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New “Annie” Avoids Red Scare

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

Photo credit Joan Marcus James Lapine’s revival has legs – and not one but two noteworthy Broadway debuts It was 36 seasons ago that a little show about a little orphan named Annie, adapted by the team of Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse from Harold Gray’s long-running comic, took Broadway by storm and became an instant classic. [&hellip
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A Whale of a Tale: Samuel D. Hunter’s Play Offers Plenty of Food for Thought

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

thewhale-joanmarcus What is it with writers and whales? Ever since Herman Melville’s magnum opus, Moby-Dick, was published 160 years ago, cetaceans have provided an interesting allegory for man’s quest to defeat others and understand himself in literary forms. Just last year, Melvillean influence permeated Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, arguably the best novel of the year. [&hellip
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A Woman’s Worth: Jessica Chastain Gives This Heiress Her Due

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

The Heiress Never before has the musical clippity-clop of horse hooves sounded as petulant or mocking as they do in Moisés Kaufman’s newly opened production of The Heiress, the second Broadway revival of Augustus and Ruth Goetz’s play. When Catherine Sloper (Jessica Chastain) hears those hoof beats galloping right on by the opulent townhouse in which she [&hellip
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West Bank Story: Lorraine Lévy’s The Other Son

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

otherson-cohenmediagroup Right on time for Halloween arrives Lorraine Lévy’s The Other Son, involving that most nightmarish conceit of all time: children switched at birth and raised by the “wrong” parents.Though the film takes place in the Middle East, its strength lies in the emotional undercurrent of a story that could happen anywhere. Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk), [&hellip
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Halloween Happenings: Theater That Will Haunt You

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

halloweentheatre1 As Halloween approaches, check out some thrilling theatrical options around the city:   Warehouse of Horrors: Gowanus ’73:  This interactive haunted warehouse experience, from UglyRhino Productions, explores purportedly true events from Brooklyn in the 1970s. This dynamic production envelops audience members into the scary stories of murders taking place at an underground rave party (with [&hellip
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Lorraine Lévy: An Interview with the director of “The Other Son”

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo courtesy Cohen Media Group By Doug Strassler   The Other Son, an Israeli film co-written (with Noam Fitoussi and Nathalie Saugeon) and directed by Lorraine Lévy, is a moving drama that hits on plenty of international hot-button issues.  Joseph (Jules Sitruk) is an 18-year-old musician preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service who lives at home [&hellip
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The Women of “Josh Cohen”: An Interview with Hannah Elless and Kate Wetherhead

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Peter James Zielinski The title character of The Other Josh Cohen, the Steve Rosen-David Rossmer musical comedy running at SoHo Playhouse, is a clumsy romantic male who tries to rewind time to see the road not taken. But there are plenty of other characters in Josh Cohen as well, including a slew played by two women: Hannah Elless [&hellip
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