Sondheim & Lapine’s Passion, Directed by John Doyle, Will Play Off-Broadway in 2013

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning Passion, the musical of romantic obsession, will return to New York City in 2013 in the intimate setting of Classic Stage Company’s 199-seat home in the East Village, the not-for-profit company announced on Jan. 13. Tony Award winner John Doyle — who gave fresh life to Company and Sweeney Todd on Broadway — will direct.

CSC has been acclaimed in recent years for its productions of plays by Anton Chekhov and for David Ives’ Venus in Fur and New Jerusalem, works with roots abroad. Passion, a 1994 Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, is drawn from Ettore Scola’s Italian film “Passione d’Amore,” and concerns an ugly, broken, grasping woman named Fosca who pursues a handsome soldier, Giorgio, who is already in love with beautiful but married Clara. The musical had a relatively short life on Broadway, but has since gained stature as a unique musical rumination on the nature of love.




New York Wineries Face Tastings Gone Wild (NYT)

Published: July 9, 2007

AQUEBOGUE, N.Y., July 3 — In the 35 years since vines began sprouting out of its sandy soil, the North Fork of Long Island has fought to be recognized as a bona fide wine region, and now more than a million visitors a year visit the tasting rooms at its 30 vineyards to sample award-winning merlots and cabernet francs.

But this season, small signs bearing stern messages — “No Buses,” “No Limos,” “Appointment Only” — have sprouted outside many of the wineries. There also are reports of tastings gone wild involving intoxicated visitors who have tossed back full glasses of wine without regard to nose or body until they grabbed the brass spittoon for baser purposes. (more . . .)

The Times Morgue Packs Up and Ships Out (NY Observer)

by Michael Calderone

“I seem to be the last man standing here,” said Jeff Roth. Dressed in a sharp gray suit with a white handkerchief peeking from the pocket, Mr. Roth was 24 feet below sidewalk level, in the depths of the New York Times Building at 229 West 43rd Street.

Mr. Roth, a group-three clerk for The Times, is the keeper of the paper’s morgue, the files of millions of clippings that served as the institutional memory for a century. “There were probably 50 guys like me at one time, who knew where everything was.”

The clips currently take up a labyrinthine space, an intricate system of dusty file cabinets and stacked cardboard boxes. Only one elevator currently goes from the Times lobby down to the basement. It was once the pressroom, but the presses were packed up and shipped to the Philippines in 1997. (more. . .)

Attorney Ad Rules Spark Unusual Collaboration Between Judges, Bar (

John Caher
New York Law Journal

The involvement of the bar in the formulation of new attorney advertising restrictions marked an unprecedented collaboration between the legal community and court administrators, and one entered into with considerable consternation, a top judge revealed Thursday.

Eugene F. Pigott Jr., now a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, said the presiding justices were reluctant to solicit opinions from the bar in drafting a new disciplinary rule on advertising, largely because they had never done so before. But ultimately the judges “knew what we didn’t know” and began a cooperative venture, he said.

Pigott, who was presiding justice of the Appellate Division, 4th Department, when the new rules were first crafted, suggested ground may have been broken for a new relationship between the rule makers and practitioners.

“This was the first time we ever asked for input,” Pigott said yesterday at the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting. “But I think we knew what we didn’t know, and we didn’t really know how it would impact practice.”

The presiding justices last June proposed amending the code of professional conduct to add sweeping new restrictions on attorney advertising. However, rather than just impose the rules, the justices opened a comment period. Approximately 100 attorneys and virtually all of the major bar groups expressed concerns, which are reflected in the final product. (more…)