Friday, October 14, 2011

My Meeting With Jane

Former NEA chair Jane Alexander

My first journalism job was at Back Stage, which asked current and former colleagues for reminiscences for its 50th anniversary. Mine — about halfway down the page — involves Jane Alexander, the NEA and a trip to D.C.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Not Quite Front-Page News

John Viscardi, Vladimir Versailles and Melanie Charles in The Wood.

I had never heard a newspaper's front-page story referred to as "the wood," until Time Out assigned me to review a play with just such a title. The Wood is described as a "no-holds-barred" account of the life of controversial New York Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, but I suspect some holds were definitely barred.