King Lear

See better, Lear

In Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy about an arrogant King who divides his kingdom amongst avaricious daughters, King Lear’s advisor, Kent, advises him to think carefully about his actions. Lear has just scorned the one daughter who actually cares about him in […]

General Hospital

How this soap fan checked into ‘General Hospital’

“Basically, what they’re saying is that you’re just not really good-looking enough!” Surprisingly, and no one was more surprised than me, my over-riding emotion at this moment was not one of crushing self-doubt and despair, nor one of humiliation and […]

Cave

Who killed network TV?

10,000 years ago this Friday night, like every Friday night, the whole tribe left their caves to gather at the “story cave” for the most anticipated event of the week: story time! A big fire had been built at the […]

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The Gun: America’s DNA

I get it! I get why many Americans feel naked without a gun strapped to their chest, hanging on a hip or slung over their shoulder. I do, I really get it. It is part of the country’s DNA: it […]

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A conversation on violence

Our society, like any civilized, twenty-first century society, is faced with many fundamental dilemmas. They are fundamental because they run through the very fabric of that society and affect us all in so many subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I am […]

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Acting, a mystery

I have often been asked why I gave up a serious, sensible and smart career in the law for the insecure, irresponsible and immature ambitions of “acting.” My first answer is that I discovered very early on that lawyers were […]

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