Burning the Bridges

Book reviews from various blogs I’ve written for over the years compiled at Goodreads (I’m working on getting the reviews all in one place over there…bear with me in the meantime)

Scars Publications

Guest posts at Lahikmajoe Drinks Tea

…a hundred visions and revisions, before the taking of toast and tea

We’ve no time to wash the things between whiles

North Country Writer’s Festival 2015 (First Place, Poetry)


3Elements Review


Watertown Daily Times, Page A2

Fourth & Sycamore

Two poems – Ex-Pats and Black Pond 

Daily Gazette

A ‘wickedly’ entertaining musical

Durang’s farce both moving and hilarious

‘Gutenberg’ silly and irreverent, yet enjoyable

Shakespeare & Company play is an absolute dream

‘The God Game’ at Capital Repertory a stunning work

‘Flashdance’ evokes nostalgia, and that’s enough

Despite slow start, ‘Gypsy’ succeeds

Home Made Theater’s tame version of Christie play worth seeing

‘SantaLand Diaries’ generates some serious laughs for SCP

Iranian playwright’s ‘White Rabbit’ is raw and compelling

Cap Rep production portrays gripping struggle for power

C-R Productions’ ‘Les Mis’ has merits, issues to iron out

Technology takes the life out of ‘Ghost: The Musical’

New ATF play not to be missed

Exuberant ‘Anything Goes’ treat for both eyes and ears

Les Miserables’ is a feast for the eyes and ears

‘Leading Ladies’ lingers too long

SCP gets in spirit of Coward comedy

Cohoes’ ‘Dolly’ gets sterling treatment

Whitton shines in one-man ‘SantaLand’

‘Drawer Boy’: Strong performances make play on friendship compelling

Uneven “Chorus Line” still fun

Potter spoof gets everyone laughing

Gritty realism: Green Day show ‘American Idiot’ has one more show at Proctors

Jane Austen tale gets musical, pleasing adaptation at Cap Rep

Rigby’s ‘Peter Pan’ proves magical for children and adults alike

Woman’s struggle confusing

Classic drama of family intrigue gets royal treatment in the Berkshires

Nostalgic ‘Animal Crackers’ funny, yet feels dated

‘On the Town’ is perky love letter to 1940s NYC

Flawless ‘Heroes’ not to be missed

SLOC production of ‘Sweet Charity’ ambitious but uneven

Woman goes from victim to victimizer in mesmerizing play

‘Spamalot’ is frenetic fun at Park Playhouse

Classic whodunit tale gets stellar, innovative update at Berkshire

Queen musical rocks Proctors

Players offer fine addition to resurgence of Holmes

Hilarious ‘Spelling Bee’ a must-see at SLOC

Barrington’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ pure inspiration

Strong cast propels ‘Young Frankenstein’

Performers shackled by dated, offensive ‘Rat Pack’

Story about making the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ makes engaging play

Cast can’t save outdated ‘Morning’s at Seven’

Shaq survives ‘Running Wild’ in Adirondacks

Last-minute gift idea: The arts!

Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal

The Sin Eater

The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review

Carrying the Banner

Sundog Lit

Real Live Girls with Scales and Tails

Gingerbread House Literary Magazine

Hunger: The Black Widow

Happily Ever Aftermath

The Alt

It’s dysfunction junction at Albany Civic’s Wonderful World

HMT’s ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ is a hot ticket in chilly weather

Into the Woods: Songcraft, steampunk and arts and crafts

Albany Civic Theater’s soup kitchen for the soul

Jack Hanna’s boundless energy and passion for animals cheer Proctors

A reimagined Sherlock Holmes dazzles at Home Made Theater

Third time, still charming: Wicked at Proctors

A contemporary Dorian Gray that maintains the classic Wildean values

SLOC’s Sondheim production goes into the weeds

The Foreigner at Home Made Theater will make you think

A Shot in the Dark at Albany Civic Theater struggles to find its way

Risk pays off for Confetti Stage with Mary Kate Olsen is in Love

The Curious Savage stands the test of time

True West needs a bit of calibrating

The brilliance of “Dog Sees God”

“They’re all going to laugh at you!” Carrie at The Barn

Return of “The Birds”

“Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat” is electric

“Rich” production buttresses heavy “Marigolds” at Bridge Street Theatre

Ragtime at Park Playhouse is a triumph

Skeleton Crew captures real life struggle

“Mamma Mia!” at Cap Rep is enjoyable fluff

Intimate Apparel is “theater at its most powerful”

At Home at the Zoo is explosive

Sweeney Todd in the round at Mac-Haydn Theatre

Despite talented cast, “This” isn’t quite it

“Every Brilliant Thing” tells deep truths

The Optimism of “Godspell”

“Actually” finds power in its realism

“Guys and Dolls” is an end-of-summer delight

“The Pillowman” at Albany Barn explores dark spaces

“Peter and the Starcatcher” a joyful season opener for Albany Civic Theater

“How to Pray” is a challenging, worthwhile watch

A “stellar” production of Cabaret at SLOC

“In the Heat of the Night” is a timely production

“Lost Lake” is a hushed masterpiece

“Fifth of July” a bold choice for Schenectady Civic Players

Skidmore Theater’s adaptation of “Let the Right One In” has teeth

“I Love You Because” is funny and touching

“Fun Home” explores time, memory, and loss

Strong work in “Redwood Curtain” at Bridge Street Theatre

“Row After Row” jam packed with thought-provoking material

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” tackles our symbiotic relationship with tech

You won’t leave “The Wolves” unmoved

“Arcadia” by RPI Players is uneven but moving

“She Loves Me” will get you into the holiday spirit

“A Christmas Carol” at Sage is beautifully done

Performances shine through in “As Bees in Honey Drown”

“Finding Neverland” production at Proctors is “stunning”

The heart of HMT’s “A Christmas Carol” shines through despite missteps

Alabama Story’s rabbits and racists

Jesus Christ Superstar at SLOC is “amazing”

History and theater successfully wed in The Tarnation of Russell Colvin

Clever Little Lies at Ghent Playhouse struggles with difficult source material

Schenectady Civic Players’ An Inspector Calls is a work of art

‘Paris Time’ takes risks but needs work

Ibsen renewed at Albany Civic

‘Private Fears in Public Places’ explores isolation

‘The Giver’ delivers a dystopian future for all ages

‘Inspecting Carol’ pulls together the laughs

“The Velocity of Autumn” at Hubbard Hall is a powerful reflection on aging

Skidmore’s ‘Everything You Touch’ is gold

‘Spelling Bee’ at Cohoes Music Hall is fun, frenetic

‘The Humans’ at Proctors brings you home

Classic Theater Guild’s production ‘Of Mice and Men’ is powerful but flawed

‘Curtains’ is a good production of the wrong musical

“Other Desert Cities” by Schenectady Civic Players is “masterfully directed”

Circle Theatre Players deliver an emotional, solid version of ‘The Crucible’

Challenging ‘The Boys in the Band’ shows strength despite production hiccups

Patrick White is all about action

“Chasing Charles” is full of heart

‘A Lesson Before Dying’ incredibly moving, and hard-hitting

‘Blithe Spirit’ ends The Rep’s season with a bang

‘Spring Awakening’ has heart

‘Tribes’ spotlights student talent

‘Molly Sweeney’ in Troy is powerful, moody

Creative License’s “Mine” is a twisted horror gem

‘A Little Night Music’ a brave choice by RPI Players

Everyone involved in HMT’s ‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’ has reason to celebrate

Confetti Stage delivers ‘King Lear’ with care

‘Appropriate’ at Albany Civic Theater is worth experiencing

‘School for Lies’ at Schenectady Civic a showcase of great theater

‘Happy Birthday, Wanda June’ is sharper in the age of MAGA

Mabee Farm lends magic to “The Seagull”

“Leni” explores the relationship between a disgraced artist and their influential work

“Our Town” at Ghent Playhouse contains calm, quiet lessons

“Damn Yankees” at Mac-Haydn is a great summer kickoff

“Morning After Grace” at Shakespeare & Company a “beautiful vignette”

Young actors, new space shine in Young Dr. Jekyll at Proctors

“Typhoid Mary” at Barrington Stage features “stellar” performances

“The Royal Family of Broadway” is fun eye candy

“Church and State” makes a “powerful statement” about America

“The Cake” at Barrington Stage is timely and funny

“Cry It Out” a touching study of motherhood

‘The Nerd’ is hilarious, joyful

“A Doll’s House Part 2” is powerful, intelligent, striking

Performances make “The Mousetrap” at The Theater Barn

“The Whipping Man” at Oldcastle Theatre is a gem

“Ring of Fire” at The Rep is beautifully crafted

Chester Theatre Company’s “Disgraced” is deep and dark

“Damn Yankees” at Park Playhouse beats the heat

Matthew Broderick can’t save “The Closet”

“The Sound Inside” is beautifully written, powerfully acted

This “Hair” is cleaner than it should be

“Creditors” at Shakespeare & Co is “utterly inspired”

“Petrified Forest” a beautiful, heartbreaking slice of Americana

“Heathers: The Musical” is dark and subversive

Oldcastle gives “The Fourth Wall” their all

“The Wedding Singer” at Mac-Haydn is sweet and silly

Durant: “Dangerous House” is something “truly special”

“The Member of the Wedding” falls flat

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You” is a comedic powerhouse

The contagious joy of “Putnam County Spelling Bee”

“Pool (No Water)” a provocative production by Creative License

“Heisenberg” a remarkable accomplishment for all involved

“Mothers and Sons” tugs at the heartstrings

“Off the Shelf” column in the Watertown Daily Times

Book review: Joe Hill’s “Strange Weather” not as strong as other work, but still has punch

Book review: The dark fairy tale of Emily Fridlund’s ‘History of Wolves’

Book review: The echo of tragedy and strength of love in Alice McDermott’s ‘The Ninth Hour’

Book review: The twisted roots of so-called love in Gabriel Tallent’s ‘My Absolute Darling’

Book review: More realistic teens, a more mature John Green in ‘Turtles All the Way Down’

Book review: A heroine we can all root for in Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’

The power of words and friendship, teen reads and the love we give our pets: my top ten books of 2017

Book review: A clever mystery within a mystery in Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Magpie Murders’

Fifteen book-to-movie adaptations to get excited about in 2018

Mark your calendars! Fifteen interesting books being released in the next six months

There are so many options — so where do you get your books?

Book review: Absolute power, regardless of gender, corrupts absolutely in Naomi Alderman’s ‘The Power’

Paper or pixels: what do you prefer, e-readers or hard-copy books?

Can you — and should you — separate an author from their work?

Remembering a teacher whose love of words nurtured mine

‘Knowing I lov’d my books’: Current literary reimagining of Shakespeare’s work

The power of words: should schools avoid texts with racially charged language?

‘A poem should not mean, but be’: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Not every book can be the next ‘Gone Girl,’ but here are some thrillers that come close

PBS and the Great American Read — what do you think will be America’s best-loved book?

Book review: The secret to living forever in Chloe Benjamin’s ‘The Immortalists’

From page to screen: the slow erosion of rights in Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

From page to screen: the modernization of Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’

Book review: A miscarriage of justice scarier than the supernatural in Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’

The lazy, hazy days of summer, and the perfect books to help you while them away

Casting a critical eye over the past: problematic language in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work

Celebrity book clubs: using fame to build community and share the love of literature

Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ is a treasure trove for the Stephen King fan

Gillian Flynn and the art of adaptation: ‘Dark Places’ and ‘Sharp Objects’

Column in the Watertown Daily Times

A day to give thanks … that I’m not the one cooking the turkey

‘Tis the season for Grinches, cartoon penguins with wing envy and the richest man in Bedford Falls

Before you get excited about Facebook’s big announcement, think about what it really means

Pens, lighters and chips: just a few of the many things that don’t have to be reinvented ‘for her’

What’s the matter with kids today? Nothing. They’re amazing.

The loss of a journalist is a loss for us all

Too young for AARP, too old for live concerts: I guess this is middle age

You can have your sunny beaches; I’ll take rocky, mercurial Maine


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