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Love, Lucre… and Laughs

Love, Lucre… and Laughs

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | What is more powerful? Love or death? That’s the question raised by the Caribbean folktale at the center of “Once On This Island,” now getting a glorious revival at Circle in the Square. As often happens in mythic tales, humans are little more than playthings for the gods, but there are lessons […]

Southern Exposures  

Southern Exposures  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | For all its frolicsome charm and antic staging, Roundabout’s exuberant and endearing, production of “The Robber Bridegroom” now at the Laura Pels has a darker and more serious side. Like the story’s two-faced hero — who is both the dark “Bandit of the Woods” and the gentlemanly Jamie Lockhart — the story […]

Bridges Over Troubled Water

Bridges Over Troubled Water

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | In the 1990s, “The Bridges of Madison County” emerged a kind of a cultural juggernaut. The shamelessly lovey-dovey novel by Robert James Waller, on the New York Times bestseller list for three years, sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The film, starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood (who also directed), was […]

Desperate Housewife

Desperate Housewife

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | In the 2002 movie “Far From Heaven,” writer-director Todd Haynes relied on the sumptuous, supercharged visual style of Douglas Sirk to heighten the emotional power of a marriage in crisis in a leafy suburb in Eisenhower-era Connecticut. In adapting the groundbreaking art-house film (which starred Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid as […]