Ryan Reynolds: the synergy-est man alive

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Sports Illustrated has that bizarre annual swimsuit issue — with all of its attendant advance hype — so it is hard to criticize Time Warner sister magazine People’s annual PR blitz for its “Sexiest Man Alive!” issue. The suspense surrounding this year’s race ended a few hours ago when People announced that Ryan Reynolds will […] [Read More]

‘Dark Light’: did you hear the one about the blind photographer?

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HBO is debuting a remarkable short documentary tomorrow night at 8 p.m. — “Dark Light” — that takes us into the world of blind photographers. No, I am not pulling your leg. I started out watching the 30-minute film thinking that it might be some sort of elaborate put-on — how can a blind person take […] [Read More]

Adam Rapp & The Amoralists prove to be perfect partners

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The Amoralists have become one of the most exciting theater companies in New York City through the intense collaboration of a group of amazing young actors with the powerhouse playwright/director Derek Ahonen who also serves as co-artistic director and literary manager. Ahonen has written a series of wonderful plays designed for his company — hard-to-describe […] [Read More]

Dino De Laurentiis, R.I.P.

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He was a producer whose credits ranged from “La Strada” to “King Kong” and from “Serpico” to “Flash Gordon.” A believer in globalization long before that term became common business practice, Dino DeLaurentiis — who died Wednesday in Beverly Hills at the age of 91 — started out making movies in his native Italy, but […] [Read More]

The wisdom of Adriana Trigiani’s grandmothers

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In the introduction to her new memoir/self-help book, “Don’t Sing at the Table” (Harper), novelist Adriana Trigiani writes about her “luck” in having two “stellar grandmothers” to pass along their life lessons. Well, readers are lucky, too. Lucky that Trigiani decided to take us into the life of her own family and to tell us the […] [Read More]

‘The Scottsboro Boys’: when irony is mistaken for racism

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More than 40 years ago, when the original production of the musical “Cabaret” was trying out in Boston, one of its most acerbic moments became the target of religious protests. During the song and dance number, “If You Could See Her Through My Eyes” (below), the sleazy Berlin cabaret master of ceremonies played by Joel Grey […] [Read More]

‘At This Theatre’: a stage classic is brought up to date

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Applause Books has just released a gorgeous new edition of “At This Theatre,” the oversized Playbill-produced volume that traces the history of every theater on Broadway. The first edition came out in 1984 to mark the 100th anniversary of Playbill and was put together by veteran Broadway chronicler Louis Botto, who is still on staff […] [Read More]

Out of the Warner vault: ‘Eye of the Devil’

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In recent years, Warner Home Video has been pulling oddities off the shelf — titles that would not warrant a full-scale commercial release — and making them available through the Warner Archive program. These made-to-order DVDs have included unjustly neglected titles such as James Bridges’ “Mike’s Murder” as well as B-science fiction pictures like “The […] [Read More]

Jill Clayburgh, R.I.P.

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It was awful to hear about the cancer death of Jill Clayburgh at her home in Lakeville, Ct. Friday night. She was a great actress on screen and stage, and one of the most charming show people you could ever hope to meet. Clayburgh was smart and funny and always happy to talk about favorite […] [Read More]

‘A Delicate Balance’: we do what we can

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Edward Albee’s 1966 Pulitzer Prize-winner “A Delicate Balance” has the surface appearance of a polite drawing room play, but quickly turns into one of the writer’s darkest and funniest visions of humanity. The play shares some similarities with Luis Bunuel’s savage 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” in which guests at a dinner party are gripped […] [Read More]