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Doug Strassler’s Fearless Daytime Emmy Predictions

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

daytimeemmy Though they’ve been relegated to the “what channel is that again?” HLN station, the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in daytime drama, talk, service and children’s programming, are indeed still airing in prime time tomorrow night, June 23. Having a full-time job and an even fuller DVR makes it difficult to keep [&hellip
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Mac Rogers’ Sovereign Makes for a Fantastic Theatrical Finale

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Deborah Alexander The post-Tonys summer haze is the time when New York theater tends to take a breather, with fewer high-profile openings until the fall. Quantity, however, has no bearing on quality, and with less competition for theatergoers’ dollars and time, there’s less excuse than ever not to go see Sovereign, Gideon Productions’ hidden gem currently playing [&hellip
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Fernanda Coppel’s Chimichangas and Zoloft Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Ahron Foster To refer to something as being “sitcom level” often has a negative connotation, which shouldn’t always be the case; sitcoms are a valid, valued form of entertainment. It’s just that what they set out to do – introduce a situation, develop and then resolve it within 22 minutes – can only accommodate so much within [&hellip
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Cinematic Royalty: Film Becomes Autobiography in Mathieu Demy’s Debut Americano

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

americano1 Americano is a movie haunted by parents. In his feature debut, Mathieu Demy – son of directors Jacques Demy and Agnès Varda – directed, wrote, and stars in this film as Martin, a stunted Frenchman who must travel back to Los Angeles following the death of his estranged mother. Stuck at a crossroads in his [&hellip
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Audiences Riled Up Over Simon Gray’s “The Common Pursuit”

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

Forget Upright Citizens Brigade or People’s Improv Theater—the current hot spot for audience interaction seems to be the Roundabout Theater Company’s Laura Pels Theater. First, I had the great fortune to hear audience members around me constantly chatter throughout Stephen Karam’s great Sons of the Prophet. And just recently, audience members incongruously, embarrassingly began talking [&hellip
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Doug Strassler’s Fearless Tony Awards Predictions: Part 1

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film

The 66th Annual Tony Awards telecast, hosted again by Neil Patrick Harris, will take place this Sunday, recognizing a season of diverse virtuoso work of both original material and revivals on Broadway this past year. Below, I offer my predictions in the play categories:   Best Play: Nominees include Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, already a [&hellip
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