Author: benrosen

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

Heisenberg

Last night, we saw a Manhattan Theatre Club preview performance (opens Oct. 13) of “Heisenberg” on Broadway; it was staged a year ago by MTC off-Broadway. The play is a two-hander with Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt, and is written …Read More

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

We just saw a screening of this absorbing new PBS American Masters film by producer-director Peter Rosen (no relation). Finnish-American Eero Saarinen was the son of another well-known architect, Eliel. The two worked together, then competed, most notably for the …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, June 2, we posted 7 new reviews on the VDP: RESTAURANTS Come Prime Lincoln Quality Eats BOOKS Neapolitan Quartet The Sport of Kings MUSIC NY Philharmonic – Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, May 16, we posted 13 new reviews on the VDP: THEATER A Doll’s House (2 reviews) The Father Fully Committed Indecent (2 reviews) VISUAL ARTS Harry Bertoia’s Atmosphere for Enjoyment …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, April 28, we posted 10 new reviews on the VDP: MOVIES A Hologram for the King PAPA: Hemingway in Cuba Viva BOOKS The Industries of the Future My Struggle, Book …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, April 7, we posted 9 new reviews on the VDP: THEATER Dear Evan Hansen Dry Powder Nathan the Wise The Robber Bridegroom MOVIES Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood Hello, …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, March 10, five new reviews were posted on theVDP.com: MOVIES Hail, Caesar! London Has Fallen RESTAURANTS Jams Restaurant Rotisserie Georgette BOOKS Innocents and Others Please note that the VDP website …Read More

Empowering the Patient: Prospects of Personalized Medicine

New breakthroughs are being made in the field of personalized medicine, our panelists Frances Arnold (left), Dan Kevles (center) and Scott Fraser (right) talk about how genomics, technology, chemistry and biology are currently coming together to change the way we …Read More

Election 2016: Issues That Will Dominate

Back in August we held a panel to discuss what issues would be dominating the Presidential election this year. Check in to see what panelists Janet Gornick, Michael Kramer (center) and Nick Lemann (right) predicted.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by …Read More

GMOs: Dangerous, or Panacea?

Corby Kummer (left) and Stewart Brand (right) discuss the debate on GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. Are they dangerous to our health, or are they a safe, environmentally friendly alternative?   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Stewart Brand – Founder, Whole …Read More

Steve Jobs

Based (very) loosely on Walter Isaacson’s book, directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, starring Michael Fassbender as Steve. Finally got around to watching it last night at home on-demand. Takeaway: Terrific book, terrible movie – on …Read More

Can Technology Save Us?

New technologies are emerging all the time, and some of the best hold big promises for our future. How big? Our panelists Carlos Riva, Adam Lowe and moderator Jim Fruchterman (not pictured) discuss what developments in their respective fields could …Read More

From the Host

    Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, February 18, nine new reviews were posted on theVDP.com: THEATER Blackbird Hangmen Les Liaisons Dangereuses MOVIES Hail Caesar! Lady in the Van BOOKS In Other Words MUSIC Chinese New …Read More

Disruptive Technologies II

In part two of the disruptive technology panels Howard Morgan, Steven Koonin, Scott Tinker are joined by moderator Michael Moritz to discuss another set of groundbreaking technologies.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Steve Koonin – Director, NYU’s Center for Urban …Read More

Cancer: Research, Prevention & Treatment

Former Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center directors Paul Marks and Harold Varmus discuss the current state of cancer research and new ways of treating and preventing the disease.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Paul Marks – President Emeritus, Sloan Kettering …Read More

New Art: What Makes A Generation?

Chris Lew moderates a discussion with two groundbreaking contemporary artists Rachel Rose and Xaviera Simmons on their work and the emerging generation of new artists. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Chris Lew – Associate Curator, The Whitney Museum Rachel Rose …Read More

Time in the Age of Information

André Aciman and Judith Shulevitz deliver an intriguing discussion on communication and aging in today’s era of modern information technology. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by André Aciman – Writer and columnist Judith Shulevitz – Writer and columnist

How the Supreme Court is Changing America

Michael Kramer (far right) moderates a discussion with James Zirin (left) and Jeffrey Toobin (center) on the monumental Supreme Court decisions in recent history and there effects on the country. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Michael Kramer – Journalist and …Read More

Evolution: Recreating the Past, Exploring the Future

Scott Fraser moderates this discussion with Frances Arnold and Stewart Brand on applying breakthroughs in the field of evolutionary science to other scientific areas.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Frances Arnold – Professor, Caltech Stewart Brand – Founder, “Whole …Read More

If I Loved You…The Anatomy of a Musical Scene

Broadway directors Ted Chapin, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Jack Viertel deconstruct a performance of “The Bench Scene” from “Carousel, regarded as one of the classic scenes in musical history. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Ted Chapin – President, Rodgers and …Read More

World Economic Outlook

Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman is interviewed by Steven Pearlstein covering the state of today’s world economy.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by: Paul Krugman – Nobel winning economist Steven Pearlstein – Washington Post columnist  

World Order

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, interviewed by Christopher Buckley about the current state of global affairs. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Christopher Buckley – Novelist and Humorist Henry Kissinger – Former Secretary of State  

Cybersecurity, Cyberwar and Surveillance

Joe Nocera, David Sanger and James Hoge discuss cyber threats and safety. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by James Hoge – Senior Advisor at Teneo Intelligence Joe Nocera – Columnist for The New York Times David Sanger – National Security Corespondent for …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, Every Friday from today through March 11, the VDP will post five new videos from our ideas festival, KentPresents 2015. The range of topics is wide – visual and performing arts, global affairs and national …Read More

KentPresents 2015 Aperitifs

13 speakers each give 4-minute previews of their panels to be presented subsequently in the program. An informative and humorous introduction to the world of KentPresents, moderated by Frank Delaney, seen here with Jay Kriegel. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by: …Read More