Day: June 24, 2020

From isolation comes strong drama

(I posted this a week or so ago, but that was before “Isolation Stories” reached the U.S. Now it’s here, via Britbox, and worth catching. So here’s the commentary again.)
As Americans poked at the notion of social-distance drama, some Englishmen went full-throttle.
They created four separate tales. Now “Isolation Stories” (shown here) has reached the U.S.; it debuted Tuesday (June 23), via the Britbox streaming service.
Each story is only 15 minutes long, but stuffed with strong drama. Individually, most are terrific; combined … well, they need a bit more variety. Read more…

Gloria’s glorious life gets fresh focus

In some ways, a show about Gloria Steinem’s life seems easy and obvious.
It’s been a big, bold life, one that helped transform society. Now it shows up on stage … on TV … and, soon, in movie theaters.
“She’s everywhere,” said Christine Lahti, who portrayed her on stage and in “Gloria: A Life,” at 9 p.m. Friday, June 26 (check local listings) on PBS. “And she needs to be everywhere.”
But doing a show about her, with Steinem (shown here) looking on? That’s not so easy. Read more…

Best-bets for June 26: Daytime Emmys; a Gloria-ous life

1) “Great Performances: Gloria – A Life,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings). It’s been a big life, actually. Once a Toledo kid dreaming of being a Rockette, Gloria Steinem helped alter the possibilities for American women. Christine Lahti (shown here) portrays her, with six actresses taking all the other roles. It’s a good (if flawed) show that ends with a twist: Steinem, strong and sharp at 86, arrives. She takes comments from people in the audience … many of them witnesses to a world she transformed. Read more…