‘Amerissiah’: What if God showed up in The Bronx?

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The terrific downtown theater troupe known as The Amoralists have another hilariously off-center hit on their hands — “Amerissiah” written and directed by Derek Ahonen (above, left). Earlier this year, the company examined a dysfunctional Brooklyn family in “Happy in the Poorhouse.” The new production takes us to the present-day Bronx where the zany Ricewater clan […] [Read More]
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Why go out when you can see ‘Curb’ at home?

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Movie people have been in a panic the past few weeks over the dismal start of the 2010 summer season. Memorial Day weekend was horrendous. In terms of dollars spent by moviegoers, the summer season kickoff weekend was the worst since 2001; if you talk simply about the number of tickets sold, it was the […] [Read More]
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One last ‘Solo Strip’ from Jerry Mitchell

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Jerry Mitchell is a Broadway big-shot now — his choreography credits include “Hairspray” and “Legally Blonde” (above) and he has several new shows in development — but back in the day he was a chorus boy who danced his ass off in shows such as “The Will Rogers Follies.” It was while Mitchell was doing […] [Read More]
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Does ‘Sex and the City 2’ cause cancer?

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I can’t remember a batch of reviews as vicious as the ones “Sex and the City 2” received when it opened last week. Was “Ishtar” so thoroughly trashed in 1987? (Actually, Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave that Warren Beatty-Dustin Hoffman bomb a mixed review.) Some of the notices were so hysterically negative […] [Read More]
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12 week staring contest (and nude doorway) closes at MOMA

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How sad that “Seinfeld” and “Sex and the City” and “Law & Order” are not still around to make hay of the Marina Abramovic “show” that closed yesterday at the Museum of Modern Art. It was the talk of the town for three months, or at least that part of New York City that gets […] [Read More]
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Memorial Day 2010

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Like many other Americans, I have today off and plan to enjoy it, but I do try to spend some time every Memorial Day remembering the men and women the holiday was created to honor. Yesterday, I spent a few hours at the parade in Milford, Connecticut, marking the holiday, and talked to many veterans […] [Read More]
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When pop entertainment stirs up young people

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Adam Rapp is one of our most prolific and challenging young playwrights — and you can never guess where his next play might take you. “The Metal Children,” which has just opened at the Vineyard Theatre off Union Square in Manhattan, is longer and less structured than some of Rapp’s recent plays, but it deals […] [Read More]
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‘The Terrorist’: another terrific post-9/11 espionage novel

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Although some critics feared the end of the Cold War might also mean the end of the modern espionage novel — goodbye John LeCarre! — the post 9/11 world has proven to be fertile ground for novelists. LeCarre has prospered along with a whole new crew of excellent intelligence community novelists including Alex Berenson and […] [Read More]
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