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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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The Long Picture Show

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

‘The Flick’ could benefit from some editing In The Aliens, the last original play of Annie Baker’s to run in New York, the playwright employed what I refer to as the “gotcha moment.” At one point, a character breaks from the measured, elliptical style with which he, like all the others, have been speaking, slowly [&hellip
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A Hairy Situation

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

Photo by Hunter Canning Nick Jones’ Clever ‘Trevor’ Brings to Life an Actor’s Nightmare I’m not sure who has it worse in Trevor, the latest Lesser America comedy to nestle into downtown’s Theater for the New City: is it Morgan Fairchild, that B-list sex kitten of yesteryear, or Trevor, the animalistic former child star whose quest to be rediscovered [&hellip
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Cold Case

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

Silence Misery finds plenty of company in ‘The Silence’ The trouble with tragedy is that it is harder than one might think for it to elicit emotion from a third party. Sometimes, an audience remains at a distance despite the harrowing event befalling the characters in front of their eyes. And so it goes with The [&hellip
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February Off-Broadway Roundup

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

collision-russrowland As the temperatures continue to dip below freezing and Broadway holds off on its heavy-hitters for spring, Off-Broadway theaters continue to mount interesting work. I review a few of them below. Bodega Bay Elisabeth Karlin’s play is an oddly comic hybrid of Flirting with Disaster and Winter’s Bone. Louise (Susan Louise O’Connor), is essentially an [&hellip
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Graceland: Martin Moran in ‘All the Rage’

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

all the rage 1 Martin Moran continues searching for himself in his one-man show ‘All the Rage’ Of all the many hard-hitting statements made by Martin Moran in All the Rage, the life-affirming one-man show authored by and starring the performer and which opened last night at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, one statement stood out among his descriptions [&hellip
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In Which They Serve

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

Photo by Tristan Fuge ‘The Steadfast’ looks at those who gave all For all the talk of war – which conflicts in which the United States should be engaged, what rules apply to which groups of people who can and cannot serve – it is often easy for those of us sitting at a remove from the battlefield to [&hellip
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This House Is Not a Home

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

Photo by Carol Rosegg ‘Bethany’ shows how bad things happen to good people Scarlett Johansson’s star turn in the recently-opened Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been garnering plenty of attention, but another small-statured star playing a desperate woman can be found Off-Broadway. That would be Emmy-winner America Ferrera (late of Ugly Betty), playing a struggling single woman [&hellip
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Heart Condition

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

Credit Guy Raz ‘Yossi’ sequel catches up with an international sad sack At 34 years of age, Yossi may have a promising career going as a Tel Aviv cardiologist, but when it comes to matters of the heart for himself, the man is in stasis, a lonely heart who can be seen in Eytan Fox’s Yossi downloading porn [&hellip
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De-Clawed: Rob Ashford’s Starry ‘Cat’ Ain’t So Hot

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

Photo by Joan Marcus The star-studded revival of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ can’t hold the heat Fans of women-in-prison flicks should take note: Rob Ashford’s latest Broadway revival of the seminal Tennessee Williams work Cat on a Hot Tin Roof conjures up a woman who’s all boxed in. The inmate in question is the inimitable [&hellip
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