Young and Restless’ Missing Links and One Live To Live (Apparently) Rises From the Ashes

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman I’ve basically cheered on most of the changes made in The Young and the Restless these past three months.  Characters like Nick, Phyllis and even Sharon have been fixed by giving them more clarity and strength. The new sets, like Avery’s living room/kitchen and Nick’s bar, are awesome.  … [Read more...]

One Life to Live: Still Surprising After All These Years

By Ed Martin One Life to Live showed me something last week that I haven't seen in 30 years of soap viewing: A mass wedding of two dozen gay couples. This show has pushed the envelope in a number of crazy ways since the ‘70s, sending its characters to heaven, to an underground city and careening through time. What a pleasure it was  OLTL's … [Read more...]

Marlena Returns Monday 8/31 to Review Daytime Emmys

Hi, everyone! What a week!  Moose and I had to cancel our August vacation to take good care of our 12-week-old puppy, Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe.  And then my computer crashed, and it took days to find and set up a new one.  Today I realized that the Daytime Emmys are Sunday!  I will also be resuming regular postings now that my  official summer-long … [Read more...]

Peter Bartlett Contest Winner Announced

Marlena and the Atlantic Theater Company are pleased to announce that Trudi of West Virginia (go Mountaineers!) is the winner of two tickets to What's That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling.  She scored the highest of our many entrants in our Peter Bartlett Quiz contest. Our thanks to all who entered. As you know, Peter co-stars with writer … [Read more...]

Contest: Win a Pair of Tickets To See Peter Bartlett in What’s That Smell?

By  Marlena De Lacroix In honor of our first anniversary, Marlenadelacroix.com is delighted to have two tickets to the hit off-Broadway show What's That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling to give away to some lucky Thinking Fan, compliments of the show's producers,  The Atlantic Theater Company. The hilarious satire on musical theater, … [Read more...]

Theater Review: One Life To Live’s Peter Bartlett in What’s That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling

By Marlena De Lacroix Wednesday night I LMAO and in addition laughed so often I had tears and mascara running down my face. I attended a preview of  What's That Smell? The Music of Jacob  Sterling, a "comedy with vocal selections" starring David Pittu (Tony nominated for Is He Dead?)  and our own beloved Peter Bartlett (Nigel, One Life to … [Read more...]

Why One Life To Live’s Back to the Future Story Was a Bomb

Thinking Fans Comment Update Aug. 28: Aaron enjoyed "1968" for its fun, escapism and heart ... while Christian in Boston found the acting embarrassing ... our own Soap Shrink discovered a compelling psychological adventure beneath the silliness ... and more. See Comments below.  _________________________  By Marlena De Lacroix What did I … [Read more...]