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Culture Watch


  • A Review of Amazon Prime’s Series Dostoevsky

    by Walter G. Moss

    Americans unfamiliar with Dostoevsky's life, and perhaps even with some of his greatest works like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, can now get to know him via Amazon Prime’s 8-part subtitled series Dostoevsky, directed by the Russian Vladimir Khotinenko.


  • A Marvelous Christmas Carol

    by Bruce Chadwick

    This new A Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, has a different look to it, a different musical score, a different Scrooge and different ghosts. But it is the same heart-warming story. 


  • Americans Were Too Stodgy for Art Nouveau

    by Diana Muir Appelbaum

    Art nouveau was the modern art movement that America almost entirely missed.  Not only is it absent from our streets, it is largely missing from our museums, a void that a traveling exhibit, Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, now at the Walters Museum in Baltimore, is seeking to repair.


  • A Baseball Musical that Needs Some Relief Pitching

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Last Days of Summer, written by Steve Kluger and based on his 1998 novel, is the story about players from the New York Giants 1940 team, that toiled in New York along with the Yankees and Dodgers, and a little kid who loved the game.


  • Over the Rainbow to Oz Once Again with Judy

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The story of the film classic is told in a bright, cheerful new musical, Chasing Rainbows, the Road to Oz, that opened last week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey,