A Year in the Life

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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

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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

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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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Turkish Delight

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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 Price of Innocence

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Roundabout’s Winslow Boy revival earns a positive verdict By Doug Strassler Those unfamiliar with The Winslow Boy, British playwright Terence Rattigan’s seminal offering about innocence and honorability, might be surprised to find out that while almost every line of dialogue somehow addresses young Ronnie Winslow (Spencer Davis Milford), he’s far from the central figure in [&hellip
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The Musical Merry-Go-Round of Life

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Broken Circle Breakdown overstrains for dramatic effect We first meet Elise (Veerle Baetens) and her husband, Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) in a dramatic moment, tending to their sweet, sick daughter, Maybelle (Nell Cattrysse) in a hospital. Just six years old, Maybelle is battling cancer and Didier and Elise are enduring a trial no parent should know. [&hellip
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Off-Broadway Roundup

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A look at the varied Off-Broadway offerings playing on stages around town By Doug Strassler Jericho Jack Canfora’s Jericho straddles two distinct styles of theatre. It belongs to that ever-growing sub-genre known as the “9/11 play,” consisting of works that deal, usually directly, with the events of that horrible day. It’s also a Thanksgiving play, [&hellip
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A Virtual Jack of All Trades

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Veteran performer Jack Noseworthy reinvents himself in Two Point Oh In Jeffrey Jackson’s new play, Two Point Oh, billionaire software impresario Elliot Leeds (Jack Noseworthy) dies when his private jet crashes en route to an important G8 summit in Asia. Tragic as his passing is, life gets even more confusing for his grieving widow, Melanie [&hellip
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