Author: Julia Benedict


Darren Aronofsky’s new film, “Mother!” was nothing like I thought it would be. Sure, I was prepared by all the reports that one would “either love it or hate it” and I knew that the camera was on Jennifer Lawrence’s …Read More

The Hairy Ape

The Park Avenue Armory and Old Vic London Production of Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Hairy Ape” is a physical feat. Bobby Cannavale leads the charge in a beautifully choreographed non-stop journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to …Read More

His Bloody Project

Set circa 1869 in a rural Scottish village, “His Bloody Project” imagines the homicides committed by a 17-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. The author, Graeme Macrae Burnet deftly structures his novel with testimonials of Roddy’s character; eyewitness accounts; his own memoir; medical …Read More

Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Last night we stopped in for some pre-dinner oysters at Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, in New Orleans. What a good idea that was! Fresh, sweet, but (possibly) too big, the oysters went down a treat. Washed down with Dixie …Read More


I very rarely go to the opera, so “Salome” at the Metropolitan Opera was a great treat. I saw a 2003 reading of Oscar Wilde’s play on Broadway, so I knew the story of Salome’s boredom with her life in general, …Read More

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford’s new multi-narrative film, “Nocturnal Animals,” features Amy Adams as Susan, a woman who is unhappy in her marriage and even less happy with the art she curates for her gallery. Susan needs something to change in her life, …Read More

The Collector

Based on the 1963 novel by John Fowles and the 1965 film with Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar, “The Collector” is a sinister and unnerving tale. It was adapted for the stage by Mark Healy in 1998. “The Collector” here …Read More

The Association of Small Bombs

This novel dissects a 1996 terrorist attack at a market in Delhi– from the disappointment in the blast by the terrorist, to his mild-mannered friend who is arrested for the crime; to the devastation and grief of the parents of …Read More

Sunday in the Park with George

City Center Annual Gala’s all-too-brief production of “Sunday in the Park with George” ran this week from Monday through Wednesday, and I feel lucky to have seen it. The production starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, alongside a glowing cast of …Read More

Stranger Things

When Netflix released “Stranger Things” over this past summer, it was an instant success for the creators and television newbies, Matt and Ross Duffer. The accolades came with good reason, as The Duffer Brothers, as they are known, successfully wrote …Read More