Martha Stewart’s ex-friend writes half-baked tell-all

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After reading Mariana Pasternak’s just-published “The Best of Friends: Martha and Me” (Harper), it is easy to understand why celebrities hand out confidentiality agreements to almost everyone they meet. If an ex-“best friend” could write a book like this, what might a business associate or social acquaintance cook up? The memoir is Pasternak’s attempt to […] [Read More]
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‘Poorhouse’: sexual problems Viagra can’t solve

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If John Cassavetes had been hired to do a movie remake of “The Honeymooners,” the results might have been something like the very funny (and very poignant) new play “Happy in the Poorhouse,” by Derek Ahonen, that opened over the weekend at Theatre 80 St. Marks. “Poorhouse” is the follow-up to Ahonen’s “The Pied Pipers […] [Read More]
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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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