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A new piece for the Stephen Sondheim puzzle

The big news for musical theater fans this week is the release next Tuesday on DVD of a 1966 Stephen Sondheim musical — “Evening Primrose” — that was produced for television, shown once on ABC, and

‘Panic! Euphoria! Blackout’: the stupidity of crowds

You can’t hold on to conventional notions of theater when you see a show by The Talking Band. The avant garde troupe was spun off from Joseph Chaikin’s legendary Open Theater company in 1974 and they

The mother of all (modern) horror movies turns 50

It’s hard to believe that a half-century has passed since Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” turned the movie industry upside down. Hitchcock broke more rules than anyone could count at the time — killing

‘The Ride’: mixing things up on the streets of New York

Many people who visit New York City for the first time say that it’s like being in a movie because they grew up watching films set there. The other night, I went on a new city tour called “The Ride”

A week with Nathalie Baye at Lincoln Center

It kills me that I have other plans for tomorrow night and won’t be able to see the great French actress Nathalie Baye in person at a special public event in her honor sponsored by the Film Society of

When will we (finally) let Marilyn Monroe die?

Just when you think you’ve read and seen everything that there was to be read and seen about Marilyn Monroe, along comes a new book claiming to “redefine” the star who died 48 years ago. “Fragments”

Does ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ belong on Broadway?

After a few weeks of previews at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, the off-Broadway hit from last season, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” officially opens on Broadway Wednesday night. The rock-fueled show

Selling ‘Catfish’: fake innocence fuels Facebook ‘documentary’

The pseudo-documentary “Catfish” has been getting a lot of attention since it debuted at Sundance last winter and went on to be picked up for national distribution. The movie opened theatrically in

‘The Social Network’: the genius of David Fincher

I’ve seen more than one review of “The Social Network” that compares this amazing film with “Network” because of the way it satirizes technology and the people who serve it. When I caught up with the

‘Saxophone Colossus’: Sonny Rollins in images and words

One of the best marriages in pop culture has been between jazz and photography. The pictures of ace cameramen like William Claxton have helped to preserve the performance style of musicians who