Bruce the Blog

May 30, 2018

He is more myth than man, the Babe Ruth of brainiacs. Who doesn’t know the name Einstein? It’s as much a word as it is a name, a synonym for genius. Apart from his celebrated scientific work, though, who was Albert Einstein the man? That’s a relative question, one that nimble playwright Mark St.

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Do you ever wonder what BOCES stands for? We associate the name with a center of learning that supplements the general curriculum of local high schools by teaching students specialized trades. Beyond that, does everyone in the non-BOCES population, those who have no direct connection to the ...

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While listening to an interview with a voter on my car radio, I thought I had excess ear wax that obstructed my hearing. The voter (whose name is Bruce) said this about one of the qualifications that a Senate or House candidate must have to earn his vote: “I don’t want anyone with ideas. We have ...

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Editor’s Note: The author of this review is a board member of Axial Theatre. Siblings cackling over their grandpappy’s coma. A 24-year-old bride who says she shot and wounded her wealthy, hot-shot husband because she doesn’t like his looks (and doesn’t much care for the sound of his voice, ...

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The riveting drama “Switzerland,” now playing at Hudson Stage in Armonk through May 5, is a “two-hander.” That’s theater lingo for a play with two actors. If there seems to be more than two characters on stage in this novel idea for a drama, it’s a testament to actors Peggy J. Scott and Daniel ...

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It’s easy to get upset these days for any number of reasons. Still, hope springs eternal (even when we’ve given up hope of seeing spring). We live in a time of such grace and deference toward each other that a wimpy word like snowflake is the toughest insult that bullies can muster.   We’ve all ...

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Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.” There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several ...

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As I become more, uh, mature, I find myself enjoying older movies more than newer movies. The trio of films presented here for your consideration are three of my all-time favorites. They share great stories, great screenplays, great directing, great acting. They also have in common ratings in the ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about how Facebook fans are shocked—shocked!—that their privacy has been compromised, prompting ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the flaky language of weather and the flaky behavior of motorists when the lights go ...

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At long last, the smile of spring approaches, as an angry winter recedes into good riddance. Our spirit is ready to be re-charged. Damn the power outages, full speed ahead! For my wife, Elyse, daughter, Elissa, and me, this otherwise exuberant time of year brings a confusion of mixed emotions.

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Nowhere is the raw power of our Constitution’s First Amendment more earnestly practiced than in thousands of town halls across the land every time a citizen steps up to the podium to say his piece. That also is where reality television can be seen at its rawest, as town meetings are televised to ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Hollywood’s Oscars ceremony being televised on ABC on Sunday, March 4. MOM CULTURE: The ...

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Let’s face it, folks. Not everyone loves Shakespeare. Not even all actors. Andrew Rally is one of them. In fact, where there’s a Will, there’s a way Andrew will find to avoid acting in one of those famously timeless plays. And for good reason. Shakespeare tests, to the fullest, an actor’s mettle, ...

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Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up. Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to ...

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What could the city of Peekskill possibly have in common with Silicon Valley, Hollywood and New York City? Like those familiar centers of multimedia creativity and commerce, the historic river town is downright giddy with excitement about transforming itself into a mediapolis, to coin a ...

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Are you one of those social media cranks who becomes irritated when you see someone fairly beg you, on something they just posted, to “please share this?” Mark Elliot Zuckerberg apparently is one of those people annoyed by it. He’s that overachiever from Dobbs Ferry who created Facebook and he is ...

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When Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban collaborated on the hummable score of “A Chorus Line,” they could not have imagined how prophetic their grand finale exclamation—“one singular sensation!”—would prove to be in describing the magical destiny of the show itself. More than 40 years after it ...

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People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) —Peter Townshend (The Who) I’ve become ...

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I’ve started reading a page-turner of a book. It’s not by J.K. Rowling or Dan Brown or even E. L. James. The book’s sexy title is “Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments,” by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley (Liveright, 2017). As I thumbed through its pages at the library, I was intrigued by the ...

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Gifts have been given and received for the 2017 holiday season, but we have a whole year of gift giving and receiving ahead of us, and have I got a gift for you! I just received from my daughter Elissa a Google Home Assistant. Along with Amazon Echo, this is the new breed of voice-activated ...

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Dear T. Ruth, Well, here we are, old friend: Finally, at the time of year we know as the “holiday season”—or just “the holidays.” You don’t have to be an etymologist (a word nerd) to suspect that “holiday” started life as “holy day.” As you well know (because you are, after all, the one and ...

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Living in this region, it’s easy to be spoiled and take for granted our proximity to such heaven-sent amenities as the Hudson River. For those of us not active in the environmental movement, it’s all too easy, as well, to lose sight of the harsh reality that this monumental natural resource itself ...

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My 27-year-old daughter, Elissa, asked me what I wanted this holiday season. My choice was one of those newfangled, voice-activated digital doodads disguised as an unassuming sound speaker but which otherwise behaves like the late, great Robin Williams’ Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin.” “Your wish is ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the trend in company parties for the 2017 holiday season… MOM (reading her digital ...

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The following information is sourced from a podcast that was published Nov. 3. You can hear it at socialmediaexaminer.com. The other day on Facebook, someone I follow posted a comment wondering if he should unfriend people whom he concluded were no longer active because he hadn’t seen any posts ...

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It’s understandable that when people see empty storefronts, they infer it’s the mark of economic malaise. It is not. What’s not taken into account by jumping to that conclusion is that times change, marketplace dynamics change, shopping habits change. Consumers are spending money, all right, ...

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It’s all over but the shouting; the voting has ended, and the results are in: Depending on where you live, local elections are out of control. Not the part about casting ballots. The part about those mailers, ads and what-not telling you how to cast your ballot. I don’t have any proof at hand ...

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Theater-lovers in this region are used to seeing classic plays by high-profile playwrights on local stages, so it’s culturally newsworthy when new dramas and comedies, including original plays by our Hudson Valley neighbors, come to town. Here are highlights of two such productions you can ...

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Life is about many things, loss being one of the most constant and certainly the most traumatic. We lose parents, though usually not when we are children. I lost my mother when I was 9 years old. More than a half-century later, I wonder how that has shaped me—or perhaps mis-shaped me—as an ...

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