All Is Lost: Striking story of solitude

Each year, the New York Film Festival celebrates the best in movies including major releases, independent works and thought provoking documentaries. Highlighting this year’s offerings was the new offering from actor Robert Redford, All Is Lost, soon to open in area theaters.   The film ...

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‘Happy Fella’ returns to Goodspeed

Doug Carpenter and Bill Nolte in Goodspeed’s The Most Happy Fella. —Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Frank Loesser’s 1956 “The Most Happy Fella” has a fine history with the Goodspeed Opera House. In 1991, the theater mounted the revival of the show and adapted it for two pianos instead of a full orchestra. This  production moved to Los Angeles and then to Broadway in 1992. It’s back at the ...

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Fabulous fruitfulness of fall

Pears, fall treats.

“Each tree, laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th’ eye. Tempting, stirr’d in me sudden appetite to pluck and eat…” John Milton (Paradise Lost) Fall is full of such sensuously ripe and robust flavors to enjoy, especially the fruits of fall like crisp, juicy, round apples, creamy, curvy ...

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Time to pick some apples — and bake them!

Baked apple with vanilla crème.

It’s the perfect time of year to go apple picking and that is just what my younger girls did. They each brought home a basket filled to the top and immediately started asking for apple pie, applesauce and, of course, Nana’s famous apple cake.  Decisions, decisions! I love to make all of those ...

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: Approaching perfection

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

If you want to make a statement and draw attention to yourself, drive the redesigned Porsche 911. During just a week behind the wheel of this silver-gray beauty, we got thumbs-up from a guy in a Volkswagen sedan, innumerable compliments from coworkers, and an admonition from a passenger-van ...

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Sample some Oscar nominees this weekend

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? Without having to leave your home, you can treat yourselves to some films nominated for Academy Awards in past years. Check out these classics.   Dr. Strangelove The Best Picture race of 1964 included such traditional entries as Mary ...

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Westport goes out with a whimper

Ben Steinfeld, Eric Bryant, and Jim Bracchitta in “Room Service” by John Murray and Allen Boretz, directed by Mark Lamos, at Westport Country Playhouse, playing through October 27. Photo by Carol Rosegg

There are times when one does wonder “Why?”  Why would the Westport Country Playhouse with Mark Lamos, one of America’s top directors, put on a production of “Room Service,” a 1937 comedy by John Murray and Allen Boretz that at best offers a laugh or two? Even with a stellar cast, the show ...

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