Tennessee’s Streetcar takes a sharp curve

A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Rep.

It’s always challenging to review a show when you know the play inside-out and have seen it many times. The Yale Rep production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a fine production, but it has problems. For starters, the luscious poetry of the play seems to have been ...

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Rush: Ron Howard reinvents his movie self

Each week, the Reel Dad checks the nutritional value of a movie — new or classic — to help you choose what to watch. This week’s pick is a new film from director Ron Howard, Rush. When I was a kid, I wanted to race cars. Fast. Like many kids, I pictured myself behind the... Read More

Make meals magical with fresh herbs

Herbs make meals magical.

“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” — Charlemagne There is something quite magical about meandering through a thriving herb garden. Kitchen inspiration will surely be aroused by the many types of herbs to be found there. Tiny thyme plants tucked among the spaces of a ...

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‘The Maids’: A perfect psychodrama

Emma Nissenbaum as Claire and Kelly McMurray as Solange in ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet at the Sherman Playhouse.

Predating “The Help” and “The Butler” is “The Maids” by Jean Genet. This play, which made its premier in 1947, is now in production at the Sherman Playhouse. It definitely highlights the division between the upper and lower classes.  However, this stunning work is a psychodrama focusing on two ...

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A weekend for guilty pleasures

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? In our family, we love to savor what we call guilty pleasures, films that overcome what they lack in quality with enough indulgence to wildly entertain. While these films are rarely honored with Oscars — and, when they are, you wonder for years — ...

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A tale of two Gatsbys

Each week, the Reel Dad checks the nutritional value of a movie — new or classic — to help you choose what to watch. This week, he compares two adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the 2013 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio, now available on DVD and On Demand, and the 1974 ...

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Beef stew with chocolate? Yes!

Twice Baked Twins stew, with a secret ingredient.

We love to make bowls of traditional beef stew to feed our bodies as well as our souls. This is our Mom’s recipe and a favorite of our Dad’s and she made this dish quite often.  Mom would use any vegetable in season and made this anytime of the year, serving it over buttered mashed... Read More