The best ‘Glass Menagerie’ of our time returns

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The fantastic Gordon Edelstein staging of “The Glass Menagerie” at Long Wharf Theatre last season is being revisited in Manhattan starting March 5 at the Laura Pels Theatre where it is set to run through May 30. The director and his cast took a break from rehearsal today for a photo op (above)  sponsored by Roundabout […] [Read More]
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Are the 1930s the past and the future?

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Just a few years ago, the gripping theater piece “Decade at a Glance” by Joan Evans would probably have felt harrowing but distant. After all, Evans uses the Great Depression era photos of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans (below) as the starting point for a theatrical examination of the impact of the financial apocalypse on […] [Read More]
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‘Vicious Kind’: Men talking dirty with tears in their eyes

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“The Vicious Kind” is another one of the dozens — hundreds? — of recent American independent films that barely qualifies as a “movie,” in the sense of something that gets seen in a significant number of theaters. The picture was shot in Norfolk, Connecticut, and was screened at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it […] [Read More]
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‘Final Target’: globalization spawns a new form of terrorism

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Writing about what he knows, international private investigator Steven Gore has made a smashing fiction debut with the recently published, “Final Target” (Harper). It’s another post-9/11 thriller that unsettles a reader with its view of the nearly limitless ways in which the free flow of dollars and other forms of currency around the globe makes […] [Read More]
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‘The Pride’: juggling sex & love in two eras

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I caught one of the final previews of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “The Pride” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village over the weekend. The official press opening is tomorrow night — you can expect to read some very strong reviews on Wednesday. I have a hunch this limited run under the auspices of MCC […] [Read More]
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Frank Sinatra: when a singer became an actor

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Tom Santopietro is a film critic and biographer who seems to have a good handle on both the art and commerce that must be juggled by anyone who works in movies. Santopietro carved out his own new turf in books he wrote about the film careers of two great pop singers who became accomplished actresses […] [Read More]
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The story behind Christopher Plummer’s remarkable career

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(I’ve been off recharging my batteries for a few days, so I thought today and tomorrow would be a good time to re-explore two oldies but goodies that ran in this space before my blog expanded to four newspapers. I’ll be back Monday with reports on a terrific debut thriller by Steven Gore and a couple of new plays that are […] [Read More]
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Modern dance + opera + rock = ‘Remember Me’

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One-time Paul Taylor dancer David Parsons is among the handful of modern dance choreographers who has been able to launch a successful company of his own. Parsons Dance — which is now 25 years old — is in residence at The Joyce Theater in Manhattan through Feb. 21 and the company is performing a reworking […] [Read More]
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