Author: Shannon Thomas

Vietgone

If all plays today were like “Vietgone,” I’d probably go to the theater a whole lot more. Playwright Qui Nguyen has crafted a funny, thoughtful and heart-wrenching story about war, immigration and love. Currently in previews at the Manhattan Theater …Read More

Stranger Things

Netflix has taken over television. Yes, that mail DVD and streaming service is now producing some of the best original programming one can find. This summer’s sleeper hit, “Stranger Things,” is an excellent addition to the Netflix canon. The show, …Read More

Presidential Podcast

The 2016 Presidential Election is…well who knows what it is, but it’s something. For some, looking forward to our next president is a good time to look back and to reflect upon the presidents of the past. That is exactly …Read More

Unfinished at Met Breuer

Saturday I took a trip to the newish Met Breuer to see what all the hoopla was about. Highlights from the visit included an installation piece from Tatsuo Miyajima, galleries much less crowded than the MoMA, and the main exhibition, …Read More

New York Philharmonic: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Going to this concert I knew a few things for certain: Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” would be performed masterfully, I would very much enjoy it and by the end of the night my hands would sting a bit from all the …Read More

Fair Weather Bushwick

If Brooklyn does one thing well it is the coffee shop. The borough is rife with them. If Brooklyn is learning to do one thing well, it’s fine dining. As flocks of young professionals move out in droves, its seems …Read More

The Lobster

This dystopian, dark comedy starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz is an odd take on relationships, love and human nature. Set in a not-too-distant future, where being single is illegal, couples rule and “loners” are forced to live in the …Read More

Eurovision 2016

Each spring Europe comes together in the campy bacchanal that is the Eurovision Song Contest. For those who have never heard of Eurovision, let this superfan provide some background. Eurovision was started in 1956 as a means of reunifying the …Read More

Catastrophe

I am a season behind in this Amazon Prime program, but “Catastrophe” is a biting comedy that I cannot get enough of. First aired in the UK, the show is about an Irish woman (Sharon Horgan), living in London who …Read More

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

This past weekend I visited the Whitney’s new location (I’m ashamed to admit this) the for first time. The new building is a fabulous home for the wonderful collection. The current exhibit, “Human Interest,” takes over the 6th and 7th floors …Read More

Taylor McFerrin

Some might scoff at the term “contemporary jazz,” but this genre (I’d describe it as a fusion of jazz, hip-hop and electronic music) is beginning to come into its own. Last night I got a chance to see Taylor McFerrin, …Read More

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

I am currently in the throes of an art identity crisis. As far back as the art class lesson they made me do in school at age eight where you paint Van Gogh’s sunflowers and Monet’s water lilies, I have …Read More

Camille O’Sullivan at the Irish Arts Center

You know a cabaret act is going to be good if the performer can have the audience in its pocket before the first song is over. Last night at the Irish Arts Center, Camille O’Sullivan did just that. This Irish-French singer …Read More

Hello, My Name is Doris

While not exactly the height of cinematic excellence, this movie, with Sally Field in the leading role, is a refreshing and fun two hours at the movie theater. Its marketed as a love story between stuck-in-a-rut Sally Field’s Doris and …Read More

Cochon

As a first-time visitor to New Orleans I was mainly preoccupied with one thing: eating. After watching the film “Chef” a few months ago, I had become a little bit obsessed with the notion that the perfect diet was beignets from …Read More

Letter from London: A Little of Everything

A week in London is simply just not enough time to take in the cultural offerings that emerge so numerous each season, you have to wonder that if every institution had the marketing budget of the Tate, if there would …Read More

The Humans

A dysfunctional family is something most people are (un)fortunate enough to experience; for better or worse I tend to always learn something about myself or a relative over Thanksgiving Dinner. The same goes for the Blake family in Stephen Karam’s …Read More

Chef’s Table

I am two episodes in to this Netflix miniseries that dedicates each episode to a different enigmatic and acclaimed chef. The production value is high, the content undeniably intriguing, and the food imagery so delectable I recommend only watching the …Read More

School of Rock

This past weekend I took two jaded ten year olds to see “School of Rock,” a show I thought might finally crack a smile on their smug, yet adorable faces. A smiles abounded, not just on my younger siblings, but …Read More

Mozart in the Jungle

I was as shocked as anyone to hear that “Mozart in the Jungle” had won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, this past Sunday. The show, produced by Amazon Prime Video, is a “binge” style …Read More

La Donna Del Lago

I learned to love opera from the sidelines: watching the drama unfold onstage, in the orchestra pit, and backstage (where the real drama occurs). That is to say I’ve seen chorus members fall off a raked stage, a maestro crack …Read More

Ripcord

Strong females leads, snarky, comical dialog, and an underlying mystery that did not feel clichéd? Can such a thing be possible on the stage? The answer is yes, the answer is “Ripcord.” David Lindsay-Abaire’s new play, commissioned by the Manhattan …Read More