Author: doug Anderson

Pride and Prejudice

We had seen and loved “Sense and Sensibility” in the little theater that doubles as a basketball court in the basement of the building across the street from NYU Law School, and we knew that Kate Hamill had written that. …Read More

P.J. Clarke’s

I’ve been going to P.J. Clarke’s since 1959 when a group of upperclassmen brought a group of “newbies” there in an effort to convince us that we wanted to join their fraternity. I had a rare cheeseburger and a cup …Read More

Junk

When we first saw Ayad Akhtar’s play, “Disgraced,” we knew his was a voice to be reckoned with, and felt smart when he won a Pulitzer Prize. With “Junk” he has widened his take on ultra-orthodoxy to include the religion …Read More

Mary Jane

In the last week we’ve been on a roll. Once again, a full theater sat without moving for an hour and 40 minutes, while five women performed Amy Herzog’s play, “Mary Jane” flawlessly. Herzog’s writing is fabulous as she brings …Read More

Tiny Beautiful Things

Last week, we spent 80 minutes with 350 audience members at The Public Theater. In absolute silence, we watched Nia Vardalos and three others speak the questions and answers to some of life’s major and minor issues. The audience tilted to …Read More

Origin

Like Dan Brown’s past books, “Angels & Demons” and “The De Vinci Code”, “Origin” is a fast-paced thriller that sets science against religion, and uses codes and symbols to best advantage. Halfway through, I wrote a note to my son …Read More

Sushi Ishikawa

Once in a while, we find a restaurant so comfortable in its own skin that we just want to return to it again and again. Such is the case with Sushi Ishikawa, 419 East 74th Street, a small and beautiful 24-seat …Read More

Le Coucou

Steven Starr has done it again with Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette St, which is in the Howard Hotel just north of Canal Street. Their quenelles are as good as those at La Grenouille and their duck with foie gras is spectacular. The …Read More

Summer Vacation at the Theater in New York

We’ve been in New York and have loved being here while most of our friends were away. With many nights spent at the theater, on and off Broadway, I took to doing short reviews on Show Score. Some of the …Read More

A Quiet Passion

The thing about this two-hour biopic on the life and times of Emily Dickinson is that you will get a sense of life in Amherst, Mass., between 1830 and 1890 for a hermit/poet from a substantial family. “A Quiet Passion” …Read More

The Promise

We saw “The Promise” last night alone in a West Palm Beach movie theater. It was a pleasure having our own screening room. Set in Turkey between 1914–1916, this is an epic tale about the Armenian genocide and their struggle …Read More

Pinch Chinese

With the closing of La Chine in the Waldorf Astoria, we’ve been searching for Chinese restaurants and were recommended to “Pinch Chinese” on Prince Street. We were told to try the dumplings as the chef and his staff all worked …Read More

The Lost City of Z

Having recently read “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus,” I developed a greater understanding of the scope of devastation done to those living here by those who came from Western Europe. It was then even more interesting to …Read More

The Zookeeper’s Wife

For the same reason “Woman in Gold” was an important film, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” revisits the horror that was Nazi Germany through the lens of a zoo in Warsaw during the five-year period starting in 1939. In the words of …Read More

Beauty and The Beast

We are currently in Palm Beach with almost no decent movie choices, but will be returning to New York for a week of theater. When Dale suggested that we see “Beauty and the Beast,” I protested. My protestations were confirmed …Read More

If I Forget

In the world of dysfunctional families, the Fischers aren’t so bad. In “If I Forget,” for all their differences, they come together after the death of their mother to celebrate their father’s birthday, and to deal with the issues of …Read More

Sunday in the Park with George

Julia Benedict’s review of the New York City Center performance of “Sunday in the Park with George” made me look to see if it would be moved to Broadway — thank you Julia. We saw it last night at the …Read More

Come From Away

“Come From Away” is the story of the 38 planes that were vectored into Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11 when US airspace was closed. It’s told from the point of view of the Newfoundlanders. Seven thousand “Plane People” arrived in a town …Read More

Fifty Shades Darker

As always, it depends where you are and what your alternatives are. Last night, Dale suggested that we see “Fifty Shades Darker.” Before buying tickets, I checked Rotten Tomatoes and was horrified to see that the professional reviews averaged 10%… …Read More

20th Century Women

I’ve been sitting with this movie for a few days, and while there is something that appeals, there’s also something that repels — the combination that draws me to most works of art. Mike Mills has written and directed a …Read More

Bellagio Hotel

Not knowing what to get Dale for her birthday, I invited her to the Bellagio for three nights on “a date.” Dale loves the Bellagio, and we go for a few nights every three or four years. Our son tells …Read More

The Founder

Years ago, I read a book about McDonald’s and found it a fabulous story of a time in America where a hard-working salesman stumbled upon a client who understood the value of his product where others didn’t and bought many …Read More

Silence

This is a tough one to review as part of me kept thinking of “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” which I loved, and part of me was wondering what on earth Scorsese was saying. The film is gorgeous and …Read More

Hidden Figures

What a wonderful film, probably the best movie we’ve seen all year. A terrific story well told. The writing is light-handed and pitch perfect. The moment when the smartest woman in the room has to run a half mile in the …Read More

La La Land

Watching “La La Land” the night after Christmas was like finding a forgotten gift under the tree and unwrapping it slowly — box within a box within a box — and enjoying the process enormously. We will return and see …Read More

Fences

As it’s our custom to spend New Year’s Eve at the movies, we saw “Fences” in an empty theater last night. We think of it as our screening room. August Wilson’s writing is spectacular and expresses the African-American experience of the …Read More

Jackie

For those of us who lived through JFK’s murder, few of us used that word or thought through the first week of this tragedy through Jackie Kennedy’s eyes. How many of us even knew Jackie? In this film, those who wrote …Read More

The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success?

This is an 87-minute documentary about Gino’s Restaurant and what it takes to become an “institution.” It also follows the story of another restauranteur trying to save his business by copying Gino’s famous zebra wallpaper. I must admit to a conflict …Read More

Moonlight

The last first-rate film made on a low budget we saw was “Whiplash;” we loved it. Last night we saw “Moonlight” and, though it was made for $5 million, you’d never have guessed. It is a beautiful and important film. …Read More

Art Basel Miami

I am predisposed to spending a few days at the Art Basel Miami fair, not only because some of the galleries bring museum quality works of art but because I run into people I don’t get to see at other …Read More

Paowalla

Formerly the chef at Danny Meyer’s Tabla, Floyd Cardoz is an Indian-American chef with restaurants both in India and here. Paowalla, a casual restaurant in Soho, is terrific. While tagged an “Indian restaurant,” we were delighted that it is more …Read More

Arrival

What’s best about “Arrival” is that it’s playing at Cinemas 1 + 2, so you can buy a very comfortable reserved seat and eliminate the stress of when to arrive. A friend sat in front of us and when we …Read More

The Band’s Visit

Set in Israel, in 1996, a group of musicians from Egypt were invited to perform in the city of Petah Tikva. They get to the wrong place — the tiny desert town of Bet Hatikva. As the last bus of …Read More

Agern

For the last few months, when I’ve been early for a train and wandering through Grand Central Station, I’ve found myself in the new food court across the hall from the escalators to the Pan Am Building (sometimes I have …Read More

Tenth Avenue Cookshop

  Cookshop is a big, bustling space that exudes “comfortable and warm.” Sort of the feel of a casual restaurant in a ski town in Colorado. We found ourselves there as a group of six, having early dinner before walking …Read More