Author: benrosen

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

KentPresents in 13 Minutes

With the holidays just ahead, you may find yourself craving intellectual and cultural stimulation to help offset the post-prandial sloth that afflicts many of us on Thanksgiving. If that’s the case, and you’d like to feel you’ve done something productive, …Read More

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

In 1981, the Stephen Sondheim/Hal Prince musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” opened on Broadway to great anticipation. Just two years earlier the pair’s “Sweeney Todd” had won eight Tony awards, including Best Musical. Surprisingly, “Merrily” closed after 16 performances. How …Read More

From The Host

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 14 reviews and 2 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, November 17, 2016. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast.   …Read More

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Based on Ben Fountain’s award-winning novel of four years ago, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” has been turned into a movie as exceptionally engrossing as is the book. Ang Lee has directed an appealing and accomplished ensemble of mostly unknowns …Read More

From The Host

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 8 reviews and 3 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, November 10, 2016. REVIEWS THEATER Dead Poets …Read More

From The Host

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 1o reviews and 3 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, November 3, 2016. REVIEWS   VISUAL ARTS …Read More

From The Host

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 14 reviews and 2 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 27, 2016. REVIEWS THEATER Holiday Inn The …Read More

From The Host

Dear VDP Reader,   We are pleased to invite you to this week’s Virtual Dinner Party. We are serving up 14 reviews and 4 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 6, 2016. THEATER Battlefield Apple and Gabriel …Read More

L’Italiana in Algeri

Last night’s seasonal premiere at the Met of Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” was great fun. It was opera buffa created by the master of the genre, even though the master himself was a mere 21 when he composed the opera …Read More

From The Host

It’s the last day of September, and the Virtual Dinner Party is back. We missed you over the summer, and  hope you missed us. The Dinner’s wonderful Sous-chef of the past year, Shannon Thomas, has moved on to the next …Read More