Notes on a preview of ‘Angels in America’

It wouldn’t be kosher for me to “review” the new production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan — the two-part production just started previews last Tuesday and
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Ted Danson as George Christopher on ‘Bored to Death’

A long-running TV series has a way of using up actors so that we think we’ve seen everything they can do. Series stars have been able to do successful variations on their first hit (Mary Tyler Moore
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‘The Grifters’ + ‘Mad Men’ + ‘Dallas’ = ‘Lone Star’?

One of the challenges in talking about a new TV show is the yet-to-be-solved mystery of whether or not it will hold up in the long run. Shows that start off with a bang (i.e. “Entourage”) can
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‘Secret Historian’: the man who let it all hang out

Justin Spring’s new book “Secret Historian” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is equal parts fascinating and shocking — a biography of Samuel Steward, a long forgotten college professor, writer and tattoo
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Nicole Kidman heading back to Broadway

Playbill.com announced today that Nicole Kidman will be returning to Broadway next year in a revival of the Tennessee Williams play, “Sweet Bird of Youth.” This will be the first appearance by Kidman
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Louis CK: ‘stupidity followed by self-hatred & analysis’

A very funny film that truly lives up to its bragging title — “Hilarious” — is debuting on the EPIX video-on-demand service tomorrow. Starring the comedian known as Louis CK — who also wrote,
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From Janis Joplin to Bruce Springsteen at Max’s Kansas City

Abrams Images has just released a juicy, over-sized book, “Max’s Kansas City,” about the famed downtown bar/eatery/club where the hippest New Yorkers — and visiting celebs — assembled nightly from
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‘American Idiot’: the continuing resistance to rock on Broadway

While I was on vacation, I finally caught up with the Broadway musical that director Michael Mayer has made out of the Green Day album, “American Idiot.” The staging is truly thrilling and the songs
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