‘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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‘The House of the Devil’: Three-quarters of a classic

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If the pay-off in the last 15 minutes of “The House of the Devil” was as strong as the build-up in the first 80, the movie could have been a horror classic. Writer-director Ti West has taken the satanic cult hysteria of the 1980s and fashioned it into a very well-made mood piece about a […] [Read More]
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‘A Single Man’: Tom Ford looks beneath the surface

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It comes as no surprise that Tom Ford’s first movie “A Single Man” is stunning to look at — after all, he is the genius designer who got Gucci back on its feet and then launched his own label with some of the most stylish advertising ever to be seen in glossy magazines. What’s really interesting […] [Read More]
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‘Orphans’ has a home for another six weeks

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Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson got some great news earlier today — his staging of the nine-hour Horton Foote epic “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” has had its run extended for another six weeks at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan. The show was already a close-to-sold-out hot ticket before Part 3 opened to the press Tuesday […] [Read More]
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‘Jersey Shore’ vs. ‘The Bachelor’: no contest

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While the rest of the world was watching — and love/hating — the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore,” I have been struck dumb by my first encounter with ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Although it is on one of the four major broadcast networks — and has been a hit for a decade — “The Bachelor” seems […] [Read More]
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Bill Maher hones his act in New Haven

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Bill Maher put on a terrific show at the Shubert Theater in New Haven Saturday night, surprising those who only know him as a TV host with a powerhouse stand-up act. The theater was packed and I only noticed a few walk-outs — during a longish section on religion. Maher has been traveling the country honing […] [Read More]
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