Coming: ‘Think Twice’

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On a recent Amtrak trip to Philadelphia, when I wasn’t concerned about the terrible security on our national railroad (see item below), I was very happily engrossed in an Advance Readers’ Edition of “Think Twice” by Lisa Scottoline. The St. Martin’s Press novel won’t be in stores until March 16, but I don’t believe in […] [Read More]
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The most stylish man in the world?

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Ben Whishaw: the 21st century Tom Courtenay?

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You might want to get your tickets now for the MCC Theater production of “The Pride” that starts performances off-Broadway next Wednesday. The show will mark the U.S. stage debut of 29-year-old English actor Ben Whishaw whose career heat has steadily risen over the past few years. Like so many Brits, Whishaw has been juggling stage, TV […] [Read More]
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Kurosawa packing them in at Film Forum

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There was a long line of people waiting to see Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 classic “The Hidden Fortress” at the Film Forum in Manhattan Saturday night. I was there to see Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” — which was also playing to sold-out houses — but it was wonderful to see such intense interest in a […] [Read More]
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Broadway dancers bare (almost) all for charity

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What do you do when a one-night-only annual fundraiser reaches its maximum earning potential? Add more nights! That’s what Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs has decided to do with its amazingly successful strip-tease fundraiser, “Broadway Bares,” held on a Sunday night every June at Roseland in Manhattan. The two shows are presented on the only weekend […] [Read More]
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Primary season in L.A.: or, the not-so-Golden Globes

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When it comes to the Golden Globes, it has always been tough to figure out who in the equation is more cynical — the overseas “journalists” who give them or the Hollywood folk who receive them. The group was at one time viewed as so corrupt that the TV show was dropped by a broadcast […] [Read More]
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Brian Dennehy Broadway-bound in Beckett-O’Neill double-bill

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Playbill.com had some great news for theater fans over the weekend — Brian Dennehy definitely will be bringing his acclaimed double-bill of one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill and Samuel Beckett to Broadway between now and Tony time in the spring. The Connecticut native got some of the best reviews of his career for a 2008 […] [Read More]
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From ‘Hair’ to the moon

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The label “eclectic” doesn’t begin to describe the work of director Diane Paulus, who has staged operas, nightclub shows and Broadway musicals with equal success. Paulus appears to have a real knack for creating pieces for specific spaces. Two years ago, she managed to dust off the counterculture relic “Hair” for a terrific new staging in Central […] [Read More]
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