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‘Everything to Lose’: Andrew Gross in a darker vein

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Today is publication day for the seventh novel by Andrew Gross — “Everything to Lose” (William Morrow) — which I am happy to report sets a new high bar for this master of the high octane thriller. Like Lisa Scottoline in her current novel, “Keep Quiet,” Gross risks some reader alienation by putting us in […] [Read More]
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‘Tales from Red Vienna’: women & war & death

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A lukewarm review from The New York Times might have botched a Broadway transfer of the new David Grimm play “Tales from Red Vienna” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, but it’s hard to believe this moving and sexy drama won’t have a long after-life in regional theaters and wherever else good plays are produced. Meanwhile, […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: An early Sam Rockwell triumph

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Sam Rockwell hasn’t achieved A-list stardom, but he is one of the finest actors in this country, with outstanding film and stage performances going back more than two decades. Years ago, before he broke out in movies, I saw Rockwell deliver an astounding performance in a Mike Leigh play at a tiny off-Broadway theater. The […] [Read More]
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Nick Ziebro’s ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do’: the next Michael Buble?

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The talent, confidence and musicianship evident on Nick Ziebro’s debut CD “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” would be impressive from a singer of any age. The fact that the vocalist was only 17 when he laid down these tracks at Nola Studios in New York is rather astounding. The CD is a very smart […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘The Book of You’ by Claire Kendal

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Claire Kendal makes a smashing debut with the stalking thriller “The Book of You,” which will be published by Harper on May 6. The suspense novel was the subject of a pre-publication bidding war and it only takes reading a few chapters to see why — Kendal sets up a terrifying, all-too-real scenario that keeps […] [Read More]
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‘Acting Foolish’: Lewis J. Stadlen’s lowdown on show biz

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There are few stage actors who have given me more pleasure over the years than Lewis J. Stadlen, from the 1974 Broadway revival of “Candide” (above), in which he played Pangloss, right up through last year’s vaudeville drama, “The Nance” (below), in which he co-starred with Nathan Lane. So, I wasn’t surprised by the wit […] [Read More]
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‘Cosmicomics’: Ildiko Nemeth’s big bang theory

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The impossible-to-categorize director-writer-designer-filmmaker Ildiko Nemeth is back with another one of her funny and visually stunning stage pieces, “Cosmicomics,” which is running through April 19 at Dixon Place in downtown Manhattan. Nemeth and her New Stage Theatre Company create works of great beauty and heightened theatricality in various New York City spaces. While I’m sure […] [Read More]
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Linda Lavin: a portrait of the artist in Fairfield

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Leave it to the smart and adventurous actress Linda Lavin to come up with a new way of doing a public interview. On Sunday, Lavin and her husband, the musician and artist Steve Bakunas, came to the Edgerton Center on the campus of Sacred Heart University for the ongoing “American Legends” series in which performers […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: unexpected thrills in a French kitchen

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D.A. Pennebaker has been making good documentaries for so many years now that film buffs have learned to follow the director-cameraman-editor wherever his interests might take him. Pennebaker’s long list of films includes the classic Bob Dylan documentary, “Don’t Look Back” (1967), as well as the Clinton campaign film “The War Room” (1993) he made […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Youngblood Hawke’

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The sexual revolution of the late 1960s put an end to one of my favorite Hollywood genres — the lurid potboilers adapted from the naughty novels of hugely popular (and now forgotten) writers such as Harold Robbins and Grace Metalious. The filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s couldn’t get away with the smut to be […] [Read More]