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Le Petit Chill: Guillaume Canet’s Ensemble Dramedy Doesn’t Reveal Many Truths

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo courtesy of MPI Pictures Though the country plays host to some of the most gorgeous locales, an infinite amount of history, and an abundance of talented, beautiful performers, most modern French movies feature homegrown actors not well-known outside the province. Recently, however, a couple local kids have made good, as can be seen with Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin’s [&hellip
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Staunton Offers Plenty to Feast on in Latest “Sweeney Todd”

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Jonathan Hordle Sweeney Todd, that dark, cunning musical adapted by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, is the kind of work that should play, somewhere, every year around Halloween, not unlike The Sound of Music’s emergence as an Easter television perennial. The show, with its twisted and twisting themes of blood lust, love, vengeance and survival, happens to [&hellip
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Private Theatre Gets Ready to Play with Fire

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

PWF Photo After 2010’s site-specific production of Hedda Gabler, The Private Theatre has returned with another update of a classic. The group will adapt August Strindberg’s Playing with Fire in a multimedia production co-conceived by Shane Bly Killoran and adapted by Royston Coppenger. John Gould Rubin will direct the production, which opens August 17 at 189 Chrystie [&hellip
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Interview with “Getting the Business” Star Susan Louise O’Connor

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Jon Kandel Just last fall, New York Press named Susan Louise O’Connor one of the city’s best kept theater secrets. Slowly but surely, that secret’s getting out: O’Connor is currently playing the role of a secretary with secrets of her own in the new Victor L. Cahn play. (Cahn also co-stars in the two-hander, currently playing at [&hellip
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Doug Strassler’s Guide to the Fringe Festival

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Mo Rocca, Rachel Dratch, Sean Dugan by Thom Kaine While many plan vacations in mid-August, New York theater lovers know to stay put for the annual New York International Fringe Festival, a two week-long compilation of live shows spanning a diverse array of subjects, genres, and formats. Check out these official New York Press picks:   All My Children:  Nope, Susan Lucci isn’t looking [&hellip
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Alter Ego: Vikram Gandhi’s Documentary “Kumaré” Shows More than it Tells

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

kumare Religion has fostered one of the great ongoing dialogues over the course of time in world history. Any subset alone is rife potential for a great, perhaps controversial, discussion. Documentarian Vikram Gandhi bites off this giving tree in his new documentary, Kumaré, more a piece of personal propaganda than it is an inquest into just [&hellip
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Politics and Love Without the Drama

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

David Rasche. Photo by Carol Rosegg Backroom politics can make for truly awesome drama, but Kenneth Lin’s Warrior Class drains the juice out of what could have been a far more enticing show. Warrior is the second show to play this summer at the Second Stage Uptown venue, designated for up-and-coming works by emerging playwrights. One doesn’t expect perfection from these [&hellip
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