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‘The Connection’: crime drama with a personal touch

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“The Connection” is a terrific French thriller about what happened in the Marseilles drug world after the period covered in William Friedkin’s “The French Connection.” Things got worse there in the mid-1970s when the dealers paid off cops and high-ranking political officials to a point where they could commit enforcement killings on the streets, in […] [Read More]
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‘The Visit’: too strange for Broadway?

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The final John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, “The Visit,” might have a long life in regional theaters — it’s an intimate, one-set, 90-minute piece — but this chamber musical about revenge has not been faring well on Broadway since it opened last month. Without the great stage star Chita Rivera in the central role […] [Read More]
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‘Radiant Angel’: Is it still ‘a matter of when’?

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Remember that U.S. government line we kept hearing over and over again in the wake of 9/11? “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” Our fears of another terrorist attack — especially on New York City — were stoked for years with the spectre of another imminent assault, with strong hints […] [Read More]
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Lust & love in ‘Stranger by the Lake’

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Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger by the Lake” opened in this country to almost unanimous praise in 2013 — a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and many writers drawing comparisons with the best work of Alfred Hitchcock — but it’s an odd, strangely slack suspense piece about a young man who falls in love/lust with […] [Read More]
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Happy Memorial Day!

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Why I used to love rainy Memorial Day weekends

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Almost every year, when summer starts, my thoughts go back several decades to one of the craziest ventures I’ve ever been involved with, a business in which rainy holiday weekends were much desired. Against my better judgement, I was lured into a plan to convert a just-closed porn theater on the Delaware Coast into the state’s […] [Read More]
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‘Hello Ladies’: abrasive but very funny

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A 2013 HBO season series that never clicked, “Hello Ladies” has just been released on DVD by HBO Video. The big comedy hits on HBO tend to feature characters you might want to spend time with in real life (“Sex and the City”) or whose lifestyle many viewers aspire to (“Entourage”). As unpleasant as some […] [Read More]
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‘Mrs. Wilson’: when a woman ran the country (briefly)

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Long Wharf Theatre is ending its season with an intriguing, extraordinarily well-acted history play, “The Second Mrs. Wilson,” by Joe DiPietro. The drama takes us back to the early years of the last century when Woodrow Wilson lost his first wife, Ellen, and started going out with the Virginia widow Edith Bolling. Wilson became the […] [Read More]
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