Getting Owned

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

OWNEDPOSTERWEBSITE A Q&A with the company of the new Knife Edge show Actors Don DiPaolo and Neil Holland and director Sam Helfrich, of theater company Knife Edge Productions, reunite after 2011’s successful run of the Stephen Belber show Tape with the new production of Owned. Penned by another major playwright, Drama Desk nominee Julian Sheppard, Owned [&hellip
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Every Day They Write the Book: Francois Ozon’s In the House

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

Photo courtesy Cohen Media Group The French film is part social commentary, part unabashed soap opera It’s always nice to see a work of art that values the art of creation – particularly the act of observant writing. Such is the case with In the House, the latest satire-cum-thriller from French auteur François Ozon. Adapting Juan Mayorga’s play, House is [&hellip
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Rattlestick Branching Out: A New York Theatre Company Goes National

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

Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging Daniel Talbott’s ‘Slipping’ is the first LA production for the NYC company The Off-Broadway theatre community isn’t a geographical location as much as a mental one, a notion that Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has embraced wholeheartedly as it expands its base all the way from New York’s West Village to Hollywood. Slipping, the well-received play written [&hellip
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Good With People is Worth the Check-In

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

Photo by Carol Rosegg “J’accuse?” It’s one of the first lines uttered in David Harrower’s layered play, Good With People, currently shining at 59E59 as part of its Brits Off Broadway festival. Those familiar with history will understand this statement’s implications of cruelty, equally apt in the time of writer Emile Zola in nineteenth century France as well as [&hellip
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An Unexpected Family: ’50 Children’ Documents a Holocaust Miracle

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

A new documentary about a bright spot in one of humanity’s darker periods premieres on HBO. Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus, the new documentary by Steve Pressman, recounts the story of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Some may know of this Philadelphia couple who helped rescue, as [&hellip
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His Name is Ari Brand

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

Up close and personal with the ‘Asher Lev’ star Among the Goliaths storming the New York City boards this year – Tony winners like Douglas Hodge, Shuler Hensley and Nathan Lane as well as marquee names like Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks have or will graced the stage this season – one David has demonstrated remarkable [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: Caitlin Rose & “Except Rap & Country”

Written by Simon Lazarus Vasta on . Posted in Music

“I like everything except Rap and Country.” God, is there a more phrase as simultaneously innocuous and incendiary as that one? It’s the pop music equivalent of “I’m not racist, but…;” a phrase oft repeated by the woefully underinformed and culturally stagnant when they want to appear more evolved than they actually are. By saying [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: The Next Day Introduces Bowie, The Mortal (Part 2)

Written by Simon Lazarus Vasta on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

Missed part one? Read it here. When The Next Day was announced on Bowie’s 66th birthday, I had long since given up any hope of hearing new material. It was as if a limb I had amputated years ago had suddenly reappeared one morning; the phantom pains I had gone through such lengths to banish merely a [&hellip
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