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French Kiss-Off: “Farewell, My Queen” Treats Its History as a Mystery

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Virginie Leyoden and Diane Kruger in "Farewell, My Queen." Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Who wouldn’t enjoy a three-day tour of Versailles? Perhaps it depends on those three days. For Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux), devoted reader to Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger), this 72-hour period, beginning on July 14, 1789, marks the end of something both grand and great. Yet the movie that focuses on her, Farewell, My Queen, emphasizes [&hellip
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Interview with Benoît Jacquot, Director of Marie Antoinette Film “Farewell, My Queen”

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film

Diane Kruger in Farewell, My Queen. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Farewell, My Queen has been one of the more buzzed-about films of 2012. Based on Chantal Harris’ novel , the story is an inside-out look at the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of Louis XVI’s (Xavier Beauvois) reign as seen through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (Diane Kruger) young, devoted reader Sidonie [&hellip
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The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons Shines in Dusty Broadway Revival

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Joan Marcus One of the more improbably entertainment victories scored in the last half-decade has been the emergence of Jim Parsons as a star thanks to The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre’s middle-brow CBS sitcom ode to geekdom. Parsons, an incredibly gifted actor of lanky stature and a protracted drawl, plays Sheldon Cooper, a misanthropic science genius [&hellip
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Deconstructing ‘Three’s Company’ for the 21st Century

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

The three roommates in David Adjmi’s 3C, currently running at the West Village’s Rattlestick Theatre—Connie (Anna Chlumsky), the blonde bimbo; Linda (Hanna Cabell), the put-upon, responsible one; and Brad (Jake Silberman), the aimless Vietnam Vet—play the age-old party game “Faces” several times throughout the show. Yet a more appropriate title for this experimentally subversive noncomedic [&hellip
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Daniel Sullivan Helms a Winning “As You Like It”

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Joan Marcus. Here’s a mini-history lesson to go along with Daniel Sullivan’s marvelous new staging of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a perfect fit for the Public’s annual Shakespeare in the Park presentation (now celebrating its 50th anniversary): it comes on the heels of several underwhelming neutered versions of the Bard’s work. Last year’s All’s Well That [&hellip
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A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like

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Cirque du Soleil, the entertainment behemoth created by Guy Laliberté, is a binary creature—you either like its fusion of ballet and death-defying acrobatics or you don’t. Zarkana, which has returned for a second, slightly trimmed-down stint at Radio City Music Hall, pushes the show’s dark edges even further. But Cirque haters beware: You’d be missing [&hellip
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Nora Ephron: In Memoriam

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ephron “Tell me I’ll never have to be out there again.”   It’s that line, delivered by Marie (Carrie Fisher) to Jess (Bruno Kirby), after learning that their mutual best friends Harry and Sally (yes, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) have switched up their friendship from platonic to “it’s complicated,” that makes Nora Ephron’s screenplay for [&hellip
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