TV critic at The New York Times. Also, the occasional film. Theater too.

Review: ‘Here We Go Again,’ a Tradition of Teenage Moms

Commentary: ‘River’: Perspective is everything for an unusual detective — The cop-with-a-gimmick series and the cop-who-broods series are often different animals. In the first, the lead character has some sort of investigatory superpower - Carrie Wells' total recall in "Unforgettable," for instance. In the second, the lead character spends a lot of time brooding, often over a whiskey glass, about an ex-wife, estranged children, a botched case or all three.

Syndicated, in Brooklyn, Offers Movies, Munchies and Breakups on the Menu — At Syndicated, a new restaurant, bar and cinema at 40 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Tim Chung is certainly bringing a likable quirkiness to the task of curating the film selections. Themed double features often fill the Friday and Saturday slots, and the Feb. 12 and 13 pairing comes under the heading "Erasing Your Ex?"

Review: Recalling the Man in ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’ — If some Americans had not registered just how brutal the Islamic State was before August 2014, the group's videotaped beheading of James Foley that month certainly drove the point home. Mr. Foley, 40, a freelance American journalist, became a symbol of sorts, evidence that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, was an unscrupulous enemy that could not be ignored.

‘Vikings,’ Here to Set the Record Straight — The new "Vikings" exhibition at Discovery Times Square is, in a sense, built around something that isn't there. The exhibition, which opens on Friday, was organized by the Swedish History Museum in conjunction with MuseumPartners in Austria, and the people behind it really want you to know that during the 350 years (750 to 1100) that Viking culture flourished, horned helmets were never a thing.

Review: ‘Southbound’ Tells Five Horror Tales, All Set on a Desolate Highway — " Southbound " is something you don't see much anymore: an anthology horror film. Its five segments do what they're supposed to do - unsettle you - but as a bonus, they also leave you wanting more. These are fragments more than complete stories, and the incompleteness is its own kind of creepiness.

Review: ‘The Pack’ Pits a Family Against Vicious Wild Dogs — Filmmakers have known since at least 1983 that it takes more than snarling dogs to make a decent snarling-dog horror movie. That's the year that "Cujo," the film version of Stephen King's novel, came out, and in addition to the fearsome title character, a deranged St.

Review: Seeking Common Ground in ‘Chatting With the Tea Party’ — Rich Orloff calls his "Chatting With the Tea Party" a "documentary-style play," but it's also a personal-journey play, which is what saves it from being either too dry or too smarmy. Mr. Orloff, dissatisfied with the glib dismissal of the Tea Party by his fellow New York liberals, set out to teach himself who Tea Party members are and what they want.

Review: In ‘Death of the Liberal Class,’ a Writer Tones Down His Anger — "Death of the Liberal Class," a muddle of a play by Robert Lyons at the New Ohio Theater, tries to find bigger themes in a male schlub's midlife crisis. But that's asking too much of the story's irksome, inconsistent characters.

Review: Spectacle of ‘Grease: Live!’ Puts Moments Above Story — When Fox's "Grease: Live!" reached its celebratory conclusion on Sunday, opinions about it no doubt differed, but one thing was clear: The live-musicals-on-television trend is no longer about trying to capture the magic of being in a Broadway house, if it ever was.
Feb 01, 2016

“Grease: Live!” was in a sense a new art form: not theater; more like “Grease” the movie, but performed live.

Feb 01, 2016

Threw down a few thoughts on "Grease: Live!" before going to bed: Had lotsa good moments, but no theatrical ones.

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Feb 09, 2016

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Feb 09, 2016

@NeverSleepAlone Hope you're having restrained fun out there, Doctor.

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Feb 09, 2016

@DrewKerr Truly? Geez. Some kind of government oversight is needed to prevent this sort of overlap.

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RT @HESherman: In Philly, "After 57 years in the theater community, the Society Hill Playhouse will close.” @TheTempleNews:

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