If You Like Smash, You'll Love Slings & Arrows

by admin February 7, 2012 5:44 pm
If You Like Smash, You'll Love Slings & Arrows

I like Smash. I like its energy, I like the ensemble, I like the musical numbers and I like the way the show's writers have concocted a version of Broadway that feels rooted in a recognizable reality, while also allowing for the dramatic conveniences (and contrivances) that come with the territory of primetime network soaps. I also like that the show seems to have found a modest, but decent-sized audience. The premiere attracted 11.8 million viewers and if that number holds or increases in subsequent weeks (and here's hoping it does increase, because the show improves greatly in the coming episodes we've screened), Smash should be with us for a while and could turn on a whole new audience to the pleasure of an evening out at the theater, be it the Great White Way or your local repertory company. If you were one of the 12 million folks that tuned in and liked what you saw, I'd encourage you to check out an even better show about all the blood, sweat and tears (and laughs... don't forget laughs) that go into mounting a theatrical production: Slings & Arrows.

If You Like Smash, You’ll Love Slings & Arrows

by admin February 7, 2012 5:44 pm
If You Like Smash, You’ll Love Slings & Arrows

I like Smash. I like its energy, I like the ensemble, I like the musical numbers and I like the way the show's writers have concocted a version of Broadway that feels rooted in a recognizable reality, while also allowing for the dramatic conveniences (and contrivances) that come with the territory of primetime network soaps. I also like that the show seems to have found a modest, but decent-sized audience. The premiere attracted 11.8 million viewers and if that number holds or increases in subsequent weeks (and here's hoping it does increase, because the show improves greatly in the coming episodes we've screened), Smash should be with us for a while and could turn on a whole new audience to the pleasure of an evening out at the theater, be it the Great White Way or your local repertory company. If you were one of the 12 million folks that tuned in and liked what you saw, I'd encourage you to check out an even better show about all the blood, sweat and tears (and laughs... don't forget laughs) that go into mounting a theatrical production: Slings & Arrows.

Canadian Gems on American TV, Eh?

by admin July 10, 2008 4:05 pm
Canadian Gems on American TV, Eh? Blame Canada. That Oscar-nominated South Park ditty is easy to invoke when our northern neighbors export such ho-hum tube fare as this week's new CBS police crisis pick-up Flashpoint or SOAPnet's current trashfest MVP: He Shoots, She Scores. But we have to see the value of imports when the hockey-lovers deliver sublime treats like Due South and Slings & Arrows.

So maybe you skip Flashpoint -- although it does star northern boy Enrico Colantoni, forever beloved as the who's-your-daddy of Veronica Mars (and as the sweetly deluded alien in 1999's classic Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest) -- and instead enjoy some DVDs of the great white north's greater gifts.

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