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Nurse Jackie’s New Season Brings the Pain – In a Good Way

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

The last two seasons of Nurse Jackie increasingly strained credibility as its put-upon title character, Jackie Peyton, tried to balance problems with her husband, daughters and job all while desperately trying to cover up a controlling pill addiction and affair with the pharmacist who supplied her. It was a high wire act that show creators [&hellip
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Out of this World

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Mac Rogers’ Honeycomb trilogy continues with Blast Radius By Doug Strassler Blast Radius is the second installment in a trilogy devised by Mac Rogers that defies typical categorization. It’s firmly steeped in the tenets of science fiction, but sidesteps the need for flashy special effects. There are familial and romantic relationships at play, but they [&hellip
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Extra! Extra! And Here’s Some More Extra For Ya!

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town Downtown

Newsies dances as fast as it can By Doug Strassler Newsies: The Musical, the new family-friendly Disney musical that just opened at the Nederlander Theater, pounds out its almost-catchy tunes from the marquee for all passersby to hear, only to bellow even louder for those privileged enough to get this hot ticket and see the [&hellip
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Judging Judy

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Tracie Bennett soars over the rainbow as Judy Garland By Doug Strassler Judy Garland is more than an icon. As one of the original movie stars of the Hollywood studio system, the triple threat bounced between family musicals and adult dramas with a precision and a talent that remains largely unmatched. Like Charlie Chaplin and [&hellip
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They Do Know How to Love Them

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

A new Jesus Christ Superstar revival lathers on the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber love By Doug Strassler Jesus Christ Superstar the show holds a godlike stature almost as ranking almost as high as the deity it portrays. Its status as an early ancestor of the rock opera – ancestors include The Who’s Tommy, Rent and [&hellip
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Theater Review: Song Sung Green

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

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti deliver one of the Broadway season’s great harmonies   By Doug Strassler “A girl walks into bar” sounds more the jumping off point for a dirty joke than a sensitive but Broadway musical, yet that’s exactly how we meet Girl (Cristin Milioti), the generically-named but smartly-played female lead of Once. [&hellip
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Death Be Not Loud

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

dubuque2 A new revival of Albee’s forgotten The Lady from Dubuque sheds light on the darkest of topics In his signature work, Edward Albee asked “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” In The Lady from Dubuque, which Signature is reviving following an abortive 1980 New York run, the playwright opens his show with the question “Who am [&hellip
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Audrey Tautou Shines in Delicacy

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, NY Press Exclusive

Delicacy, the title of the new French film David Foenkinos adapted from his own best-seller, could easily refer to the dance that the movie does between heartbreak and humor. Audrey Tautou (Amelie) is Nathalie, a young woman who we see meet and marry her husband in a dream-like state. Embarking on a new career and [&hellip
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