Hurricane Diane

Hurricane Diane

Hurricane Diane I loved this fast-moving and delightful comedy, performed entirely by women/gender-neutral actors. The actors, especially Rami Magron, who played Diane/Dionysus, commanded my attention from the moment she stepped onto the stage. She was truly a force...
The Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center A trip to Amherst, Mass., allowed us to visit the Yiddish Book Center this afternoon. I remember seeing signs for this place when I lived in Amherst in the early 1980s. My impression was that it was then nothing more than an old barn filled...
Moby Dick in under 3 1/2 hours!

Moby Dick in under 3 1/2 hours!

Moby Dick in under 3 1/2 hours! An astonishing, delightful, and moving adaptation of Moby Dick kept me fascinated for nearly three and a half hours at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA the other night. The set and props range from the elegant to the...

Literacy & Irony

Listening to episode 73 of Ben Franklin’s World, which featured historian Mark Noll discussing the Bible in early America, and he mentioned that literacy rates in New England and Scotland were the highest in the English-speaking world in the 17th & 18th...