(1) The national tour of Newsies, now at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. A slyly subversive musical about labor unions which excels in its dance numbers. The young cast is thrilling.
(2) Christopher Rice’s novel The Vines was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award—the Oscar of horror fiction.
(3) James Lecesne’s one-man show at Dixon Place, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Based on his YA novel, it is a story about how a small New Jersey town copes with the disappearance of a rather unique fourteen-year-old boy. It’s been getting raves.
(4) NBC’s The Slap, writer Jon Robin Baitz’s adaptation of an Australian television show. Literate. Moving. Troubling. Compelling. And this: entertaining.
(5) John Bartlett has a new line of lightweight Tiny Tim hoodies for spring.