Notes on a preview of ‘Angels in America’

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It wouldn’t be kosher for me to “review” the new production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan — the two-part production just started previews last Tuesday and isn’t set to officially “open” for a few weeks — but why can’t I share some good news with you? The first New […] [Read More]
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Ted Danson as George Christopher on ‘Bored to Death’

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A long-running TV series has a way of using up actors so that we think we’ve seen everything they can do. Series stars have been able to do successful variations on their first hit (Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and then as Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler […] [Read More]
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‘The Grifters’ + ‘Mad Men’ + ‘Dallas’ = ‘Lone Star’?

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One of the challenges in talking about a new TV show is the yet-to-be-solved mystery of whether or not it will hold up in the long run. Shows that start off with a bang (i.e. “Entourage”) can sometimes run out of gas very quickly. Other less promising series (“Seinfeld”) gain momentum and turn into super […] [Read More]
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‘Secret Historian’: the man who let it all hang out

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Justin Spring’s new book “Secret Historian” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is equal parts fascinating and shocking — a biography of Samuel Steward, a long forgotten college professor, writer and tattoo artist (!) who was one of the major sources for sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Steward was friends with such […] [Read More]
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Nicole Kidman heading back to Broadway

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Playbill.com announced today that Nicole Kidman will be returning to Broadway next year in a revival of the Tennessee Williams play, “Sweet Bird of Youth.” This will be the first appearance by Kidman on Broadway since her sensational work in David Hare’s “The Blue Room” (right) more than a decade ago. It was seeing that […] [Read More]
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Louis CK: ‘stupidity followed by self-hatred & analysis’

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A very funny film that truly lives up to its bragging title — “Hilarious” — is debuting on the EPIX video-on-demand service tomorrow. Starring the comedian known as Louis CK – who also wrote, directed and edited “Hilarious” — the film captures the comic in action for 80 minutes of crude but pointed analysis of his […] [Read More]
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From Janis Joplin to Bruce Springsteen at Max’s Kansas City

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Abrams Images has just released a juicy, over-sized book, “Max’s Kansas City,” about the famed downtown bar/eatery/club where the hippest New Yorkers — and visiting celebs — assembled nightly from 1968 through 1981. Gallery operator Steven Kasher edited a collection of photographs, interviews, and memorabilia designed to give those of us who weren’t around at […] [Read More]
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‘American Idiot’: the continuing resistance to rock on Broadway

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While I was on vacation, I finally caught up with the Broadway musical that director Michael Mayer has made out of the Green Day album, “American Idiot.” The staging is truly thrilling and the songs are given a real theatrical charge by an excellent cast that includes John Gallagher Jr. (who won a Tony for […] [Read More]
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