A Tale of Two Pattis

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Robin de Jesus takes over local Patti Issues while creator Ben Rimalower takes it overseas By Doug Strassler Ben Rimalower earned raves – in addition to a Bistro and Mac Award – for his solo show Patti Issues, in which he detailed his relationship with his father and his devotion to the arts, particularly to [&hellip
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The Hill Town Women

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

An Interview with the Five Leads from The Hill Town Plays The Hill Town Plays marks the debut of Theatre: Village, produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, spotlighting the work of downtown mainstay Lucy Thurber. Comprised of five distinct plays (Scarcity, Ashville, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family, Stay), each play charts the growth of [&hellip
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The Great Escape

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

Lucy Thurber’s Hill Town Plays mark a necessary theatrical destination Ever watch Terms of Endearment back-to-back with its soul-crushing follow-up, The Evening Star? One of the takeaways from the films (far more so than in their Larry McMurtry-penned sources) was how completely the sense of hope that despite tragedy and major parental flaws and obstacles, [&hellip
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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

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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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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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