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Calendar, Night&Day Great Expectations of Indulgence

Great Expectations of Indulgence

Many are having a rough go of it this year -- foreclosed upon, unemployed, tear-gassed. We recommend a hot meat pie, plum pudding if you must, followed by a stroll through a perfectly romanticized Victorian London, free of all the…
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Film, </i>A Christmas Carol</i> : Dickens in CGI

A Christmas Carol : Dickens in CGI

It's not hard to see how the director of Forrest Gump would be thought a good fit to adapt the dearly beloved (and much lampooned) Charles Dickens tale that has survived nearly 170 years of retelling if you count the…
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Culture, Stage <i>Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge</i> ably spoofs <i>A Christmas Carol</i>

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge ably spoofs A Christmas Carol

What makes a work of art timeless? We tend to confer classic status upon art that somehow manages to transcend its own era and speak to every age. Picasso created Guernica to invoke the mayhem and bloodshed of the Spanish…
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Music, Bouncer

I Think, Therefore I Drink

To paraphrase John Kerry, you can be very certain about something and still be very wrong. This has been bothering me for quite some time. Right-wingers are (usually) intelligent people who are sure they are correct on many issues about…
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Culture, Stage

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol has been a yearly tradition at ACT for over a quarter-century, and the cast is always so huge I'm inclined to rename it The ACT Young Conservatory Full-Employment Project, but that title sucks for a number of…
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