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Bruce the Blog

June 29, 2022

As other families who share our experience can attest, when you lose a child, there is yet something to be gained: the privilege of helping others in your child’s name. That’s what we’ve tried to do since 2003 with our Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation. Born with a rare dwarfism and an ...

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Two words that neatly describe the experience of seeing stage shows at Connecticut’s Ridgefield Theater Barn are “adventurous” and “fun.” That pair of attributes come fully to the fore in its current production of Peter and the Starcatcher. (Tickets > ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org) Adapted by ...

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Anybody out there remember The Hustle, a disco-era dance craze? A half-century later, when we say hustle, we mean a job, and it’s preceded by “side.” This is, after all, the gig economy. Even ancients like me can muster a side hustle (in my case as a ghostwriter). “Ghost” is another word that ...

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That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ...

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Aspiring playwrights are taught the use of reversal. Something unexpected happens that catches both the protagonist and the audience off guard and can lead to upending our expectations and the character’s subsequent actions. It’s also known as the “third act twist.” Writer Lauren Gunderson has ...

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Michael Jackson. Tina Turner. Temptations. Carole King. Cher. Billy Joel. The list could go on. And on. So-called jukebox musicals have been around a long time, but their streak as a recent Broadway money-making machine was jump started by the phenomenal box-office success of “Mamma Mia!” (Abba) ...

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Creators of musical theater are ever mindful of the show business chestnut that if their work isn’t memorably tuneful, audiences can’t be expected to go home “humming the scenery.” When I headed to opening night of new stage play “Off Peak,” I knew that the two characters are commuters. I was ...

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If you were to read journalistic chronicles of life in New York City 40-plus years ago, you would find a sordid picture of a city reeling into chronic dysfunction. “New York City in the late 1970s was plagued by severe economic and political troubles unlike any the city’s inhabitants had ...

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In a social media post I happened upon, the commenter appeared to be sounding the alarm for any like-minded folks to protest the construction of a mixed-use (residential–office-retail) project in their community. A quick scan of the dialogue that ensued made it sound like people were ready to ...

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“Black comedy” is defined as “a type of comedy in which tragic or distressing subject matter is dealt with in a humorous way.” (For those unfamiliar with that century-old term, it has nothing whatsoever to do with race). Contemporary examples include animated TV series “South Park” and “The ...

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When Elyse’s and my son and Elissa’s brother needed open-heart surgery No. 3 in 2003, the first date offered us by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was March 20. We took that as a sign, partly astrological, partly superstitious, partly pleaful hope. That is my birthday. Must mean something, ...

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Communities across America are using funds they’ve received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in a wide array of ways. In northern Westchester towns, the deployment of federal funds ranges from waterfront revitalization for River Towns along the Hudson to upgrades of wastewater ...

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One-act compilations – where several unrelated short plays are strung together to form a full-length production – are staples of local theater. Connecticut’s Ridgefield Theater Barn production of Divas is a distinct departure from that formula. Currently on its stage, through Feb. 26, are ...

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For those of you lucky enough to have scored those bargain $5,000 seats to this Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI, have fun… explaining to your spouse why you need to take out a second mortgage to pay for the precious tickets. (BTW, for you non-Roman numeral practitioners, LVI roughly translates to 56, and ...

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The year got off to quite a newsworthy start in the Westchester world of politics. For instance, a couple of immediate past supervisors were offered sinecures, the patronage rendition of Thanks for the Memories. In one case, the largesse of a local town board in creating a customized ...

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In his youth, Matt Moore was known as “JoJo.” The nickname was given to him at birth by his grandmother, who thought the newborn’s shock of hair resembled the stylish cut known by that name. In adulthood, Matt Moore became known as an inspirational motivator and paragon of courage whose ...

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“If music be the food of love, play on.” That Shakespeare guy had a knack for coming up with mouth-watering metaphors, such as that one, linking the art of music to the basic sustenance that keeps us alive. The arts indeed are a vital form of nourishment. Food for the soul is one way to look ...

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Sol is Spanish for sun. Local actor Sol (pronounced “sole”) Miranda is shining brightly herself, starting 2022 with great anticipation. Friday, Jan. 14, in particular, is highlighted on her calendar. On that date, Netflix debuts “Archive 81,” a horror series in which she can be seen in ...

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My brother Stephen drove his car flush into a tree one night, almost 50 years ago, ending his life. He had never been the same after our mother, as gentle a soul as could be, was struck down by a lightning bolt out of the blue. The clinical name is massive cerebral hemorrhage. I was 9 and could ...

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I know. The first thing you’re wondering is WTH (what the heck) is a quizzicle? First off, it has nothing to do with that Potter kid. It’s a cross between a quiz and a listicle. If you don’t know about listicles, just know they have nothing to do with icicles, bicycles, popsicles, or—never ...

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Years ago, when I covered the home entertainment business, makers of hi-fi equipment would try to out-do each other by advertising fancy, often indecipherable, terminology to describe their cutting-edge technology. The all-time head-scratcher was “Fuzzy Logic.” “You mean you want to impress ...

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As we Zoom out of the nearly two-year winter of our pandemic discontent, theater fans don’t have to look very far to find vest-pocket entertainment in the form of live stage performances featuring a montage of fast-moving one-acts, or playlets. In fact, on a recent Saturday, I found myself ...

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Those not enamored of musical theater might have noticed the to-do on Thanksgiving weekend regarding the death of an entertainment figure. Given the exhaustion of superlatives strewn about news media and social media, a theater-agnostic might have wondered if some kind of deity had left the ...

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” like the Andy Williams-sung chestnut of that title says. The song goes on to wax lyrical about being “of good cheer” with “friends calling,” not to mention “hearts glowing” when “loved ones are near.” That holiday evergreen has held up very well ...

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Twenty and more years ago, I was a “Travelin’ Man,” as my 1 Million Miles American Airlines status attests. I don’t mean the kind of globetrotter that Ricky Nelson sang about 60 years ago in his hit song of that title. My travels mostly were domestic and westward. I enjoyed business travel ...

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Ain’t life grand? Temporary distractions aside—like the unmentionable thing that we’re inoculating ourselves against—we don’t want for magical conveniences that make life a bit more bearable. Consider the treasure trove at our disposal! Gasless cars. Almost-oil-free air fryers. Earplugs that ...

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No doubt by now you’ve heard of the neighborhood virtual village green called Next Boor (I may have gotten a letter or so wrong there, but you get the drift). It’s where folks with a lot of free time on their hands go to find out all kinds of neat stuff, some of which they could more reliably ...

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One of the primary challenges for a dramatist is to create for the audience a palpable sense of time and place. Another is to draw characters that are at once believable yet larger than life, to captivate an audience and hold it in thrall until the curtain falls. In Hudson Stage’s production of ...

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One of my go-to radio stations is WFUV (90.7 FM), operated by Fordham University. I like its fresh, eclectic menu of music. Maybe I also like to keep close to the generation whose age I once was (if memory serves, which it always doesn’t well enough to deserve a tip). If my alma mater, Syracuse ...

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