‘Compulsion’: when The Holocaust becomes show biz

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Rinne Groff takes us to the intersection of history and show business in her very powerful new play, “Compulsion,” which is getting its world premiere production at Yale Repertory Theatre. The show opened to the press Thursday night and will be running through Feb. 28. Groff tells the little-known story of the wrangling over the […] [Read More]
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‘Brava, Valentine’: This is where I came in

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Adriana Trigiani’s just-published novel, “Brava, Valentine” (Harper) is the second book in a trilogy about a hard-working New Yorker named Valentine Roncalli, but I can testify that it works just fine as a stand-alone experience. Trigiani is one of those best-selling writers I’ve been hearing good things about from friends for a long time, but […] [Read More]
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Good news for Sarah Ruhl fans — ‘Passion Play’ returning

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Playbill.com announced some great stage news earlier this week. The epic Sarah Ruhl drama, “Passion Play,” that opened the 2008-2009 Yale Rep season is being produced in New York City in April. Mark Wing-Davey — who staged the New Haven production — is putting together a new, site-specific version at the Irondale Center inside the Lafayette […] [Read More]
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David Brown has left the party

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The great film and stage producer David Brown died yesterday at the Manhattan apartment he shared with his wife Helen Gurley Brown. He was 93 and enjoyed an incredible career that included co-producing some of the biggest hits of all time, including “Jaws” and “The Sting.” It was Brown and his partner Richard Zanuck who launched Steven […] [Read More]
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It’s about time! – Christopher Plummer Oscar-nominated

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Longtime Weston resident Christopher Plummer has won just about every stage acting award, but an Oscar nomination has eluded the star despite a film career that goes back five decades. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made up for its oversights by (finally) citing Plummer for his work as Leo Tolstoy in […] [Read More]
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‘Daddy’: gambling on a twist ending

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The new play by Yale alumnus Dan Via — “Daddy” — that opened last night in Manhattan under the auspices of Downtowntheatre Company, features a trio of really strong performances in a story that touches on lots of interesting issues. The play has a huge, deal-breaking flaw in the last ten minutes, but let’s stay […] [Read More]
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A Fairfield County ‘Sense and Sensibility’

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Perhaps taking People magazine to heart — they once called her a “Jewish Jane Austen” — Cathleen Schine has used the plot of “Sense and Sensibility” as the starting point for her charming new novel “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” (Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The trigger for Schine’s story is Manhattan patriarch Joseph Weissmann’s […] [Read More]
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You know it had to happen — 3D porn!

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    The Hollywood Reporter and BBC World News reported earlier today that Tinto Brass — director of the notorious 1979 pornographic-historical drama, “Caligula” — will begin shooting the first 3D porn flick in May. James Cameron set new global box-office records this week with his 3D science-fiction movie, “Avatar,” which has made the theatergoing […] [Read More]
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