‘Musicality Hour’: radio as theatre at Yale Cabaret

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You only have five more chances to catch Mike Skinner’s new play “The Musicality Radio Hour” which opened last weekend at Yale Cabaret and will be on again tonight through Saturday. Skinner is a third year sound design major at the Yale School of Drama who harbors a love of old-time radio — plays and […] [Read More]

Hollywood from A(l Pacino) to (Catherine) Z(eta-Jones)

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The new HBO documentary “His Way” tells a great modern Hollywood story — the rise of Jerry Weintraub from talent agent to one of the most important producers in the business. Like the recent HBO special on Fran Lebowitz, “His Way” has been given the glossy production values of a major motion picture, but it’s […] [Read More]

Bartlett Sher scores another Manhattan hit with ‘Le Comte Ory’

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What a pleasure it has been watching the hard-working director Barlett Sher become one of the stars of the New York opera and theater worlds over the past few years. It seems like only yesterday that Sher was an associate director at Hartford Stage who moved on to become company director at the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota. […] [Read More]

Rent it now: The original ‘Heartbreak Kid’

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Successful remakes have a way of getting in the way of the original — “An Affair to Remember” is much more popular than “Love Affair” — but if there’s any justice, the 2007 Farrelly brothers version of “The Heartbreak Kid” is rapidly fading into the obscurity it deserves. The original 1972 film was an audience […] [Read More]

Believe it or not, a new must-see Nazi documentary

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For many years, The History Channel has been dubbed “The Hitler Channel” by wags for the seemingly endless programming devoted to Adolf Hitler and World War II. So, when I received a copy of the DVD version of “The Third Reich” (A & E Home Entertainment) in the mail last week I wasn’t sure if […] [Read More]

#fridayreads ‘Slugfest’ by Rosemary Harris

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A wonderful blogger in Arlington, Virginia — Bethanne Patrick — publishes a Twitter feed under the moniker @thebookmaven and every Friday she asks her followers to share what they are reading under the hashtag fridayreads. It’s always fun to see what several thousand diverse readers around the globe are digging into at the start of each […] [Read More]

Elizabeth Taylor R.I.P.: pop culture revolutionary

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The first phrase that popped into my head when I heard about the death of Elizabeth Taylor this morning was “erotic vagrancy.” That’s what the Vatican charged the actress with while she was conducting her flagrant extramarital affair with co-star Richard Burton on the set of “Cleopatra” in 1962. 20th Century Fox feared that worldwide […] [Read More]

Gearing up for Broadway’s sexiest night of the year

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There was good news from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS last week — director-choreographer Josh Rhodes is returning to stage this year’s “Broadway Bares” benefit which is being called “Masterpiece.” After dancing in a few of the shows over the years, Rhodes took over the whole shindig for the 20th anniversary performance last June and it […] [Read More]

‘Limitless’: Bradley Cooper proves he can ‘open’ a movie

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An irresistible premise and the official launching of a new star were enough to make “Limitless” the top movie at the box office over the weekend. For once, the most popular film in the land also proved to be a good time for adults as well as the core teen demographic. We seem to be […] [Read More]

Beach book season begins with ‘When Beauty Tamed the Beast’

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With temps in the 70s on Friday, I think we should kick off beach book season early this year — haven’t we earned it after the winter we’ve been through? — and I have a good one for you: “When Beauty Tamed the Beast” (Avon) by Eloisa James. A quick glance at the cover of […] [Read More]