Dickens wrote a play? How interesting, I want to see this? I thought, learning about the Pearl Theatre’s presentation of Hard Times, and too intrigued to bother to read further. But Dickens didn’t write this play* — it’s an adaptation by Stephen Jeffreys from Dickens’ novel Hard Times as I learned when I focused in. The acting in the Pearl’s production is marvelous, and there are flashes of interest extracted from Dickens but the play is diffuse and comes across as overlong, hinting at its origin in a book that was written to be read gradually — serialized over many weeks.
- Film Note | The Intouchables | Starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy | Directed by Olivier Nakache and Erik Toledano | French with English Subtitles
- Art Review | Boxer at Rest, Greek bronze sculpture of the Hellenistic period, late 4th-2nd century B.C., loan exhibit | Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, June 1 – July 15, 2013
- Art Review | Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered | Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Review | Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw | Directed by Jeff Steiter | Pearl Theatre Company
- Review | Red by John Logan | With Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne | Directed by Michael Grandage | Golden Theater
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