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Culture Watch

  • Winston Churchill: Back and as Feisty as Ever

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Ronald Keaton is a delight as Britain’s wartime leader in Churchill, written by Keaton and nicely directed by Kurt Johns. Keaton brings the English leader back to life in an admirable show that is extraordinarily informative.

  • Winds of War in Gay London, 1939

    by Bruce Chadwick

    History lovers will enjoy the play. Playwright Morrison puts you right there in center city London amid air raid sirens, radio pre-war broadcasts and newspaper headlines.

  • South African Apartheid as Ugly History

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Sizwe Banzi Is Dead succeeds because of Fugard’s superb script, but it soars, too, due to the superior acting of Atandwa Kani as Styles, the passport schemer, and Mncedisi Shabangu as Sizwe. 

  • The Silent Movie Revival Can Be Heard All Over America

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Many theaters and entertainment complexes are not only showing silent movies to a growing number of film fans, but hosting these large, weekend long silent movie festivals that draw thousands of people.

  • The Big Top and the One Ring Circus Live On

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The Big Apple Circus has become an historical icon in American entertainment as one of the most successful circuses in the country and a trailblazer as a one ring show.

  • Cracking the World War II Nazi Code

    by Bruce Chadwick

    A review of "The Imitation Game." The power of the film is the ever urgent need to crack the Nazi code amid the nearly non-stop bombing of London and other areas of England by the German Luftwaffe and, later, V-2 rockets.

  • John Huston and Fifty Years of Hollywood History

    by Bruce Chadwick

    In film after film, he underscored history or, in contemporary films for him, gave later generations of Americans a fine look at the 1940s, 50s and 60s as through the lenses of his cameras.

  • A Powerful Look at America’s Freaks

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Side Show is the sensational story of the Hilton twins, Violent and Daisy, who gained fame in the Great Depression when they became stars of a circus side show, the movie Freaks and a touring show of their own.

  • America’s Classic Soup Kitchen Thrives

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Grand Concourse is a well written look at the latest in a long line of soup kitchens that have saved the lives of millions of hungry Americans over the years and the people who run them.

  • The Ghosts of Vietnam Are back

    by Bruce Chadwick

    It is as riveting today as it was then because all of the anti-war sentiment in the play can be felt once again, but not against Vietnam.

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