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The ‘Strange Powers’ of Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields

A new documentary traces the history of The Magnetic Fields and its brilliant and elusive front man Stephin Merritt. Co-directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara follwed Merritt for a decade but “Strange

‘On Broadway’: from ‘Oklahoma’ to ‘Catch Me If You Can’

A decade ago, David Campbell created a sensation on the New York cabaret scene with a series of club dates that pushed him from the small (and now defunct) Eighty Eights to the Rainbow Room in record

‘Voyeur’: another slice of Hamptons noir from Daniel Judson

The sharp divisions between the wealthy and the working class in the Hamptons have powered the crime novels of Daniel Judson and his latest, “Voyeur,” might be the writer’s best book yet. Judson deals

Where bad old movies go to die (and to be reborn)

Charles Busch is a prodigiously gifted writer and actor who also happens to be a peerless Hollywood historian. In search of vehicles for his own manic comic sensibility, Busch has mined old movies —

‘The Walking Dead’: enough with the zombies already!

Who knew when we were watching George Romero’s midnight movie sensation “Night of the Living Dead” that the flesh-eating zombies he created would prove to be one of the biggest influences in the

Rent it now: Michael Crichton’s underrated 1978 thriller ‘Coma’

Michael Douglas served a long and unusually varied apprenticeship in Hollywood before he became a major box-office star — and Oscar-winning actor — in the 1980s. Douglas appeared in a series of

‘On the Line’: high anxiety on the streets of New York

I had a great time last night moderating a discussion at the Westport Library with two of our best crime writers, S.J. Rozan and Daniel Judson. They are both good talkers as well as writers so it was

‘Cash Crop’: a road trip through the California pot scene

It’s a “crime” that many of us — most of us? — committed more than once. Especially when we were young and foolish. Show me a baby boomer who claims he or she was never in the presence of the illegal
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Notes on a preview of ‘Women on the Verge…’

Broadway has been inundated with musicals based on movies over the past decade, but I don’t think there has ever been a show that displayed more reverance for its film source material than “Women on

‘Follow Me Down’: college days without nostalgia

The new play “Follow Me Down” by Patrick Barrett takes place at Oxford University in 1925, but it tells a timeless story of those intense (and unlikely) friendships we form at college out of sheer