Mar
5
2013

Chris Smither CD

Smither Hundred Dollar

Hundred Dollar Valentine (www.smither.com) It’s a pity more singers don’t listen to Chris Smither; don’t hear the simplicity, the rawness and the truth; don’t absorb the natural desire to engage the listener almost as a friend. Smither doesn’t rely on a big voice or a vast range, and he’d be embarrassed if any artifice or […]

Mar
3
2013

Driving Miss Daisy

Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones in DRIVING MISS DAISY (c) Jeff Busby

Theatre Royal, March 2, 2013 Remember being charmed in the theatre? It seems so long ago it is almost revolutionary to encounter it again. Driving Miss Daisy may fall within the narrow confines of naturalism, which I usually disdain, but  Alfred Uhry’s story of evolving race relations in the southern US state of Georgia during […]

Mar
1
2013

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Cat 1

Belvoir Street, February 27, 2013 Tennessee Williams crafted two endings for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The original tied no loose ends and had no pat outcomes. The second, suggested by Elia Kazan (who directed the initial 1955 Broadway production), offered the audience reassuring rays of hope. Thankfully Simon Stone’s production restores the playwright’s […]