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  and musings on Theater, Film and Culture (Music,
  Cabaret, Books and more) by veteran arts writer
  and New York Post/Hollywood Reporter
  critic Frank Scheck.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Frontline's Trump's Road to the White House is a stomach-churningly scary look at the president's unlikely rist to power. To read my Hollywood Reporter Critic's Notebook on the documentary, click here.

A dog is reincarnated several times over in A Dog's Purpose, an adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's best-selling novel. To read my Hollywood Reporter review, click here.

-------Frank Scheck

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In his first official press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to make nice with reporters even while doubling down on his previous false statements. To read my Hollywood Reporter Critic's Notebook, click here.

Tell Hector I Miss Him, Paola Lazaro's playwriting debut set in Old San Juan, features Selena Leyva and Dascha Polanco of Orange is the New Black. To read my Hollywood Reporter review of the Off-Broadway production, click here.

A washed-up, former child star plays the role of Jesus in a megachurch stage production in the inspirational screen comedy The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. To read my Hollywood Reporter review, click here.

--------Frank Scheck

Monday, January 23, 2017

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States last Friday. The next day, millions of people around the world marched in a protest against his policies. Here are my three Hollywood Reporter Critic's Notebooks about the tumultuous events:

Trump delivered an inaugural address that sounded like one of his campaign speeches on steroids. To read my take, click here.

Later that same day, the new president got straight to work, and so did the protestors. To read my take, click here.

Saturday's Women's March on Washington, and similar protests around the world, made history. But not if you were watching Fox News. To read my take, click here.

-------Frank Scheck

Friday, January 20, 2017

CNN's documentary The End examines the final days of the Obama administration and features interviews with several of his key staffers. To read my Hollywood Reporter Critic's Notebook about the film, click here.

-------Frank Scheck

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Director Phyllida Lloyd's trilogy, reimagining Shakespeare's classics as the performances of female prison inmates, concludes with The Tempest. To read my Hollywood Reporter review of the production at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse, click here.

-----Frank Scheck