Zoglin’s View

To the Critics of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’: Lighten Up

No theater genre inspires more disdain among critics and other guardians of Broadway’s “purity” than the movie-to-musical adaptation. Taking a popular old film, adding songs, and turning it into a family-friendly Broadway show? Too crass, too unoriginal, too nakedly commercial. Begone!  Mrs. Doubtfire, a new musical based on the 1993 Robin Williams film, has come to … Continue reading To the Critics of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’: Lighten Up

‘The Morning Show’ and the Sophomore Jinx

I’ve been a latecomer to many of the limited series that have inundated the TV streaming services over the past couple of years, monopolizing so much of our time during the pandemic. But I’ve now seen enough to offer one general observation-slash-warning. With a few obvious exceptions, these shows tend to go downhill after the … Continue reading ‘The Morning Show’ and the Sophomore Jinx

Fear Factor: A Game Plan for the Democrats

Like many liberal Democrats who had trouble sleeping during the Trump presidency, I found myself relying on MSNBC for nightly solace, shared outrage, and any signs of hope that the Trump nightmare might soon be over. Eventually it was. With the advent of the Biden administration, that nightly MSNBC fix began to seem less urgent. … Continue reading Fear Factor: A Game Plan for the Democrats