Archive for June 20th, 2011

Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Howard Hawks screwball masterpiece "Bringing Up Baby" playing for one week at Film Forum

by Sam Juliano

Father’s Day, Graduation, Senior Proms, and the beginning of summer.  Late June is air-conditioning time, and the opportunity to finally get to long-delayed projects.  Sadly and almost inevitably, many of the plans remain dormant, and some of us do well just to ward off the heat and relax.  But not everyone in the WitD circle is enjoying the beginning of summer.  Tony d’Ambra and Jaime Grijalba are approaching their winter seasons in Sydney and Santiago respectively.

At Wonders in the Dark the past week included a remarkable maraton discussion under the post on ‘The Greatest Genius the Cinema Has Produced” and another by Jaime Grijalba taking a look at the first half of 2011 in movies.  Allan’s ‘Fish Obscuro’ series continues to update very Tuesday and Friday, while Jamie Uhrer’s “Getting Over the Beatles” series remains a model in musical scholarship.  Bob Clark’s weekend reviews on anime are, as always, brilliantly crafted.

Lucille and I had a relatively busy week on the cultural scene that included a fine staging at the Classic Theatre Company on 4th Street of Tony Speciale’s Unnatural Acts, a two-act work, inspired by events that occurred at Harvard University in the spring of 1920, when a student’s suicide sparked a campus-wide investigation by a secret court of administrators aimed at purging the university of a group of homosexual students.   Untold stories of some of these students are brought to light in an intimate presentation that explores themes of fear and societal intolerance that are as relevent today as they were 91 years ago.  The staging was quite imaginative, as much was made of simple props, and the backround bookcase was effectively multi-purpose.  A bizarre conclusion and an earlier sequence before intermission when the students begin to yell at the top of their lungs were misfires, but for the most part the play was both funny and affecting, and shed light on a taboo subject.  The three-quarter theatre-in-the-round mini-auditorium seemed perfect for this subject, and the young men in the cast delivered impressive performances. (more…)

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