Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys: A Cult Classic

Director Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys supposes that the insane are not, in fact, babbling nonsense; they very well may be prophets. In the aftermath of a deadly virus outbreak, humanity is living underground. Caged individuals are “volunteered” at random for unknown experiments, supposedly for the greater good – though no one has yet returned. James Cole (Bruce Willis), an inmate with a “strong mind,” is volunteered to go back in time and… Read More

The Big Sick: A Dance with Cultural Identity, Grief, and Stand-Up Comedy

It’s hard to make working the Chicago standup circuit into an original story nowadays; Tina Fey and Scott Adsit have talked it up enough for the next century or so. Almost every aspiring comedian winds their way into the Windy City, and thus every successful one has roughly the same story as to how they escaped the improv cult to land a Netflix special and make six figures at 30. But not… Read More

New Works by Noel Carey at 54 Below

A radio show. A literal closet. A folkloric town. Ebenezer Scrooge’s home. A cave. A figurative closet. German-occupied France. Salem, Massachusetts. 9 settings. 9 stories. 9 opening numbers. That’s what occupies the mind of Noel Carey, the composer featured on the penultimate evening of the New Writers @ 54 series presented by Feinstein’s 54 Below. This summer series showcased exciting new work by emerging voices in New Musical Theatre. In “Opening Numbers,” Noel gifted… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

I recently read Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance. The older I’m getting, the more I want to learn about others. Other communities, other places, other races, other folks who have a different narrative than I do. For how boring would life be if we were all the same? J.D. Vance is a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, and this is his story. A story about growing up in the Rust Belt…. Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: “Someone Else’s Skin” by Sarah Hilary

I’ve recently fell in love with the author Sarah Hilary, her novel Someone Else’s Skin, and her character Marnie Rome, a Detective Inspector from London, England. It’s a story that spans over four books, and we recently found out that a fifth one is on the way! I absolutely had to share this story with thewriteteachers.com! Sarah Hilary is such a brilliant writer, her stories are fast paced and compelling – I think she… Read More

COMING SOON: This is the Army at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents a 75th anniversary concert of Irving Berlin’s “This is the Army” on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 at 9:30pm. On July 4, 1942, Irving Berlin’s all-soldier musical This is the Army opened on Broadway before touring the US, making an Oscar-winning Hollywood film, playing the London Palladium, and visiting the front lines of World War II. This Veterans Day, an all-star Broadway cast will remember how this troupe… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: It’s Not Dark Yet

“I have ALS. It is a part of who I am, evolving, influencing and living with all the other parts of me. The greatest achievement of my life is that somehow I managed to be the person that Ruth fell in love with. That’s it. And our boys save our lives every day.” I found it hard to begin this review. I always struggle when I feel encompassed by the book, as… Read More

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” Review – Cannes 2017

Why does a surgeon keep a watch? In the O.R., you need to tell very precise time. It slips away from you every second: clamp another artery, sterilize the gash in the belly, steady hands, steady hands, plasma plasma plasma… There are measures you can take to keep a patient alive, for sure. But what if there was no apparent cure – and the patient was your son? How steady would your… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Bandstand

It’s July 5th. Yesterday we celebrated Independence Day – and I cannot think of a currently running show that epitomizes the beauty, grace, and goodness that is the power of the American spirit better than Bandstand.   Bandstand is an original musical composed by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor. The musical stars Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, and Beth Leavel, and tells the story of a group… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review – Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book

Picture it. You’ve had the worst day. You’re been pushed down by people. You’ve put your heart out there and gotten it broken. You’re craving connection. You’re craving love. You’re craving friendship. Because, let’s be real – life is so much sweeter and easier when you have someone there, in your corner. The world feels less massive and the pain feels more bearable, and suddenly tomorrow doesn’t seem so daunting.  Been there?… Read More