NealsPaper

All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Christmas: in Story, in Panto, and in Wales; and Found

A line that sticks with me from vintage television echoes through my head today, “Chatsworth, you’re a lazy boy.” Well, not so much lazy and busy and tired while adjusting … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Red — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Just as Sweeney Todd instructs Anthony Hope about the various shades of blonde hair, the painter, Mark Rothko, lectures his assistant, named Ken but never addressed as such, about the … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Moon for the Misbegotten — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Kate Galvin’s production of “A Moon for the Misbegotten” is as solid and as sturdy as Eugene O’Neill’s scrappy hulk of a rough-tongued heroine, Josie Hogan. The staging doesn’t dazzle. … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

I Love a Piano — Walnut Independence Theatre on 3

In my sophomore year of high school, when all classes were mixed in one giant gym class, I was brought out to the blacktop with juniors, seniors, and my 10th … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Liberace! — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Here’s a question. Does any well-known entertainer make a grand living today by primarily playing the piano in 1,000-seat nightclubs or on television? The answer is no. Just as no … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mickle Street — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When he was a boy, Oscar Wilde’s mother read him verse from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” a landmark collection that was published in 1855, the year after Wilde was born. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bad Jews — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When Joshua Harmon depicts “Bad Jews” in his play of that name, he’s not referring so much to the unobservant or irreverent Jew as to the Jew who qualifies as one “bad … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — Walnut Studio on 3

Far from contempt, familiarity breeds enjoyment in Christopher Sutton’s smart, adult approach to the 19 sketches comprised in the Walnut Independence Studio production of the widely-produced “I Love You, You’re … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Ellie Mooney has the mimic’s knack of catching the essence, the signature sound of a vocalist, and projecting it in a way that goes beyond imitation or impersonation to homage. … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — The Vogel Collaboration

ACTORS WORK WITH VOGEL, ZIZKA TO DEVELOP ‘DON JUAN’ AT WILMA       The Wilma put itself on a heady course when it scheduled two consecutive world premieres for this winter. … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Follow me on Twitter