Author: Lois Horgan

Grantchester

I have fallen in love with an Anglican priest named Sidney Chambers, played by the captivating red-haired James Norton. Sadly, the second season has ended, but a third is promised, and you can watch it on DVD. Chambers, the vicar …Read More

The Father

Not an easy play to watch because of the subject matter: a man falling deeper and deeper into dementia. But beautifully acted, especially Frank Langella in the title role, and staged in a way to involve your mind and emotions …Read More

Blackbird

Saw this harrowing play, by the aptly named David Harrower, in a preview yesterday. I had seen it years ago at MTC with Jeff Daniels and Allison Pill and remember liking it. Jeff Daniels returns for this production, now with …Read More

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 6

I hope of all you “Downton Abbey” watchers caught the homage to Maggie Smith in last Sunday’s episode. I am referring to the scene where Cora and the Crawley girls are leading tours of the house, and have to answer …Read More

Brooklyn

I am surprised no one has mentioned “Brooklyn,” a lovely film adapted from the novel by Colm Tóibín. It’s a small story, about a young Irish girl who leaves her Irish town and mother to find work in 1950s America, …Read More

Wolf Hall on PBS

Last week, after the second episode, I commented that Mark Rylance seemed too mild to be Mantel’s Cromwell. Now, after the third episode, I would like to amend my critique. What I realize that he was doing was feeling his …Read More

Lost Lake

Just closed at the the Manhattan Theatre Club. This is a play to miss. The best thing one can say about it is that it lasts only ninety minutes, but they go by very slowly. Good acting, not much story, …Read More

Freedom Summer

  Last week, saw “Freedom Summer,” a documentary on PBS’s “American Experience.” Perhaps PBS will repeat it, but it’s available now on DVD or on iTunes. An eye-opening two-hour piece on what happened in Mississippi in 1964 when SNCC organized and sent …Read More

Act One

My husband and I saw this the other night and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. As one who remembers Moss Hart’s wonderful autobiography, I was amazed at how well James Lapine, who wrote and directed the play, captured the flavor …Read More

The Realistic Joneses

A new play by Will Eno, in previews at the Lyceum Theatre. I saw this yesterday in previews, and I wish someone would tell me what it is about. The dialogue consists mostly on non sequiturs, and is only intermittently …Read More

My Five Favorite Adapted-for-TV Series on DVD

1. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY: John Le Carre novel; 6 hour-long installments. Unforgettable performance by Alec Guinness as George Smiley, the crafty, patient, polite, relentless spymaster who digs out the Russian mole embedded in the British secret service. When you …Read More

My Five Favorite Original TV Series on DVD

1. THE WIRE: (my all-time favorite.) 5 seasons; created by David Simon. Like a great Dickens novel, “The Wire” portrays the social, political and economic life of a city with large vision, precise observation, and a moral viewpoint. Baltimore and …Read More

Borgen

I have become hooked on this Danish television series that I’m watching on DVDs. Borgen means castle, and refers to the seat of government. The series features a prime minister and her difficulties in leading a multi-party coalition and trying …Read More