‘Unanswered Prayers’: the road you didn’t take

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Does anyone remember the Sissy Spacek-Kevin Kline movie, “Violets are Blue”? It was a 1984 flop — written by Naomi Foner (mom to Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal) and directed by Jack Fisk — that rarely turns up on TV these days and has never appeared on DVD, but is fondly recalled by at least one […] [Read More]

The return of David Campbell

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The good news is that Australian singer-actor David Campbell has returned to the United States with a new CD and a cabaret tour. The bad news is that Campbell’s East Coast stint is a brief one — a five night gig at Manhattan’s Feinstein’s at the Regency that starts tonight. A little more than a […] [Read More]

The most generous folks in show business?

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You could make an argument that stage actors are among the hardest working people in show business. Eight times a week — no matter what their mood or personal problems — the performers in Broadway shows deliver the goods for a live audience that expects to be thrilled by the play or musical that they’ve […] [Read More]

‘My Passion’: searching for beauty in Malibu

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Will even the most rabid Barbra Streisand fans shell out 65 dollars for the superstar’s first book, “My Passion for Design” (Viking)? Instead of a memoir about one of the great careers in modern show biz, Streisand has delivered a profusely illustrated coffee-table volume that details her mammoth renovation/construction projects on the beautiful seaside property […] [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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‘Empty Nest’: the return of the flying Scottolines

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Some people take vitamins every day. I do, too, but they don’t seem to do much for my mental health. For the past few weeks, I’ve found the perfect daily picker-upper — a chapter or two from the recently published “My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space” (St. Martin’s Press), by Lisa […] [Read More]

Stephen Sondheim gets a phenomenal birthday party

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How great it is that Stephen Sondheim has lived to be 80 and to witness his transition from being a Broadway cult figure to a full-fledged national treasure. 2010 has been a year-long celebration of Sondheim that has included a star-studded Broadway revue (“Sondheim by Sondheim”), the naming of a Broadway theater after him, and the […] [Read More]

‘Time Stands Still’: the return of the well-made, realistic play

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The play’s style might be traditional, but there’s nothing old-fashioned in the subject matter or the performances in the Broadway production of Donald Margulies’s “Time Stands Still,” now on at the Cort Theatre. The play takes place now — or as close to “now” as a work of art can get — and is powered […] [Read More]