I had just stopped at the grocery store. When the checker saw my items, she exclaimed, “Oooh, puff pastry! What are you going to make? I said, “Galette des rois.” And she blinked. And said nothing. So I described the galette. “I used to use puff pastry to make Tater Tot casserole,” she said, “You […]

To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” As an illustration, let me present the following image (courtesy […]

Descartes – I think, therefore they are out to get me. Voltaire – If someone were not watching me, it would be necessary to invent him. Hegel – Only one man ever understood me, and he tried to kill me. Heraclitus – They’re just waiting for me to┬ástep in the same river twice. Rousseau – […]

My normal transition to wakefulness, which typically takes place over an extended period of time, was abrupt and heart-stopping this morning. I was showering in my usual drowsy state, and reached over to grab a bottle of shampoo. When I had the bottle about four inches from my face, the horrifying import of what was […]

The first time I saw Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, I went in to the theatre excited and came out disappointed. But I never quite understood why. Was it because I was in the wrong mood? Did I have expectations that were too high? Did I subconsciously want a Steve Martin comedy routine […]

Talk about timing. Just after I tallied up the plays I’d seen in New Orleans last season, the Theatre Communications Group released its tally of most frequently produced plays for the 2015-2016 across the US. That gives me a chance to compare what I saw with whats going on in the rest of the US […]

A few days ago, playwright Brian Friel passed away. I recognized the name, but it didn’t ring any strong bells, so when I read the New York Times obituary, which lauded him as “the Irish Chekhov,” I was shocked. Not that they’d use that phrase, but shocked that I’d be so unfamiliar with the work […]