‘A secretary is not a toy’

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A revival of the 1961 musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is set for next season, with Daniel Radcliffe (below) taking on the role that made Robert Morse (above) a star almost a half-century ago. A show about the business world that you might think would be hopelessly dated — the Frank […] [Read More]
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‘Letters’: sex, love and dreams of Africa

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Who needs 3-D movies when you can see a powerful new play in a Manhattan space that is probably not much bigger than your living room? The At Hand Theatre Company has taken over the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row on West 42nd St. for “Letters to the End of the World” by Anton Dudley […] [Read More]
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Giving away the (glossy magazine) store; or ‘June’ in May

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Nothing better illustrates the confusion reigning at a few key print publications — regarding their Internet presence — than the recent trend of giving away most of the contents of their new magazines days before they appear on newstands. Many of us who love glossy magazines are still digging into our current May issues of Vanity […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: ‘Doctor Zhivago’

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Released smack in the middle of the turbulent 1960s, “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) now looks like a bridge between two different eras in movie making. Director David Lean had triumphed three years earlier with the great critical and popular success, “Lawrence of Arabia,” and “Doctor Zhivago” was an even bigger financial success (despite mixed reviews). By […] [Read More]
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‘A Doll’s House’: the more things change…

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It would be comforting to report that writer-director Gordon Edelstein’s notion of moving Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” to the contemporary Connecticut suburbs proved to be misguided when the show was officially unveiled Wednesday. After all, wouldn’t we like to believe that a play written in 1879 about the imbalance in male-female relationships simply wouldn’t […] [Read More]
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Justin Long — king of the DVD extra — comes home tonight

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It kills me that I have other, unchangeable plans for tonight, because the non-profit Community Theater in Fairfield is hosting one of my favorite performers — Justin Long — for a screening of his new film, “After-Life,” at 7:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session. The Fairfield native hasn’t yet found that one special role […] [Read More]
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When helicopter parents crash

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The new play by Bathsheba Doran, “Parents’ Evening,” got a quick kiss-off from New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood last week, but it’s a tightly written and beautifully acted examination of a married couple in danger of splitting apart because of their daughter’s problems at school. The show opened at the downtown Flea Theater last […] [Read More]
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‘Andrew Jackson’: bloody bloody good

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Although the Green Day musical “American Idiot” has gotten a lot of attention over the past few weeks for bringing a big dose of contemporary pop to Broadway, there’s an even more interesting rock musical simmering away downtown. “American Idiot” is a hybrid show in which a rock album has been transferred to the stage […] [Read More]
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