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BWW Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney BWW Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - February 22, 2017

First there was GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. Then there was THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. Now, the big thriller to pick up is THE GIRL BEFORE by debut author J.P. Delaney.... (more...)
BWW Review: TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta BWW Review: TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - February 17, 2017

It deals with terrorism, with racism and the prejudices people carry. It talks about immigration issues and pokes at the way journalists and social media can exacerbate a situation or report without all of the details. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Spend Valentine's Day Curled Up with Great Reinterpretations Of Classic Literary Couples! BWW Review: Spend Valentine's Day Curled Up with Great Reinterpretations Of Classic Literary Couples!
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - February 14, 2017

Fall into a great retelling based on some of the most romantic couples in classic literature!... (more...)
BWW Book Review: WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones BWW Book Review: WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - February 10, 2017

Like Labyrinth? Check out today's book review featuring WINTERSONG by @sjaejones!... (more...)
BWW Review: UNSEEN AYCKBOURN by Simon Murgatroyd BWW Review: UNSEEN AYCKBOURN by Simon Murgatroyd
by Michael T. Mooney - December 16, 2016

In 2016 playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn premiered his 80th play – that's more than double the output of England's most famous dramatist, William Shakespeare. But that number only represents his major plays.... (more...)
BWW Review: One Man Show SIZE MATTERS Now on DVD BWW Review: One Man Show SIZE MATTERS Now on DVD
by Michael T. Mooney - November 25, 2016

SIZE MATTERS starring Raymond McAnally and directed by Joel Wilson runs 66 minutes and is distributed by Mountain Mack Productions LLC and is now available from Amazon.com... (more...)
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone! BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone!
by Katherine Waddell - September 20, 2016

Legally Blonde, which is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the renowned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, opened this past Friday at the South Bend Civic Theatre to much buzz and anticipation. As I sat in the audience on Saturday night waiting for the musical to begin, all around me I was hea... (more...)
BWW Book Review: A CHANCE TO DANCE, by Betsy Bradley BWW Book Review: A CHANCE TO DANCE, by Betsy Bradley
by Sondra Forsyth - July 19, 2016

Bradley has written a clear, comprehensive guide to dance education in all its current ramifications including jazz and hip hop. She discusses classes for students of all ages including adults. Her tone is friendly and accessible. She lays out the facts about everything from cost to male dance educa... (more...)
BWW Review: OLIVER TWISTED by Cindy Brown BWW Review: OLIVER TWISTED by Cindy Brown
by Michael T. Mooney - June 20, 2016

Cindy Brown's newest follows closely on the heels of her previous Ivy Meadows Mysteries, MACDEATH and THE SOUND OF MURDER.... (more...)
BWW Review & Exclusive: 'Curtain Call' Takes Readers Backstage at London's Best Theatre with Glorious Photos, Interviews BWW Review & Exclusive: 'Curtain Call' Takes Readers Backstage at London's Best Theatre with Glorious Photos, Interviews
by Matt Tamanini - May 30, 2016

In the new, epic book 'Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre,' photographer Matt Humphrey and actor/director John Schwab take audiences behind the scenes of 60 of London's best shows in 2015, and uniquely and elegantly capture the electricity that makes live theatre so special.... (more...)
BWW Book Review: SHAPES OF AMERICAN BALLET: Teachers and Training Before Balanchine, by Jessica Zeller BWW Book Review: SHAPES OF AMERICAN BALLET: Teachers and Training Before Balanchine, by Jessica Zeller
by Sondra Forsyth - May 16, 2016

Jessica Zeller's exhaustively researched and engagingly written book, available now for pre-order, is an eye-opening addition to our currently extant ballet literature. Full disclosure: I was Zeller's childhood ballet teacher, and I'm honored that she mentions me in her acknowledgements. That said, ... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE NAME OF GUCCI by Patricia Gucci is Captivating BWW Review: IN THE NAME OF GUCCI by Patricia Gucci is Captivating
by Marina Kennedy - May 13, 2016

Read Patricia Gucci's compelling memoir, 'In the Name of Gucci.' It chronicles the drama of her family life and the famous Gucci fashion dynasty.... (more...)
BWW Review: REAL LIFE ROCK is Critic's Magnum Opus BWW Review: REAL LIFE ROCK is Critic's Magnum Opus
by John Walker Ross - May 03, 2016

When a culture critic is as prolific and well known as Greil Marcus, and has written books as revered as Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces, it's a mouthful to say any one book defines him... (more...)
BWW Review: ADVENTURES OF A BUXOM BLONDE by Demetria Daniels BWW Review: ADVENTURES OF A BUXOM BLONDE by Demetria Daniels
by Marakay Rogers - March 18, 2016

Blogger and playwright Demetria Daniels has followed the traditional advice to write about what she knows -- and what she knows is meeting celebrities.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALICE IN WONDERLAND - A Family Adventure BWW Review: ALICE IN WONDERLAND - A Family Adventure
by Lynn Beaver - March 14, 2016

ZACH Theatre's production of Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND adapted by Katie Bender and Gabrielle Reisman, produced in partnership with Underbelly, is an interactive adventure for the whole family.... (more...)
BWW Review: Marsha Volgyi's THE CREWMEMBER BWW Review: Marsha Volgyi's THE CREWMEMBER
by Barnett Serchuk - February 25, 2016

In the midst of some major illnesses and a deep depression, I was given Marsha Volgyi's new novel, 'The Crewmember,' to review. To say that it was just the antidote for my emotional state is an understatement; to say that I Iaughed out loud at least 500 times while reading the novel is doing the w... (more...)
BWW Review: WHERE WE BELONG by Hoda Kotb is Moving and Motivating BWW Review: WHERE WE BELONG by Hoda Kotb is Moving and Motivating
by Marina Kennedy - January 29, 2016

'Where We Belong, Journeys That Show Us The Way' is a gem of a book by Hoda Kotb with Jane Lorenzini. It tells seven moving and motivating stories of individuals who have made unexpected life changes.... (more...)
BWW Review: ON SONDHEIM: An Opinionated Guide BWW Review: ON SONDHEIM: An Opinionated Guide
by Christina Pandolfi - January 05, 2016

As a self-proclaimed Broadway and theatre aficionado, I certainly thought I had a solid working knowledge of Stephen Sondheim. His music and lyrics have spanned a generation and impacted the world with innate complexity and thoughtfulness. In particular, Gypsy has had a tremendous personal impact on... (more...)
BWW Review: ON SONDHEIM an Opinionated Guide by Ethan Mordden BWW Review: ON SONDHEIM an Opinionated Guide by Ethan Mordden
by Wesley Doucette - December 21, 2015

Ethan Mordden's guide of Sondheim's work, process, and aesthetic.... (more...)
BWW Review: WOMEN CRIME WRITERS: FOUR SUSPENSE NOVELS OF THE 1940s Fills a Void BWW Review: WOMEN CRIME WRITERS: FOUR SUSPENSE NOVELS OF THE 1940s Fills a Void
by John Walker Ross - December 04, 2015

The latest benefit to readers in the stage of enlightenment exemplified by the Library of America's expanding coverage of post-war pulp is the new two-volume collection devoted to Women Crime Writers, the first of which covers the 1940s... (more...)
BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF PRIMO LEVI Hallows at 92Y BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF PRIMO LEVI Hallows at 92Y
by Matt Hanson - November 19, 2015

Momentous is a strong word, yet not so strong as carbon, the sixth element in the Periodic Table of Elements, inspiring the literary masterpiece known by the “scandalous” title, as its author Primo Levi confesses, The Periodic Table. Named in 2006 by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as the bes... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN IRVING Grips at 92nd Street Y BWW Review: JOHN IRVING Grips at 92nd Street Y
by Matt Hanson - November 18, 2015

John Irving is the epitome of the modern American storyteller. His ability to render the passage of time in prose fiction is peerless--a testament to his success as the author of 13 novels spanning more than four decades. His 14th novel, Avenue of Mysteries, named after the street in Mexico City tha... (more...)
BWW Review: Freely Sounds the Mockingbird's Song in CCTC's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BWW Review: Freely Sounds the Mockingbird's Song in CCTC's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Kristen Morale - October 30, 2015

Now brought to the stage, thus making the message of a shared humanity that much more profound, the Cape Cod Theatre Company has given us a production that is worthy of more than just the audience's time and consideration: it is a lesson that must be carefully taught to each of us again and again, a... (more...)
BWW Review: MANSON Fills in the Missing Pieces BWW Review: MANSON Fills in the Missing Pieces
by John Walker Ross - October 19, 2015

In fiction or life, I generally turn a cold shoulder to studies in psychopathy. I make a sort of exception for the subject of Charles Manson. Apparently I'm not alone.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANITA & ME, Birmingham Rep, October 2015 BWW Review: ANITA & ME, Birmingham Rep, October 2015
by Emma Cann - October 16, 2015

Meera Syal's debut novel, Anita & Me, receives its world stage premiere at the Birmingham Rep this month. Famously autobiographical, this coming of age tale follows Meena, a 13 year old 'naff and uncool' daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington. As the summer holidays ... (more...)

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