When helicopter parents crash

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The new play by Bathsheba Doran, “Parents’ Evening,” got a quick kiss-off from New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood last week, but it’s a tightly written and beautifully acted examination of a married couple in danger of splitting apart because of their daughter’s problems at school. The show opened at the downtown Flea Theater last […] [Read More]
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‘Andrew Jackson’: bloody bloody good

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Although the Green Day musical “American Idiot” has gotten a lot of attention over the past few weeks for bringing a big dose of contemporary pop to Broadway, there’s an even more interesting rock musical simmering away downtown. “American Idiot” is a hybrid show in which a rock album has been transferred to the stage […] [Read More]
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See you in a week!

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Your faithful blogger is taking off a week to recharge. Will be back with reports on “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (above), “Post Modern Living,” “Babies” and lots of other cultural stuff that’s on my agenda for the next week. (You can follow my regular Twitter updates on this page.)   Take care and see you in […] [Read More]
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‘Lost’ on the road with Albert & Julie

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When the nice folks at the Trumbull Library asked me if I would host a “road movie” in conjunction with their “One Book-One Town” celebration of Reif Larsen’s “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” it didn’t take me long to zero in on the 1985 Albert Brooks film, “Lost in America.” Larsen’s book includes a […] [Read More]
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Dede Allen, R.I.P.

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Another titan of the movie business died over the weekend — without ever winning an Oscar. Dorothea Carothers “Dede” Allen had a long and productive life — she was 86 when she died — but the Academy Award eluded her in spite of the revolutionary impact she had on her own craft and the art of […] [Read More]
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‘American Idiot’: new musical, new technology

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The Green Day album-derived musical “American Idiot” opens tomorrow night at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. I haven’t seen it yet, but have been fascinated by the advance buzz on the Broadway chat rooms. Older show people have been dismissing it as another loud, “jukebox” musical in the vein of “Mamma Mia!” (but without that hit’s […] [Read More]
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‘Kick-Ass’: America says ‘no thanks’ to pre-teen killer flick

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The keepers of American mainstream movie standards are probably breathing a sigh of relief today over this weekend’s disappointing box-office performance of “Kick-Ass.” The film came in number one in the box-office sweepstakes, but it grossed $11 million less than the pre-weekend $30 million projected take. Based on a popular comic book, the R-rated movie […] [Read More]
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‘Fallen Angels’: Noel Coward’s ‘Sex & the City’

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Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” and “Private Lives” get revived frequently, but you don’t hear about too many productions of “Fallen Angels.” The 1925 comedy is about two married London women — best friends for many years — who are excited and horrified by a possible visit from a Frenchman with whom they both had affairs […] [Read More]
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