Author: Ben Rosen

From The Host — Week Ending April 6, 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 4 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, April 6, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. …Read More

From The Host: Week Ending March 30, 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 4 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, March 30, 2017.   REVIEWS THEATER Saint Joan …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending March 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, March 16, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. …Read More

From The Host – For the Week Ending March 2, 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 4 comment to share with you for the week ending Thursday, March 2, 2017. Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. …Read More

From The Host – Week Ending January 5, 2017

Dear VDP Guest, We are pleased to invite you to the first Virtual Dinner Party of 2017. We are serving up 21 reviews and 3 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, January 5, 2017.   REVIEWS MOVIES La …Read More

The Present/The Babylon Line

Is there a place in the theater for a play that is not a blockbuster, is cast with stars, has critics raving and tickets unavailable? Actually, yes. This past week, after we saw a blockbuster on Broadway (in previews) — “The Present” …Read More

Finian’s Rainbow

Good advice from the medical and the musical theater worlds: Hippocrates: Do no harm Finian’s Rainbow: Ignore the book Originally opening on Broadway in 1947, the Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg musical “Finian’s Rainbow” ran for two years despite a famously weak …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 4 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 20, 2016. REVIEWS BOOKS Another Brooklyn News of …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 11 reviews and 8 comments to share with you for the week ending Thursday, October 13, 2016.Please click on www.theVDP.com to savor the repast. REVIEWS THEATER …Read More

A Day by the Sea

One of the joys of living in New York is discovering theatrical jewels. A couple of years ago we happened upon such a jewel, the tiny Mint Theater Company, It was then was presenting “London Wall,” a terrific revival of …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, With this posting of 14 new reviews, the 2015-16 season of the Virtual Dinner Party comes to an end. Summer arrives in eight days, and our annual ideas festival, KentPresents, will consume us for the …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, May 19, we posted 11 new reviews on the VDP: TELEVISION Eurovision 2016 Foyle’s War Night Manager THEATER The Father Incognito Toast RESTAURANTS German Gymnasium Park Chinois BOOKS Sex with …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Members, We’ve noticed a phenomenon in recent years at (real) dinner parties. The once-frequent question of “What movie have you seen recently” is being displaced by “What TV series are you bingeing on?” What amazes us …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, May 5, we posted 10 new reviews on the VDP: TELEVISION The People vs. O.J. Simpson BOOKS Family Jewels Journey Interrupted Zero K RESTAURANTS Eli’s Night Shift THEATER Henry IV, …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, April 21, we posted 11 new reviews on the VDP: MOVIES Born to be Blue The Jungle Book Miles Ahead THEATER American Psycho Ironbound BOOKS Eligible My Name is Lucy …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, April 14, we posted 14 new reviews on the VDP: THEATER The Effect Head of Passes The Gabriels Iolanthe Shuffle Along MUSIC Emerson String Quartet New Jersey Symphony Regina Carter …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, March 31, we posted 16 new reviews on the VDP: THEATER A Celebration of Harold Pinter The Crucible Sense and Sensibility She Loves Me (2 reviews) RESTAURANTS Four Seasons Racines …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, March 24, we posted 10 new reviews on the VDP: MOVIES 45 Years Marguerite OPERA Boris Godunov Roberto Devereux THEATER Dry Powder Shuffle Along BOOKS Seven Brief Lessons on Physics …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, March 17, we posted 14 new reviews on the VDP: BOOKS The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built The Musical Brain This Old Man: All …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, March 3, fifteen new reviews were posted on theVDP.com: BOOKS The Devil’s Chessboard Germany: Memories of a Nation Originals Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind West of Eden THEATRE Blackbird Nice …Read More

Demystifying Energy

Scott Tinker and Stewart Brand (not pictured) discuss the innovations in sustainable energy and answer some questions about this complex field.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Stewart Brand – Founder, Whole Earth Catalog Scott Tinker – State Geologist of Texas …Read More

Sex in America

Husband and wife, Judith Shulevitz and Nick Lemann, talk about the way our society deals with sex today. Including a discussion about sexual assault on college campuses.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Nick Lemann – Writer and columnist Judith Shulevitz – …Read More

State of Play(s): The Future of Theater

Moderator David Benedict sits with theatre professional Ted Chapin, Richard Maltby Jr., and Jack Viertel to discuss the state of contemporary theater and what’s ahead in the future.   Presented at KentPresents by David Benedict – Author, writing the authorized biography of …Read More

Automobiles: Disruption Ahead!

Tesla’s JB Straubel and Hyundai’s Gilbert Castillo are joined by moderator Alex Taylor to discuss new innovations automotive technology. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Gilbert Castillo – Senior Group Manager of Advanced Vehicle Strategy, Hyundai JB Straubel – Co-founder, Tesla …Read More

Lewis Lapham: The World in Time

Former editor of Harper’s Magazine and founder and editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, Lewis Lapham is a magazine world legend; here he is interviewed by Nick Lemann.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Lewis Lapham – Founder and editor, Lapham’s Quarterly Nick …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending Thursday, February 25, sixteen new reviews were posted on theVDP.com: BOOKS Better Living Through Criticism The Island at the Center of the World A Question of Honor The Sphinx THEATER Battlefield …Read More

Preserving Our Cultural Heritage

Cultural landmarks are disappearing for a variety of reasons. Our panel featuring Judith Dobrzynski, Adam Lowe and Bonnie Burnham (not pictured) talk about what is being done to protect and rebuild some of these unique landmarks.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 …Read More

Morris Vs. Buckley: The Gipper vs. The Veep

Edmund Morris and Christopher Buckley, acclaimed writers and long-time friends, are known for the verbal sparring. Frank Delaney (not pictured) moderates a light hearted debate between the two. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Christopher Buckley – Author and humorist Frank …Read More

21st Century Art Museums: Better or Worse?

Judith Dobrzynski moderates a panel of museum and art professionals, including Susan Taylor, Jerry Saltz and Richard Olcott, to discuss the merits and drawbacks of the modern museum. Presented atKentPresents 2015 by Judith Dobrzynski – Journalist Richard Olcott – Design …Read More

Understanding Islamic Extremism

Joshua Landis, Chase Robinson and moderator Michael Kramer parse out the facts of Islamic extremism and ISIS. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by: Michael Kramer – Playwright and journalist Joshua Landis – Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the …Read More

Rating Presidents

Ed Rollins, Paul Krugman, Dan Kevles, David Nasaw and Jay Kriegel discuss the legacies of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Dan Kevles – Author Jay Kriegel – Senior Adviser, Related Companies Paul Krugman …Read More

From the Host…

Dear Virtual Dinner Party Member, For the week ending February 11, eleven new reviews were posted: MOVIES The Finest Hours Hail, Caesar! The Lady in the Van BOOKS Destiny and Power Ordinary Light OPERA Manon Lescaut Une Éducation Manquée MUSIC …Read More

Disruptive Technology 1

Panelists Bill Gross, Scott Fraser, Steve Koonin and JB Straubel and moderator Jim Fruchterman (not pictured) participate in this exciting panel about new technologies. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Scott Fraser – Director of Science Initiatives, USC Jim Fruchterman – …Read More

The Arts and Crafts of Biography

Frank Delaney moderates this panel featuring James Atlas, Sylvia Jukes Morris and David Nasaw on their works within the compelling non-fiction genre of biographies.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by James Atlas – Biographer of Belmore Schwartz Frank Delaney – BBC …Read More

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children & Identity

Andrew Solomon is interviewed by Judith Shulevitz about different families and raising unique children.   Presented at KentPresents 2015 by Judith Shulevitz – Journalist Andrew Solomon – Author, Winner of the National Book Award