September 18, 2013 |
John Pollono, author of the much-feted "Small Engine Repair," has supplied Rogue Machine with the world premiere of another gritty New Hampshire drama, "Lost Girls. " The play, about the reunion between a stressed-out retail clerk and her recovering alcoholic ex-husband after their teenage daughter goes missing, provides further theatrical evidence that the traumatic past doesn't die but rather moves underground, waiting for justice yet grateful for even a flicker of sympathy. The production, directed with emotional sensitivity by Rogue Machine artistic director John Perrin Flynn, lays on the local color a bit thick in the opening moments.
August 23, 2013 |
Two million recent high school graduates will start college in the coming weeks. Sadly, many of them selected schools for the wrong reasons. How did they pick them? Many played the ratings game. "By all means stick to the rankings," they believed. "Never go to a school that is even one slot below the top one that admitted you. " Others chose a college because they liked the tour guide or thought they would make the most friends and be most comfortable. Those are two common ways students and parents choose a college.
August 22, 2013 |
Grossly underappreciated for his harrowing work on TV's "Southland," Michael Cudlitz is an explosive actor masterful at keeping that energy (barely) under control, buzzing just below the surface. He does so again - initially, at least - in director Suri Krishnamma's psychological thriller, originally titled "The Grief Tourist. " Jim, a Yonkers security guard on the graveyard shift, spends his vacations visiting the haunts of serial killers. It's a macabre hobby, but he defends it: How is his trip to California to see the crime scenes of 1960s arsonist Carl Marznap (Pruitt Taylor Vince)
July 31, 2013 |
The weekday matinee showing of “Blackfish” drew about 30 paying customers in a theater with seats for 250. Mainly older couples, though there was a trio of brawny guys, so big they seemed unlikely to fit into a single seat each, wearing muscle shirts that showed off the tattoos that thoroughly covered their arms, and joking nonstop. Not the likeliest audience for a documentary about captive whales, screening in an art cinema. Critics almost uniformly praised the film about captive killer whales and the trainers they have injured and, a few times, killed.
May 31, 2013 |
The gig: Mary Micucci, 63, is the owner of Along Came Mary Events, one of Hollywood's leading catering and special events businesses. Often called the "caterer to the stars," Micucci has handled more than 400 movie premieres, from "Titanic" in 1997 to "The Hangover Part III" earlier this month, as well as numerous Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards parties. She has also catered events for numerous celebrities, including Barbra Streisand's wedding to actor James Brolin in 1998. The food business wasn't an obvious career path for Micucci, a former flight attendant who also worked as a cocktail waitress while she was a student at Cal State L.A., where she got her degree in psychology and communications.
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May 18, 2013 |
Hedda Bolgar, a psychologist old enough to have attended Sigmund Freud's lectures in Vienna but youthful enough to have treated patients until just a few weeks ago, has died. She was 103. Her mind was sharp, her zest for work keen, and her social calendar full until shortly before her death on Monday, said Allen Yasser, her longtime friend and colleague. "It took me a month to get a dinner date with her, and we were virtually family," said Yasser, a psychologist and psychoanalyst.