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

Review: ‘The Dreamer Examines His Pillow’ Talks of Love, Lust and Lots More — In its current revival by the Attic Theater Company, " The Dreamer Examines His Pillow,"an early John Patrick Shanley work, is an intermissionless 90 minutes, but it's really a play in three parts. From the audience's perspective this particular production's three parts are: "Not buying it," "Just got more interesting" and, "Ah, now it all makes sense."

‘Playing House’ Begins Its Second Season a Little More Grown-Up — The USA comedy " Playing House " lived to see a second season only after an extended lobbying effort by its few but vocal fans. With that season beginning on Tuesday night, the almost 100 percent of Americans who didn't get on board for Season 1 need to ask themselves: Should they give the show a second chance?

Review: ‘Significant Mother’ Puts a Son in an Awkward Situation — When is progress the opposite of progress? When it's " Significant Mother," a new comedy on CW that tried for the cutting edge but ended up dull and dimwitted. You can feel the ill-advised thinking that led to this summer stupefier, which has its premiere on Monday night: "Older women dating younger guys is hot these days, so how about an older woman who's dating her son's best friend?"

‘Our Man in Tehran’: ‘Argo’ terror, from those who lived it — Movie review of "Our Man in Tehran": This documentary reminds us that the story of how six American Embassy workers escaped Iran in 1980 was not a movie but scary real life. It made a darn good Hollywood movie, and the story of how the Canadian ambassador and others helped six American Embassy workers escape Iran in 1980 also makes a pretty watchable documentary.

Comedy Central’s ‘Review’ and Its Hapless Critic Return — Mainstream television comedies sometimes seem as if they are innovative only within relatively narrow limits. Families in domestic sitcoms are more diverse and more blended these days, but they're still working the old families-acting-funny formulas. Workplaces in workplace comedies aren't all white and male, but they're still grounded in office dynamics.

J. K. Rowling’s Family History on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ — On Sunday on the TLC genealogy show "Who Do You Think You Are?," fans of Harry Potter can learn quite a lot about his mother - not Lily Potter, but his real mother, the writer who gave birth to him.

Review: In ‘Vacation,’ Christina Applegate and Ed Helms Travel to Walley World — The kid with the potty mouth may cost Warner Bros. some business at the box office, but in a strange way he elevates "Vacation," a very funny R-rated movie with a PG-13 heart.
Jul 28, 2015

"Ms. Applegate has what is surely the summer’s best vomit scene."…

Jul 29, 2015

This Neil Genzlinger review hurts me more than the one in which he said I LOVE LUCY is not that funny:…

Jul 29, 2015

"Ms. Applegate has what is surely the summer’s best vomit scene."

Jul 30, 2015

"Ms. Applegate has what is surely the summer’s best vomit scene." Oh my, yes. NY Times on ‘Vacation':

Jul 30, 2015

RT @nytimes: NYT movie review: In "Vacation," Christina Applegate and Ed Helms travel to Walley World

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Review: ‘Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular!,’ a Ziegfeld-Style Portrait — " Mrs. Smith's Broadway Cat-Tacular!," at the 47th Street Theater, is a decent drag show, but it needs more "cat," or something, to really earn that "tacular." David Hanbury, who created it, has been working his Mrs. Smith character for ages and by now has her down to a well-defined, confidently rendered portrait.

‘The Bomb’ Helps Return Nukes to the TV Spotlight — Somewhere along the line nuclear weapons became the Rodney Dangerfield of global threats. Sure, there's the current kerfuffle over Iran's nuclear program, but American schoolchildren aren't exactly diving under their desks about it. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State and climate change and hackers are what give us the jitters.
Jul 27, 2015

RT @nytimesarts: Critic’s Notebook: ‘The Bomb’ Helps Return Nukes to the TV Spotlight

Review: In ‘Butcher Holler Here We Come,’ Tensions Down in the Hole — Darkness can be thoroughly disorienting, a fact that the performance collective Aztec Economy uses to advantage in "Butcher Holler Here We Come," at the Tank in Midtown. The play, about a fictional mining disaster in West Virginia, is lighted entirely with headlamps worn by the actors, and sometimes it isn't lighted at all.
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Jul 30, 2015

"We thought the bidding was on Vincent Price," a confused Cashman says about the Blue Jays' new acquisition. #Yankees

Jul 30, 2015

RT @SeventiesCNN: "Our worst fears have been realized ...they're all gone." Terrorism in the '70s #SeventiesCNN

Jul 30, 2015

So it's the golden age of TV? Subject line just received: "Destination America to Air First-Ever Live Televised Exorcism This #Halloween."

Jul 30, 2015

RT @MiracleLeagueMC: Just two weeks left to register for Fall 2015. Be a part of the celebration!! #10YearsStrong #MLMC

Jul 29, 2015

RT @ledgeshotel: Have you seen our summer menu? Choose from small plates dishes, sides, cheeses, charcuterie & more! View it...…

Jul 29, 2015

Tweak the lyrics and a kiddie classic becomes a current-events commentary. Courtesy @SeanAltman et al: #Rockapella

Jul 29, 2015

@SeanAltman Oh my God. I recognize you, but who are the three old dudes?

Jul 28, 2015

@sassone 8018! A number that reads the same forward, backward and upside down! Well, almost.

Jul 28, 2015

RT @geoffedgers: Just so you know, I also have my assistants destroy my cell phone every four months.

Jul 26, 2015

Need guidance, please: Which should I care least about, the Tour de France or Meek Mill vs. Drake?

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