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Explore the lost art of letter writing in Fairfield

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It will be my pleasure tonight at 7 at the Fairfield University Bookstore to moderate a discussion with the Westport writer Nina Sankovitch about her wonderful book “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Simon and Schuster) in which she examines what could be the lost art of letter writing. Sankovitch got a lot of attention a few years […] [Read More]
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Playbill Yearbook: 12 months on Broadway

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Now in its tenth edition, the annual “Playbill Broadway Yearbook” has become an indispensable record of a year’s worth of shows and benefits and other special events connected to Broadway. An offshoot of the peerless Playbill.com website, the profusely illustrated volumes are overseen by editor Robert Viagas and a staff that gathers information that can’t […] [Read More]
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Titan ‘Midsummer’: Who will be ‘Bottom’ tonight?

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It always amazes me how many different ways the plays of William Shakespeare can be staged. Traditional. Modern dress. Gender bending. Full-length. Judiciously cut. The stories and the language are so timeless that they work in almost any context or style proving the Bard’s maxim about “the play” being the thing. Saturday night, I caught […] [Read More]
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Yale Rep ‘Arcadia’: attention must be paid

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Yale Repertory Theatre just launched its new season with a beautiful production of Tom Stoppard’s time-traveling love story “Arcadia.” It is perhaps a distortion to focus on the romantic and sexual attachments in this complex, almost-three-hour play that deals with English history, chaos theory, and the way that we can often get the past wrong […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: the pure sci-fi horror of ‘Fire in the Sky’

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Robert Lieberman’s “Fire in the Sky” was released theatrically in 1993 by Paramount Pictures with little fanfare, and then picked up a small cult following from cable and video in the mid-1990s, but it remains an undiscovered gem. Based on a real incident in Arizona in the mid-1970s — a UFO sighting and reported abduction […] [Read More]
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Steve Schirripa talks ‘Sopranos’ & Foxwoods gig

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It was fun to catch up with Steve Schirripa before his appearance with other “Sopranos” cast members at Foxwoods tomorrow. For many fans of the landmark HBO series, Schirripa’s character on the show — Bobby Baccalieri — was perhaps the most sympathetic guy in a cast of killers. “Look, he was a family guy and […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘Tinseltown’ by William J. Mann

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A wonderfully detailed account of the early days of the movie business is blended with the solving of one of Hollywood’s most famous unsolved crimes in “Tinseltown” (Harper), the latest book from William J. Mann, the brilliant biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Before he turned to Hollywood history, Mann wrote novels and those […] [Read More]
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‘Gone Girl’: when a bestseller becomes a popular film

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Whatever you might think of it as a movie, the financial success of “Gone Girl” last weekend was a cheering development for those who wish there were more big studio movies aimed at adult audiences. The adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller came in at number one in the weekend box office derby, edging out […] [Read More]
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