CARNAGE

Overly-stagey version of Broadway Tony-winner. Playwright Yasmina Reza adapted her own script & director Polanski decided to do keep it “as is” without any opening up. Too bad. The core is a fascinating tale of two couples trying to maintain “civilized” behavior after their sons become involved in a schoolyard fight, but what works on…

Iowa Gender Gap

Posted today in SLATE: “…the male voter is typically seen as the standard for the public at large, with women and other groups as viewed as mere special interests. (This is despite the fact that the majority of voters are women.) Men are representative; women are outliers…” It’s 2012 & yet “Men are representative; women…

PARIAH

Brooklyn teen “Alike” (aka Lee) struggles to find her voice as a writer & as a lesbian. Touching debut performance by Adepero Oduye, but what elevates this above a standard (albeit very well-done) “coming of age” story is Wayans–outstanding as mother “Audrey”–an African-American woman desperately trying to shape her family into an idealized image of middle…