THE 2020 MYSTERY PROJECT . . . . SORT OF

First of all, I want to apologize! I'm over two weeks overdue with a new installment of "Murder at Dungarees." For the most part, I say that work has been the cause of the delay. The last two weeks have seen us reach the final moments of the craziest spring semester of my teaching career. … Continue reading THE 2020 MYSTERY PROJECT . . . . SORT OF

HOW ROBIN HOOD SET ME STRAIGHT ABOUT LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Hello. How are you? I am fine. Can you tell me what day of the week it is? Just drop it in the comments below. All I know is that today is Day 50 of my home lockdown as a result of the film I seem to have found myself in the middle of - George … Continue reading HOW ROBIN HOOD SET ME STRAIGHT ABOUT LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

FOUR LITTLE WOMEN (AND ONE LITTLE MAN) AGAINST THE WORLD

Yesterday, the New York Times offered commentary on an article by Vanity Fair about Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women. The article, “Little Women Has a Little Man Problem,” by Anthony Breznican, discussed the concerns by producer Amy Pascal that the film was faring poorly in early awards nominations because, in essence, men were … Continue reading FOUR LITTLE WOMEN (AND ONE LITTLE MAN) AGAINST THE WORLD

A HOLIDAY BLESSING, or Why I’m Not Going to See CATS

The holidays have oddly aligned this year. Today it’s Hanukkah, tomorrow is Christmas Eve/Mom’s Birthday, Wednesday it’s Christmas, and we (pun intended) wrap it all up on Thursday with Boxing Day/Kwanzaa. And let’s not forget that Saturday was the winter solstice, containing the longest night of the year, followed yesterday by a festival marking the … Continue reading A HOLIDAY BLESSING, or Why I’m Not Going to See CATS

IT’S BAAAAAAACK! My First Nominee for “Reprint of the Year”

In this perilous age of political craziness, where most of us are shaking our heads and muttering that invaluable Latin phrase, “What the fuuuuuu - ?” (translation: “I am stymied, Marcus Aurelius”), it behooves us to be grateful for small matters. For instance, it’s turning out to be a great time to be alive if … Continue reading IT’S BAAAAAAACK! My First Nominee for “Reprint of the Year”

IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF YOU SLAY WITH NO SWING: Finding Murderous Inspiration from the Great American Songbook

When I’m at work, teaching drama students and musical theatre students and film students and credit recovery students (don’t ask!) and producing two musicals and one play a year and acting as department co-chair for the Visual and Performing Arts . . . well, there doesn’t seem to be much time for Golden Age anything! … Continue reading IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF YOU SLAY WITH NO SWING: Finding Murderous Inspiration from the Great American Songbook