The Eyes Have It

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Catherine Deneuve is Sublime in On My Way It’s been exactly fifty years since Catherine Deneuve first charmed the parapluies off audiences in Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, during which time the prolific international star has played everything from a murderous wallflower to a sexually frustrated housewife to a bisexual vampire. In recent years, [&hellip
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A Year in the Life

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Politics, Theater, TV

Bryan Cranston makes a presidential Broadway debut in All the Way Bill Rauch’s production of All the Way, the Robert Schenkkan civics lesson that just opened at the Neil Simon Theatre following runs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the American Repertory Theater, marks the Broadway debut of beloved television actor Bryan Cranston as well [&hellip
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Third Time’s the Farm

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film, Theater

O’Hara and Pasquale have an affair to remember in Bridges of Madison County The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller’s flowery, if vapid, romantic novel of love among the cornstalks, spent over a year atop best-seller lists in the early nineties and launched casting discussions that hadn’t been so rabid since Vivien Leigh donned [&hellip
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James Eckhouse Knows Best

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The veteran actor makes his Broadway debut in All the Way James Eckhouse’s most recognizable role will always be sensible Jim Walsh, paterfamilias to Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty) on the iconic 1990s hit Beverly Hills, 90210. But now East Coast audiences have reason to be excited, as Eckhouse has joined the cast [&hellip
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Kathryn Erbe: An Actress Full of Joy

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film, Theater

The actress discusses her new Off-Broadway role Kathryn Erbe has applesauce in her hair. Yes, applesauce. It’s not a trendy new Goop recommendation or anything, just remnants from a particularly icky scene from rehearsal for Ode to Joy, the new Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul) comedy-drama opening at the Cherry Lane [&hellip
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Waleed F. Zuaiter’s Golden Moment

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The Omar producer-star reaps the rewards of a family affair By Doug Strassler As many of us East Coasters deal with a February full of shoveling cars out from underneath snow and drying out soggy boots, actor-producer Waleed F. Zuwaiter has the distinctly first-world problem of finding the perfect-fitting tuxedo. For Zuaiter, a working actor [&hellip
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Turkish Delight

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film, Theater

Billy Hayes delivers his side of the Midnight Express story It’s been more than 35 years since Alan Parker’s film Midnight Express sent the term Turkish prison to infamy and birthed writer Oliver Stone’s own autobiographical Oscar-laden career. At the center of this true story, however, is a man, and in Riding the Midnight Express [&hellip
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‘The Past’ Augurs a Healthy Future for Farhadi

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Is Asghar Farhadi one of the world’s great sadists? How else to explain his seeming revelry in the painful fissures in relationships between loved ones? His last film, the self-explanatorily entitled A Separation, proved to be not just a major success story for Iranian cinema, but one of the most essential movie-going experiences of the [&hellip
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American National Theatre Offers Peek at Upcoming Plays

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New York’s Algonquin Hotel, landmark whose famed round table saw such denizens as George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Robert E. Sherwood, and Alexander Woollcott, played host to a new generation of American artists eager to support the twin inaugural productions of the American National Theatre (ANT) on Monday evening. ANT, whose mission is to identify [&hellip
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