Author: benrosen

Alma

Her last name is Deutscher, but this British 12-year-old has already reached the pinnacle of show business: one-name status. Alma. She is, and always will be, Alma. She’s clearly sent from heaven, this epitome of both joy and talent. Since …Read More

The Exterminating Angel

It’s not that I’m anti-modern opera. It’s just that so much of it forces me to sacrifice the many musical pleasures that I normally receive from, shall I say, more traditional works. As to contemporary opera, one of my all-time …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending November 2, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 4 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, November 2, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to …Read More

Time and the Conways

We first became a fan of playwright J.B. Priestley some years ago when we saw “Dangerous Corner” in London, which we enjoyed even more than his most famous play, “An Inspector Calls.” Last night, we saw Priestley’s “Time and the …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending October 26, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 10 reviews and 2 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 26, 2017.   REVIEWS BOOKS …Read More

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

We attended Bart Sher’s production at the Met Opera last night. We’ve seen this version several times before, but we’d gladly return this evening. It’s that entertaining. The casts and conductors may change from year to year, but the gorgeous, …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending October 19, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 5 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 19, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending October 12, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 10 reviews and 5 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 12, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to …Read More

Magpie Murders

If I were to suggest that you read this whodunit because it’s written by Anthony Horowitz, you’d probably say, “Never heard of him.” But if I were to tell you that the author is also the creator and writer of …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending October 6, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, Welcome back! We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 15 reviews to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 6, 2017.   REVIEWS THEATER Follies …Read More

From The Host: See You in September!

Dear VDP Guest, As KentPresents increasingly demands more of our time and attention, we must announce that this will be our final posting on the Virtual Dinner Party website until September. Of course, we hope to see you in Kent this …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending May 4, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 8 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, May 4, 2017. As KentPresents increasingly …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending April 27, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 8 reviews and 2 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, April 27, 2017. REVIEWS MOVIES NOLA French Film …Read More

Sweat

“Sweat” is an almost. It does the serious stuff well. An industrial town disintegrates for all the usual reasons. Former friends become enemies as factories shrink, jobs disappear and unions lose power. Crime, drugs and fights infect the community. Sounds …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending April 24, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 12 reviews to share with you for the ten-day week ending Monday, April 24, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. REVIEWS …Read More

Homage to White Asparagus

This is a love letter to a vegetable. Last week, four of us dined at the midtown country French restaurant we love, La Mangeoire, when lo and behold, white asparagus appeared on the menu as a special. We all ordered …Read More

The Price

A lesser Arthur Miller play, and really unsatisfying. Even a talented cast (Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, Jessica Hecht, Tony Shalhoub) couldn’t rescue it. Actually, we thought their performances were…strange. Blame it on the director? Danny DeVito played the comic role …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending April 13, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 11 reviews and 4 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

From The Host – For the Week Ending March 23, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 1 comment to share with you for the week ending Thursday, March 23, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. …Read More

The New Yorkers

Encores! has done it again with “The New Yorkers.” Led by artistic director Jack Viertel, this theater series from New York City Center has resurrected a forgotten, creaky, nine-decade-old Cole Porter musical and created an evening of dance, songs and …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending March 9, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 7 reviews and 5 comment to share with you for the week ending Thursday, March 9, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

Sweeney Todd (in a pie shop)

Last night we experienced one of our most thrilling theater experiences. Surprisingly, it took place at a revival. But what a revival! A new production of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical “Sweeney Todd” has just arrived from London, where it …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending February 23, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 10 reviews and 1 comment to share with you for the week ending Thursday, February 23, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending February 16, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 6 reviews and 5 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, February 16, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending February 9, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up six reviews and four comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, February 9, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending February 2, 2017

  Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 2 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, February 2, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

The Liar

  Is there a better wordsmith in the theater than David Ives (“Venus in Fur”)? Not in my opinion. For a perfect example of this genius at at his best, head on down to Classic Stage Company and feast on …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending January 27, 2017

  Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 5 reviews and 7 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, January 27, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending January 19, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 12 reviews and 2 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, January 19, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. …Read More

Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past

“La La Land” isn’t the only feel-good movie playing these days. Less well known, but just as entertaining, is “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past,” playing at the Cinema Village on E. 12th St. It will not …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending January 12, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. Today we are serving up 9 reviews and 8 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, January 12, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the …Read More

Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum tour we chose (of the five available) sure sounded inviting: Shop Life. Set in the 1870s, Lower East Side, Manhattan. “View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods. Family-run stores filled the lower level …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending December 8, 2016

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 7 reviews and 7 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, December 8, 2016. REVIEWS BOOKS The Undoing Project: A …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending December 1, 2016

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 12 reviews and 3 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, December 1, 2016. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast.   …Read More

From The Host

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this short week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 6 reviews and 4 comments. The table has been set earlier than usual to accommodate gatherings around other tables later in the …Read More