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Second season of ‘Looking’ gets early digital release

HBO has been loosening up its rigid distribution and release patterns in recent months. What was originally a cable-only service was just made available for streaming via Apple devices with the new HBO Now app, no doubt angering cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner who used to be the exclusive providers of new episodes […] [Read More]

‘Firefly’: putting the past behind you

The roots of drug addiction are explored in a harrowing and surreal new play, “She Calls Me Firefly,” that is getting a public developmental production by the New Perspectives Theatre Company. Teresa Lotz’s drama is being presented in a pop-up bar called Freddie’s Place at 458 West 37th Street that adds to the slice-of-life realism […] [Read More]

‘One Mile Under’: Ty Hauck returns

After a few years of powerful stand alone novels, Andrew Gross has brought back the character of Ty Hauck for “One Mile Under” (William Morrow), which drags him into a frightening corporate conspiracy involving fracking in Colorado. The combination of Gross’ terrific pacing with the return of a much beloved series character makes the new […] [Read More]

Rent it now: the original ‘Out-of-Towners’

When I watched the reissued DVD of “The Out-of-Towners” (1970) I was very happy to see that the movie is as entertaining as ever. The comic teamwork of Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis — as an Ohio couple on a disastrous job interview trip to Manhattan — is nothing short of fabulous. Lemmon keeps his character’s […] [Read More]

Bad Movies We Love: Brando & Redford in ‘The Chase’

If you want to stump your friends with a trivia quiz ask them to name the movie that co-starred Marlon Brando and Robert Redford. There’s a reason that many people have never heard of the movie in question — “The Chase” — because this 1966 picture about life in an out-of-control small Texas town is […] [Read More]

#FridayReads ‘The Great Parade’ by Peter Filichia

Most theater lovers probably fantasize about time travel as they wander the streets of Manhattan’s Theater District and think of all the great shows that were once produced at venerable theaters like the St. James, the Music Box and the Winter Garden. If I had access to a time machine I probably wouldn’t zoom around […] [Read More]

Whatever happened to the stage thriller?

It was fun to see the Walnut Street Theatre’s current production of “And Then There Were None” (above) in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I didn’t know that Agatha Christie had turned one of her most popular novels into a play in 1943 or that she gave her story of a group of house guests […] [Read More]

‘Kapow-i GoGo’: ‘Hunger Games’ on acid

First hatched as part of the late-night #serials program at The Flea Theater, “Kapow-i GoGo” has moved on to an extended life at the Peoples Improv Theater. Produced in three 90-minute parts — each containing three “episodes” — this mash-up of comic books, Young Adult dystopian novels and martial arts movies is dangerously funny. I […] [Read More]