Kathleen Turner’s screen to stage transition continues

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TheaterWorks Hartford is officially announcing today that its 25th anniversary season will begin in July with a world premiere production starring Kathleen Turner. “High” by Matthew Lombardo will open July 9 and run through Aug. 22. Lombardo is the author of “Tea at Five,” a Katharine Hepburn bio-drama that served as a spectacular vehicle for […] [Read More]
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‘A Prophet’: how prisons construct gangsters

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Writer-director Jacques Audiard didn’t take home the Oscar for best foreign language film last Sunday night, but his gangster epic, “A Prophet (Un Prophete),” is a formidable piece of work. Through the story of one 19-year-old petty criminal, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), who is sent to prison for six years, Audiard shows us how […] [Read More]
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‘Strip-opoly’: Broadway dancers find their risque theme

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Last night in Manhattan, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced the title and theme for their 20th anniversary “Broadway Bares” show June 20 — “Strip-opoly.” The two shows at the Roseland Ballroom on that night will mark the official end of the current Broadway season and charity organizers are hoping for a $1 million haul this […] [Read More]
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‘Art’ doc: does it show a ‘steal’ or just bad estate planning?

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The documentary, “The Art of the Steal,” seems poised to be one of the big art house hits of the spring. The movie played both the Toronto and New York film festivals to great reviews last fall and the limited theatrical bookings that started late last month have been doing solid business. Still, I was […] [Read More]
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‘Hell Gate’: illicit sex in the mayor’s mansion?

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Over the past decade, Linda Fairstein has come up with one of the most winning formulas in crime fiction — mixing present and past in New York, with novels centered on historic sites in the city. The former head of the D.A.’s Sex Crimes Unit has taken us inside the main branch of the New […] [Read More]
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Fairfield’s David Pittu: always a good reason to see a play

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The amazingly talented and versatile Fairfield actor David Pittu opened in a new off-Broadway play Tuesday night, “Equivocation,” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Bill Cain’s drama mixes history and fiction in a tale of William Shakespeare being commissioned to write a play about the “Gunpowder Plot,” an attempt by Catholic terrorists to blow up Parliament […] [Read More]
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The amazing short films in the running for an Oscar

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The practice of showing cartoons and live action shorts before a feature film was on its way out by the time I started going to the movies as a kid in the 1960s. But from time to time, generous independent theater operators would add value to their programs with memorable extras like the Mel Brooks-voiced […] [Read More]
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Sex vs. faith in new Broadway play ‘Next Fall’

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Playwright Geoffrey Nauffts carves out new theatrical turf in his play “Next Fall,” a hit off-Broadway last year that is now in previews for a Broadway opening next week. Nauffts zeroes in on a few topics that rarely come up among sophisticated Manhattan folk — belief in God and acceptance of the notion of sin. […] [Read More]
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