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Birders’-Eye View

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

birders Jeffrey Kimball’s Peek at an Overlooked New York Pastime What does the term “warbler” mean to you? No, it’s not a rival a cappella team from Glee – they’re birds! Warblers are an exotic species, one of the 117 chronicled by Jeffrey Kimball in his understated documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect. Birders, filmed over [&hellip
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A Light Meal

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

Photo by Joan Marcus ‘Picnic’ is  pretty as a picture, but often only skin deep Mare Winningham often plays the overlooked character – the girl left behind, the weary but steadfast wife, the beleaguered mother. Though known for her film work (the least Brat Pack-y cast member of St. Elmo’s Fire, 2 Emmys for her television work), her stage career [&hellip
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Brain Matter

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

Photo by Joan Marcus In Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place offers the performance of the season We’ve all met people like Juliana Smithton, the prickly pharmaceutical researcher played with astonishing nuance by the inimitable Laurie Metcalf in Sharr White’s The Other Place. Accomplished, curt, sensible, Juliana is all business and no empathy, the kind of woman we have either [&hellip
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5 Oscar Snubs…and One Pleasant Mini-Surprise

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

thesessions The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were unveiled earlier this morning, and largely went as foreseen. Whether you agree with me or not about thoughts like Silver Linings Playbook was too chaotic to be clever about family strife and mental illness, that Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild were major, if esoteric, emotional triumphs, [&hellip
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Desiree Burch and Dan Kitrosser: a Q&A with the Writer and Star of Tar Baby

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

tarbaby1 Comedian Desiree Burch, best-known for her solo show 52 Man Pick-Up, returns with another one-woman show called Tar Baby. Instead of just reflecting on her own past, Burch looks at our country’s history, with comic emphasis on how race and capitalism collide. The show, which opens on January 8 at the DR2 Theatre following a [&hellip
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5 TV Shows to Make Room for in Your DVR

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

justified1 It used to be that there was just one television season, and it ran nearly concurrent with the school year, from September through May. Now, marketing strategists have split the year up into multiple seasons. Behold, some of the best and brightest of shows to be found this spring, including 2 returns and 3 shows [&hellip
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Doug’s Top 12 Theatre Picks for 2012, Pt 2

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

thewhale Below, find the top 6 theatrical contributions of the first half of the 2012-2013 season! Read Part 1 here. 6. Golden Boy Bartlett Sher’s impassioned revival proved Clifford Odets morality play to be completely accessible. In a sterling ensemble, Seth Numrich stood out with a breakout performance as the boxer caught between two professions and [&hellip
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