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‘Empty Nest’: the return of the flying Scottolines

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Some people take vitamins every day. I do, too, but they don’t seem to do much for my mental health. For the past few weeks, I’ve found the perfect daily picker-upper — a chapter or two from the recently published “My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space” (St. Martin’s Press), by Lisa […] [Read More]
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Stephen Sondheim gets a phenomenal birthday party

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How great it is that Stephen Sondheim has lived to be 80 and to witness his transition from being a Broadway cult figure to a full-fledged national treasure. 2010 has been a year-long celebration of Sondheim that has included a star-studded Broadway revue (“Sondheim by Sondheim”), the naming of a Broadway theater after him, and the […] [Read More]
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‘Time Stands Still’: the return of the well-made, realistic play

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The play’s style might be traditional, but there’s nothing old-fashioned in the subject matter or the performances in the Broadway production of Donald Margulies’s “Time Stands Still,” now on at the Cort Theatre. The play takes place now — or as close to “now” as a work of art can get — and is powered […] [Read More]
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‘Playbill Yearbook’: Broadway as an incredible high school

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Whether you page through it for fun or put it on your theater reference shelf, “The Playbill Broadway Yearbook” is the best annual account of what happens on those fabled few blocks in midtown Manhattan where masses of people see great — and not so hot — shows 8 times a week, 52 weeks a […] [Read More]
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The zany, irascible dame behind Judy & Liza & Eloise

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Kay Thompson’s status as a show business cult figure — 12 years after her death — is bolstered by the impressive crew that contributed jacket blurbs to the new biography by Sam Irvin. Pre-publication raves were assembled from Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, Michael Feinstein and a few more notables. Irvin’s book, […] [Read More]
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Ryan Reynolds: the synergy-est man alive

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Sports Illustrated has that bizarre annual swimsuit issue — with all of its attendant advance hype — so it is hard to criticize Time Warner sister magazine People’s annual PR blitz for its “Sexiest Man Alive!” issue. The suspense surrounding this year’s race ended a few hours ago when People announced that Ryan Reynolds will […] [Read More]
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‘Dark Light’: did you hear the one about the blind photographer?

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HBO is debuting a remarkable short documentary tomorrow night at 8 p.m. — “Dark Light” — that takes us into the world of blind photographers. No, I am not pulling your leg. I started out watching the 30-minute film thinking that it might be some sort of elaborate put-on — how can a blind person take […] [Read More]
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