BRN #1: Three Factual Non-Facts about Television

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If these weren’t technically opinions they’d be facts.  Continue reading

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Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo (2013)

Siege and Storm

YA Fiction | Fantasy
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.  Continue reading

Hjørdis

Hjørdis (TV Mini-Series, 2015)

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Comedy | International4 Stars

Lead Cast: Lise Baastrup (Hjørdis), Martin Brygmann (Gert), Ellen Hillingsø (Helle)

This is a Danish television mini-series about a school teacher named Hjørdis who, for the end of the school’s anti-bullying week, is putting together a performance with the students but then when the crown Princess Mary suddenly pops up on the guest list her plans go awry.  Continue reading

Translations

Translations by Brian Friel (1981)

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Theatre | Historical Drama5-starsBlurb:

“The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of Continue reading

Buried Child

Buried Child by Sam Shepard (1979)

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Theatre | Drama1 StarBlurb:

“A newly revised edition of an American classic, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child is as fierce and unforgettable as it was when it was first produced more than twenty-five years ago.

A scene of madness greets Vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince’s hard-drinking grandparents, who seem to have no idea who he is Continue reading

Boys’ Life

Boys’ Life by Howard Korder (1988)

boys life

Theatre | Drama1 StarBlurb:

“Two gripping plays by one of America’s most exciting playwrights Boy’s Life: love, relationships, and growing up in New York City “a substantial play. It makes Howard Korder a presence to take seriously in the theater” (Village Voice); Search and Destroy: corporate politics, lies and relationships Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee (1962)

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Theatre | Comedic Drama5-starsBlurb:

“Twelve times a week,” answered Uta Hagen when asked how often she’d like to play Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In the same way, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee’s masterful play. A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. Continue reading

Uncommon Women and Others

Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein (1978)

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Theatre | Drama4 StarsBlurb:

“Comprised of a collage of interrelated scenes, the action begins with a reunion, six years after graduation, of five close friends and classmates at Mount Holyoke College. They compare notes on their activities since leaving school and then, in a series of flashbacks, we see them in their college days and learn of the Continue reading

The Fall of Five

The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore (2013)

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YA Fiction | Paranormal: Aliens3.5 StarsBlurb:

“The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.  Continue reading