Reviews

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Get your kids a golden ticket to see Willy Wonka, now! Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket…

Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie Film review by Steve Duffy – Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm…

Mary Poppins Returns

Film review by Steve Duffy – Marry Poppins Returns The film is set in 1930’s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his…

Green Book

Film review by Steve Duffy – One of my favorite movies of the year! Peter Farrelly breaks away from his lowbrow comedy roots and delivers a road trip for all of us. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class…

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Film review by Steve Duffy – The Grinch: “I know what to do; I’m going to steal their Christmas!” The Grinch may have stolen their Christmas, but you may feel like he stole your time. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos…

Hairspray

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Grab your can of hairspray and head over to NSMT! Based on the 1988 screenplay by John Waters, Hairspray is set in Baltimore, 1962, Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto TV, and into the heart of…

Rock of Ages

Theatre review by Steve Duffy –  It’s back to the ‘80s at the Boch Wang Theatre!  It’s 1987 on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip when a small-town girl meets a big city rocker.  As they fall in love in L.A.’s most famous rock club, ROCK OF AGES allows fans to rock out once again to their favorite…

Halloween

Halloween Review by Steve Duffy – Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. The great thing about this Halloween is that it…

A Star Is Born

Film review by Steve Duffy – In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers–and falls in love with–struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But…