April 4, 2018

Before Easter, I gave my hot take on whether to see NBC’s live musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Hopes were high, and although I couldn’t see the musical live (since I was on holiday with my friend, feasting after the fast), I was heartened by seeing all my cynical theatre friends gush over how great the telecast was. Still: as mentioned before, I do not care for this particular musical as a piece of art.  I sought a  professional opinion first…. Read more

April 3, 2018

Last year, concurrent with Lent, I prepped and then underwent bariatric surgery.  For those of you who may not know what this is: bariatric surgery is a means whereby the stomach is reduced to help a person lose a considerable amount of weight.  Most people have heard of a gastric bypass, which is one form of the procedure, but I opted to get the newer “sleeve” which—rather than rerouting this intestine to that intestine and tying off this bit and… Read more

March 27, 2018

READ THE FULL REVIEW! On Easter Sunday, NBC will air a live rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice.  (Read more about the production on Kate O’Hare’s blog.)  But the burning question is: Should I see it? Let the Pop Feminist break down Webber’s hot take the last days of Passion Week according to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. What’s the Buzz?  What’s the Heresy? I imagine the greatest matter of concern is whether… Read more

March 25, 2018

Today, I had the opportunity to lector for Palm Sunday mass. The church, St. Malachy’s ~ The Actors’ Chapel, situated in the heart of Times Square, sandwiched rather ironically between Chicago and Book of Mormon, is fairly well attended each Sunday at 6 PM as the matinees get out and tourists stream in, accompanied by folks who live in the area (yes, there are families who live near Times Square), and parishioners like myself who come from the outer boroughs and call St…. Read more

March 24, 2018

For this series, we’re going to be looking at how the new Star Wars films differ in their fundamental mythology from the original Lucas-helmed trilogy and prequels…and why that’s got everyone in a tizzy. The Force A-wokens For a franchise as beloved as Star Wars, there is bound to be controversy over every new installment in what is, essentially, the formation of a uniquely American mythology. And why shouldn’t there be?  If art is what tells us what’s normal, mythology… Read more

March 22, 2018

I’m working on an article for you all about just why you may have hated Vice Admiral Holdo (I mean, besides her wardrobe), but in the meantime I invite you to read my in-depth analysis of the narrative of failure in the Star Wars franchise – compleate with gifs! We don’t like to talk about failure much in our modern day myths.  Going in to see Wonder Woman or the latest Avengers flick, or just about any sci-fi franchise, we… Read more

March 20, 2018

In my other life, I review Classical theatre in New York City.  This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Much Ado About Nothing and Trojan Women: two opposing plays, indeed!  Except… Are they really all that different? One has a disgraced woman being given back in marriage to her abuser.  And the other is The Trojan Women. Two Stories, Both Alike In-Dignity In Trojan Women, originally by Euripides, and here adapted by Charles Mee, the survivors of the… Read more

March 17, 2018

Now that you’ve gotten my in-depth analysis of A Wrinkle in Time, what does the actual, intended audience think?  Welcome Deede Bergeron’s review! I am a teacher. I purposely put on the lens of how this would be seen through a child’s eyes who may not have been exposed to the book yet. And just by chance, I sat next to a current student in the movie theater (age 7) and was able to observe and ask her opinion. I… Read more

March 17, 2018

There’s something about growing up Irish American that settles deep in your bones.  I don’t know when I first heard the bodhrán , but there was something in hearing that instrument that thrummed inside me in the way that Ravel and Mozart and even Andrew Lloyd Webber didn’t.  It was primal.  It meant I had to tap my toes.  And I’m from New England, or that part of New England that takes the England part very seriously.  I once saw… Read more

March 16, 2018

The road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions. Disney’s latest empowerment sci-fi adventure film is, alas, a monument to good intentions (diversity! ladies in charge!) which nevertheless results in a lot of “…sound and fury/Signifying nothing.”  So, let’s break down what happened on-screen and off to put a wrinkle in A Wrinkle in Time. Diversity Matters Much like the well-received Wonderwoman and Black Panther movies, A Wrinkle in Time boasts a diverse cast and crew, in this case not… Read more

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