GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings

Saturday, April 16, 2005


What is a Vinotheque? If I base my definition on W Vinotheque in Sheepshead Bay, I’d say it’s an attractive restaurant-supper club with an impressive wine list (the W stands for wine), a so-so menu and a somber ambience. Comment


The 18th century had Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The 20th century had Clare Boothe Luce. Both playwrights excelled at comic ridicule of the upper class. This season the Gallery Players played tribute to Sheridan with an excellent production of "The School for Scandal." Unfortunately, the Heights Players, despite a few exceptional performances, don’t do quite as well with Luce’s "The Women," which plays through April 17. Comment


Kings County Shakespeare Company’s home space, Founders Hall at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, may still be under renovation, but that hasn’t stopped the company from mounting its first production of the 2005 season: a double bill of Terry Quinn’s verse adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, "Rappacini’s Daughter," and Quinn’s own "Bad Evidence." Comment


At long last, director Agnes Jaoui’s second film, "Look At Me," which received a warm welcome when it opened the New York Film Festival last fall, is being screened in Brooklyn. Comment


Jean-Luc Godard’s prominence in film history is assured but problematic. Comment


For some chefs, making their own pizza sauce is a big deal. For Michael Ayoub (pictured), the chef and owner of Fornino ("little oven") in Williamsburg, growing vegetables and herbs for the pizza’s topping in his restaurant’s own greenhouse is part of the job. Comment


With two floors of exhibition space showcasing more than 100 works by his hand, the Brooklyn Museum’s latest show is a moving tribute to one of the borough’s most famous sons, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Comment


In the Narrows Community Theater production of "Anything Goes," there are many actors one would not find in a Broadway musical. There are old people and young people, thin actors and heavy actors, folks who have impressive resumes and those who have little experience. But thanks to director-choreographer John Sheridan’s wonderful navigation, this "Anything Goes" sets sail on balmy seas and rides the crest to arrive safely at port. Comment

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