By Out.com Editors
From the sands of the Sahara to the mountains of northeastern China to the Konyak tribes of India, sophisticated thrill-seeker and humanitarian Zelda Kaplan has just about seen it all. These days the 92-year-old socialista spends her evenings ping-ponging about Manhattan, regaling hipster artists, the fashion elite, and A-listers like Pen�lope Cruz with her amazing multicultural tales. Bringing her impressive history and worldly expertise to the table, Kaplan offered her critique of an eclectic, globe-spanning set of new releases, including a Broadway show about the 30-year evolution of a sexually ambiguous friendship, a Cannes Jury Prize�winning film about a seemingly content Japanese family on the verge of a breakdown, and the sophomore LP from Brighton, England�s indie spook princess Bat for Lashes (a.k.a. Natasha Khan).
The Story of My Life, a musical about a decades-long friendship between a big-city author (Will Chase) and a small-town bookstore owner (Malcolm Gets)
�I don�t think these characters realized they had something deeper between them until the end of the play, and I hope their relationship was more than a friendship. But where�s the Sturm und Drang, the confrontation? This show is seamless, but it�s a seamless bore. Six out of 10.�
The Story of My Life is playing at New York City�s Booth Theater.
Tokyo Sonata, acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa�s drama about a pride-obsessed family living a life of denial and deception in modern Japan
�The film dragged and I felt more like a voyeuse than a participant until three quarters of the way into it, when the mother realized and encouraged her young son�s talent as a pianist. It brought me back to my pre�World War II days when my family members used to play classical music. We are so lucky to have that sort of beauty in the world. Seven out of 10.�
Tokyo Sonata opens in New York March 13, with openings in select cities to follow.
Two Suns, Bat for Lashes� album of contemporary fables exploring chaos, balance, the divided self, and �metaphysical ideas concerning the connections between all existence�
�She must be superintelligent to think this way. She�s a thoughtful young woman and well-schooled musician, but I wouldn�t want to be in a relationship with her. You�d have to be a masochist! I�d simply say, �Bye, bye, baby.� I�m too lazy to be a drama queen. It�s pleasant listening, though. Seven out of 10.�
Two Suns is available April 6 on Astralwerks.