Author: Sally Pope

Song to Song

I’ve always been fond of the word “stultifying,” but have seldom had the perfect opportunity to use it. Now I have… although in its adverbial form: “Song to Song” is the most stultifyingly boring movie I’ve ever seen. Imagine sitting …Read More

Get Out

“Get Out,” the new movie written and directed by Jordan Peele, of “Key & Peele” fame, is stylish, fun, scary and…a jolting commentary on race relations in America. A young woman takes her boyfriend home to meet her well-to-do white …Read More

Indecent

Has Charles Isherwood lost his mind? I couldn’t believe his rave review of “Indecent” in the Times. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen on a professional stage. Ill-written, overwrought, muddled and tedious. Is it that a …Read More

Marjorie Prime

“Marjorie Prime” is extraordinary. This beautifully written and performed play, set in a technologically advanced (of course) future, posits the existence of “primes,” astonishingly human creations who serve as repositories of people’s memories. A finalist for last year’s Pulitzer Prize, …Read More

HIR

  Much ado without much of a point. Seriously over- praised! (It is, however, always fun to see Kristine Nielsen do her force-of-nature thing.) Written by downtown cabaret regular Taylor Mac, “Hir,” is the story of a suburban family shaken up …Read More

Grey Gardens

  Somehow I arrived at my advanced age without ever having seen the Maysles brothers’ legendary 1975 documentary. I was delighted when the Film Forum recently revived it and was greatly looking forward to seeing the film, which is widely …Read More

My Old Lady

  This is a really bad movie. Bad writing, bad direction. Not a word of it rings true. The dialogue is awkward and repetitious and goes nowhere. The Kevin Kline character may be the most tiresome character I’ve ever seen …Read More

The Who & The What

This new play by Ayad Akhtar (whose earlier play “Disgraced” won a Pulitzer) is fantastic. Fierce, funny, and wise, “The Who & The What” examines the stresses on a Pakistani-American family when the elder daughter of the family writes a novel …Read More

Rotisserie Georgette

  A terrific new restaurant has landed in an area where good restaurants are scarce on the ground. Rotisserie Georgette, at 14 East 60th Street, specializes in…no surprise here…rotisserie-roasted meats.  Incredibly delicious roast chicken is the headliner here, but wonderfully …Read More

Mothers and Sons

Terrence McNally has returned to top form in this moving and powerful play, but what stuns is the performance of Tyne Daly. “Creating a character” does not begin to describe what she does in the role of Katharine Gerard, who …Read More

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many

This beautifully written new play by Meghan Kennedy about a mother and daughter entangled in grief is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on a stage. Period. The acting by all four performers is masterful. Get there early …Read More

Hotel Pacherhof — Novacella/Varna, Italy

I’ve just returned from a week’s euphoric stay in the Hotel Pacherhof, a place I’m convinced is the best small hotel in the world. It most assuredly has the best food of any hotel I’ve ever visited. Tucked into a …Read More

The Spectacular Now & Short Term 12

  Two thrillingly good new American movies. I’m not automatically drawn to young-people-growing-up movies, but two stunners have recently grabbed and enchanted me: “The Spectacular Now” and “Short Term 12.” Actors Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in the first, and …Read More

Before Midnight

Nice writing, nice acting — but it drove me crazy. Did anyone else find the Celine character a monster of passive-aggressiveness? I wanted to leap through the screen and strangle her. A confession: I never saw the two earlier films, …Read More

What Maisie Knew

An exquisite “little” movie…it could be French!  Beautifully nuanced characters beautifully performed by a perfectly-cast cast:  Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard (delicious!), Joanna Vanderham, Steve Coogan, and a remarkable young Onata Aprile as Maisie.  Kudos to the screenwriters and directors who …Read More

The Jammer

There are still a few days to catch Rolin James’ “The Jammer” at Atlantic Theater Stage 2 (closes Sunday).  It’s wild, crazy, vulgar, profane and funny as hell.  The phenomenal non-stop energy of the performers drives ingenious choreography by Monica …Read More

The Great God Pan

Amy Herzog’s “The Great God Pan” at Playwrights Horizons is a worthy successor to her wonderful “4000 Miles.”  It’s intense, intelligent, moving and wise, and the acting and direction are impeccable.  In contrast to the dreadful  “A Summer Day”–perhaps the …Read More

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

A knockout.  I haven’t been part of an audience that laughed that hard since “The Book of Mormon.”  The performances are superb — every one. One of our foursome thought Sigourney Weaver was too far over the top;  I thought …Read More