In praise of Charles Busch

In his curtain speech at Saturday night’s performance of “Cleopatra,” Charles Busch talked about his 40 year relationship with the Theater for the New City where he has put on a series of riotous
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What cellphones might be doing to us

Kevin Kunze’s documentary about the possible health risks of cellphones — “Mobilize” (TDC Entertainment) — is done in a very low-tech, low-key style that makes it all the more terrifying. Kunze lays
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The B-movie studio that ruled the 1960s

When I was a kid growing up in the 1960s, I didn’t really know one movie studio from another, with the single exception of Hammer Films. The Hammer label always meant horror movies that went a little
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‘Killer Takeout: comfort food mystery

Lucy Burdette (aka Connecticut’s Roberta Isleib) delivered her seventh Key West murder mystery on Tuesday — “Killer Takeout” (NAL) — and it’s another satisfying cozy that combines a well-drawn
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Film Forum celebrates the Maysles brothers

Although they inadvertently set in motion some of the forces that led to today’s abysmal “reality TV” genre, Albert and David Maysles also revolutionized non-fiction and fiction movies with a series
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A late report on ‘Electronic City’

“Where exactly am I?” a character asks early in “Electronic City” and we get no good answer. Like most of us today, the people in director/designer Ildiko Nemeth’s recent New Stage Theatre Company
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‘Three-Martini Lunch’: good old/bad old days

Using Rona Jaffe’s “The Best of Everything” as one of her jumping off points, Suzanne Rindell takes us back to the New York publishing world of the late 1950s in her just-released novel “Three-Martini
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‘First Daughter Suite’: behind the headlines

One of these days, the brilliant theater composer Michael John LaChiusa will score the big fat hit his talent merits, but until then his cult followers (myself included) will be left savoring his
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