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Inner Visions: Eric Lartigau’s smart “The Big Picture” takes a second look

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by: Nicolas Guiraud There’s a knowing duality to the title of Eric Lartigau’s (I Do, The Players) new film, The Big Picture, that only comes into focus once you’ve seen his twisty new film, adapted from Douglas Kennedy’s 1997 American-set novel. Without bombast, Picture swerves in ways both substantive and stylistic, but because these shifts yields surprises, I [&hellip
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Event Spotlights George Gershwin: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Anne-Marie McDermott Go “Crazy”

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Photo by J. Henry Fair On Tuesday night, October 16, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will present a one-night-only tribute to the music of George Gershwin. Entitled “Crazy for…Gershwin!,” this show will fuse the composer’s show tunes and concert compositions at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre. It is the first of the venue’s Trio of Tributes this season, with [&hellip
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The New York Neo-Futurists Ruminate “On the Future”

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L-R: Adam Smith, Meg Bashwiner, Daniel McCoy, and Christopher Loar in the New York Neo-Futurists production of On The Future. Photo by Anton Nickel. The New York Neo-Futurists, the beloved downtown performance collective perhaps best known for their long-running hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, are currently peering into the future. Literally – their current show, On the Future, presents a sextet of diverse scenes that all somehow tackle the subject of the future. New York [&hellip
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Pros and Cons of Seth MacFarlane As Oscar Host

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Seth_MacFarlane_by_Gage_Skidmore_2 Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of this winter’s 85th annual Academy Awards telecast, bucked tradition with their announcement of writer-director-cynic Seth MacFarlane as this year’s host. Instead of beloved industry vets like Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin, or even fresher film celebrities like James Franco, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, ABC is [&hellip
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Doug Strassler’s Pros and Cons of Seth MacFarlane as Oscar Host

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

seth-macfarlane Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of this winter’s 85th Annual Academy Awards telecast, bucked tradition with yesterday’s announcement of writer-director-cynic Seth MacFarlane as this year’s host. Instead of beloved industry vets like Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin, or even fresher film celebrities like James Franco, Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman, ABC is [&hellip
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Nick Payne’s “Found” Is On Its Way

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Photo by Joan Marcus At one point in Michael Longhurst’s Roundabout production of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, the promising new play by up-and-coming British writer Nick Payne, a character’s cell phone ringtone goes off, playing Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” It’s a fitting theme for this sensitive play, whose four family members all attempt to ward off an [&hellip
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A Cry in the Stark: “Red Dog Howls” Forces Its Cast to Work Very Hard

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Photo by Joan Marcus Playwright Alexander Dinelaris apparently spent years working on Red Dog Howls, the new drama currently running at New York Theater Workshop. And his opus, which addresses the savage genocide committed in 1915 by Ottoman Turks on the Armenian population, aims for tragic heights. But the show is mostly sad because it falls short of its [&hellip
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Doug’s Fearless Emmy Predictions, Part 2

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emmys2b On Wednesday I made some fearless predictions regarding the dramatic nominees for Sunday’s Emmy telecast. The corresponding Comedy categories represent a bit more of a hollow batch, with some surprising inclusions and a few infuriating exclusions. Will the right performers and shows prevail? Read on:   Best Comedy Series: Nominees include 30 Rock, Curb Your [&hellip
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