Thoughts of auntie and her pink Cadillac

By Bob Levey
Posted on August 08, 2022

I can still hear her upstate New York accent all these years later. “Robbit,” she said, “I just went and bought it.” “It” was a car. But not just any car. In her 83rd year, my aunt had gone and purchased a brand-new Cadillac. She knew every one of its virtues — power steering, power seats, air conditioning — that made Florida tolerable for the hottest half of the... READ MORE

Shakespeare transformed at the National Building Museum

By Lynda Lantz
Posted on August 05, 2022

In the Folger Theatre’s entertaining production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you might be forgiven for wondering if director Victor Malana Moag nudged Puck (Danaya Esperanza) to sprinkle a scattering of the director’s own magic over the characters and script. Or does the Bard resonate differently in the National Building Museum (NBM), where production designer Tony Cisek and... READ MORE

Mystery novels by prolific older authors

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on August 03, 2022

The Bibliophile This summer, enjoy these mysteries, which run the gamut from suspense to adventure to whimsy. The Therapist: A Novel, You’re Going to Need to Talk to Someone, by B. A. Paris, 298 pages, St. Martin’s Press hardcover, 2021 This thriller has all the elements of a classic Hitchcock movie: murder most horrid, a haunted house, forgery, rumor and gossip run amok,... READ MORE

Stand-up meets acting at Theater J show

By Mark Dreisonstok
Posted on August 01, 2022

Brad Zimmerman describes himself as being a late bloomer. With “My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,” however, he appears to have at last come into his own: His one-man show is now on national tour, and visitors to Theater J at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, D.C., can enjoy his autobiographical performance, which runs through August 21. In his 81-minute show,... READ MORE

SpongeBob musical is great for families

By Eddie Applefeld
Posted on July 19, 2022

Okay, full disclosure: Before I stepped into Toby’s Dinner Theatre to see the current production of The SpongeBob Musical, I didn’t know anything about the wildly popular animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Not one thing. I figured I’d learn about it soon enough. And so I did. One thing is for sure: I am now better able to answer the question posed to me many times... READ MORE

You know your marriage is strong when…

By Bob Levey
Posted on July 12, 2022

When you (mis)spend your life as a writer, as I have, and when you’ve perpetrated millions of words, as I have, other writers always ask you the same question. Do you need silence when you work, or could you work in the middle of the Beltway at rush hour? I always answer Option Two, but for a very unusual reason. I share a study with my spouse. Our click-and-counterclick has... READ MORE

Summer fiction for escape and enjoyment

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on July 08, 2022

The Bibliophile Relax and enjoy these novels featuring older and relatable protagonists. The Return of the Pharaoh: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., by Nicholas Meyer, 272 pages, Minotaur Books hardcover, 2021 Septuagenarian author, screenwriter and film director Nicholas Meyer imagines this caper as a long-lost manuscript by Dr. Watson. In this novel, Watson is... READ MORE

Outdoor Shakespeare classic set in WWII

By Dan Collins
Posted on July 05, 2022

If you’re a fan of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his eponymous 90s TV “show about nothing,” chances are you’ll enjoy William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, performed by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) outdoors among the ruins at PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, Maryland. Viewed from a 21st century perspective, Much Ado offers inspiration for many a Seinfeldian... READ MORE

Betty White shines in coffee table book

By Lynn Elber
Posted on June 20, 2022

A photo of the late Betty White, with dimpled smile and guileless gaze, filled the cover of a coffee table book that was published a month before her 100th birthday, just days before her death on Dec. 31, 2021. The image on the cover of Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life (becker&mayer! Books) evokes the genuine White, according to the book’s author, Ray... READ MORE

Stories of loss and survival come to life

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on June 16, 2022

Millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes seeking safety from Russia’s February 24 invasion, and many have huddled underground across the country. Their experience reminds us that the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s core exhibit is especially relevant during these troubled times. Located in Shockoe Bottom, the museum opened in an unadorned former tobacco warehouse in 2003. Its main... READ MORE