The Music Mensch

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

Soul Doctor could benefit from some, yes, surgery The key, I have found, to a successful jukebox musical – and by successful, I mean financially lucrative and long-running – is existing audience familiarity with the music. No one would pay Broadway-level prices for a concert if they weren’t already a fan of the artist and [&hellip
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Maulik Pancholy is Wide Awake

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

Talented actor embraces challenging roles It’s possible you’ll recognize actor Maulik Pancholy from his scene-stealing turn in the early seasons of Weeds as cowardly, closeted pot dealer Sanjay Patel. Or maybe from the first season of Whitney, in which his character, Neal, eventually came out as bisexual. More than likely, though, you remember Pancholy as [&hellip
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Daddy Issues

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

Niels Arestrup is one bad dad in You Will Be My Son By Doug Strassler There is something so calming about French films – the lush countryside vistas, the way men wear tailored suits to all occasions that somehow still let them breathe, the glass of wine that seems to always be at hand regarless [&hellip
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Let‘s Spend the Night Together

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

Blood Play marks an auspicious Williamstown bow for Debate Society By Doug Strassler You can’t blame Bev (Hannah Bos) and Morty (Michael Cyril Creighton), newly arrived to Skokie, Illinois, for wanting to make a good first impression. This 1950s couple has just moved into the Chicago suburb with their awkward son, Ira (Emma Galvin), in [&hellip
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Rainbow High

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

Ben Rimalower’s solo star tribute is his own star turn By Doug Strassler Perched in the upstairs performance space at West Village staple The Duplex is Patti Issues, an ongoing solo show featuring director-writer Ben Rimalower paying tribute to the ultimate diva and his favorite star of all – Patti LuPone (you were expecting…Kerry Butler?) [&hellip
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Mother Knows Best

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

Burton makes for one killer spy in Hapgood Tom Stoppard is, rather inarguably, the leading playwright of the intellectual frontier, but even with stabs at physics and symmetry, his 1988 play Hapgood falls on the low end of the scientifically entertaining miniscus. Still, this spy-versus-spy-verus-spy thriller comedy (thromedy?) throws many bone to actors looking to [&hellip
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