Notes on a preview of ‘Women on the Verge…’

Broadway has been inundated with musicals based on movies over the past decade, but I don’t think there has ever been a show that displayed more reverance for its film source material than “Women on
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‘Follow Me Down’: college days without nostalgia

The new play “Follow Me Down” by Patrick Barrett takes place at Oxford University in 1925, but it tells a timeless story of those intense (and unlikely) friendships we form at college out of sheer
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There’s no people like show people (especially Klea Blackhurst)

What a treat it was to see Klea Blackhurst’s show “Everything the Traffic Will Allow” yesterday at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport. The singer-actress has been doing this 90-minute piece
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n + 1 asks: ‘What Was The Hipster?’

The smart folks behind the Brooklyn journal n + 1 put out a terrific book on the financial collapse (“Diary of a Very Bad Year”) a few months ago and now they offer up a lighter but equally sharp
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‘Too Fat for 40′: Kevin Smith kicks himself when he’s down

As I watched a preview copy of “Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40” the other night I couldn’t figure out if it was a comedy special or a cry for help. The show debuts as a video-on-demand option on EPIX
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Sinatra as actor: from ‘The Kissing Bandit’ to Oscar winner

Although Frank Sinatra was called “The Voice” throughout his career, he managed one of the longest and most successful crossover careers in movies of any major vocalist. Barbra Streisand won an Oscar
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A new piece for the Stephen Sondheim puzzle

The big news for musical theater fans this week is the release next Tuesday on DVD of a 1966 Stephen Sondheim musical — “Evening Primrose” — that was produced for television, shown once on ABC, and
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‘Panic! Euphoria! Blackout’: the stupidity of crowds

You can’t hold on to conventional notions of theater when you see a show by The Talking Band. The avant garde troupe was spun off from Joseph Chaikin’s legendary Open Theater company in 1974 and they
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