Snow night at ‘Hair’ on Broadway

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If you can make it into New York City tonight, you can the see the hit revival of ”Hair”  at 8 p.m. for only $40. The producers announced this afternoon that all remaining tickets at the box office for the show have been reduced in price to ”celebrate today’s blizzard.” “Hair” is at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th […] [Read More]

Is the Internet generation prepared for ‘real life’?

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Andre Techine’s “The Girl on the Train” is the first narrative feature I’ve seen that deals with the problems of young people who are more comfortable online than they are in real life and who are still relying on “helicopter” parents into their 20s. Techine is a French writer-director with a long list of credits […] [Read More]

The Leadville 100 — why do they do it?

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You don’t have to be interested in mountain bike racing to enjoy the thrilling and beautifully shot documentary, “Race Across the Sky,” about last summer’s Leadville 100 competition in Colorado. This grueling 100-mile race takes place in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and the filmmakers clearly designed the movie so that non-sports […] [Read More]

Alex Berenson scores a knock-out

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Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson blends fact and fiction so seamlessly in his new thriller, “The Midnight House” (Putnam), that you get the feeling you are learning how things really work in the intelligence community. Berenson’s protagonist John Wells is a CIA agent who believes in his country — and who knows that […] [Read More]
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‘Eclectic Society’: Racism in 1963 Connecticut

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The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia isn’t known for doing volatile new material — it has the world’s largest subscription audience (56,000) and tends to present solid, middle-of-the-road musicals and plays. So, you could feel the tension in the audience at Sunday afternoon’s performance of the world premiere production of “The Eclectic Society,” an ambitious […] [Read More]

The movie that changed everything — ‘Psycho’

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Those who weren’t around when the Alfred Hitchcock picture, “Psycho,” opened in 1960 have no idea of the revolutionary impact it had on the movie business. Hitchcock put sex and violence front and center in a Hollywood film for the first time. From that moment on, moviemakers were given license to keep upping the ante. By […] [Read More]

Jackie Collins: she is her own genre

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 How’s this for an attention-grabbing opening?: “Belle Svetlana surveyed her nude image in a full-length mirror, readying herself for a thirty-thousand-dollar-an-hour sexual encounter with the fifteen-year-old son of an Arab oil tycoon.” Yes, Jackie Collins has a new novel out — “Poor Little Bitch Girl” (St. Martin’s) — and it is her usual, all-but-irresistible, up-to-the-minute […] [Read More]

‘The Last New Yorker’: when cities change and people don’t

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What a treat it is to see veteran character actor Dominic Chianese given the opportunity to carry the vibrant new independent film, “The Last New Yorker.” The collaboration between writer Adam Forgash and director Harvey Wang is steeped in affection for New York City and the struggles of aging people to survive there. The film […] [Read More]

The best ‘Glass Menagerie’ of our time returns

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The fantastic Gordon Edelstein staging of “The Glass Menagerie” at Long Wharf Theatre last season is being revisited in Manhattan starting March 5 at the Laura Pels Theatre where it is set to run through May 30. The director and his cast took a break from rehearsal today for a photo op (above)  sponsored by Roundabout […] [Read More]

Are the 1930s the past and the future?

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Just a few years ago, the gripping theater piece “Decade at a Glance” by Joan Evans would probably have felt harrowing but distant. After all, Evans uses the Great Depression era photos of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans (below) as the starting point for a theatrical examination of the impact of the financial apocalypse on […] [Read More]