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Annie Baker’s Smart Uncle Vanya Adaptation Is Too Close for Comfort

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Julieta Cervantes Amid a flurry of recent revivals of Uncle Vanya, Soho Rep’s adaptation stands ahead of the pack, and its adaptor, Annie Baker, deserves almost as much credit as does its creator, Anton Chekhov. Baker’s original works, including Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens, have peeked at the little things in life under a [&hellip
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In Praise of Rosemarie DeWitt

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Rosemarie DeWitt. Photo by Pullcciano, courtesy of Flickr Commons Anyone who’s seen the ad for the new summer sci-fi comedy The Watch, in which a bunch of nerdy male ne’er-do-wells team up to battle alien invaders, know that it’s largely a sausage fest. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade round out the primary cast. But anyone who’s seen the preview knows [&hellip
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Playwright Greg Pierce Makes a Name for Himself with Slowgirl

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Erin Baiano. Slowgirl marks not only the latest addition to talented young playwright Greg Pierce’s oeuvre but also an architectural annex, as this show debuts in Lincoln Center’s new Clara Tow Theater, which sits atop the Vivian Beaumont. Both are attractive and built on a firm foundation, making for an oddly ideal pair. The same can be [&hellip
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A Revival Revived, ‘Porgy’ & McDonald Now Have Their Legs

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

“When I’m wrong, I say so.” That’s a direct quote from Dr. Jake Houseman (the late Jerry Orbach) in Dirty Dancing, a 25-year-old movie musical that would appear to have very little in common with The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the Tony-winning revival now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater. For starters, Ronald K. Brown’s [&hellip
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