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Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

It is said that the residents of City Island refer to the visitors as “mussel suckers” while calling themselves “clam diggers,” maybe going back to the days when clam digging was in abundance. Clam digging stopped but the name remained.  Until 1896, City Island was […]

Friedrich Schiller, Love and Intrigue

Friedrich Schiller, Love and Intrigue

The plot of this play in a nutshell: Someone has to marry someone to advance the interests of the state. But this first someone is in love with someone else. To protect itself, the state destroys that someone else, the first someone, and a bunch […]

Entwine in Meatpacking

Entwine in Meatpacking

The sign was the draw  — patio is open. We were looking for something outdoor with a nice selection of small plates to share. And honestly, it was Valera — the host — who made me to actually check out the menu. Never looking like […]

The Drama Bookshop

The Drama Bookshop

Most people from my neck of the woods prefer driving to the city. I love the bus. What’s not to love: it stops a block away from my house and in 45 minutes it brings me to Times Square. And so much can be accomplished […]

Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”

Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”

Eugene O’Neill said this play was written with “blood and tears.” He never wanted it to be set on stage. He never wanted it to be published until at least 25 years after his death. This was about his family and his life. It is […]

Mother’s Day Journey into Night

Mother’s Day Journey into Night

It was drizzling and I went to get my rain jacket from the closet. On my right, there was an overflowing laundry basket that wouldn’t close. I looked away from it — to my left. On the way down the stairs, there was a polished […]

On the town with Terry

On the town with Terry

For years, my friend Terry and I have been thinking about a day in New York together. With that, my belated birthday seemed like the perfect excuse to get in the car and get going. After some planning on my part, this is how the […]

Let the Sunshine and Juliette Binoche in

Let the Sunshine and Juliette Binoche in

According to conversations in the ladies’ room of Water Read Theatre, this one did not go well with American audience. It was taken for a story of a depressed middle aged woman sleeping around with anyone who would go for it. — Barely sat though that […]

Albee’s Three Tall Women on Broadway

Albee’s Three Tall Women on Broadway

The story has it that Edward Albee’s parents got him for $133.30 at the adoption agency. They always talked how they wanted to return him claiming it was the worst business deal. It has never been a secret in the family which made Albee’s relationship […]

Spring effect in the backyard

Spring effect in the backyard

Last night, we pulled the cover off the grill — a major sign of spring for us. As Tom was perfecting our dinner, I walked around to check the footsteps of spring in the yard. It has been raining all day and everything looked so […]