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Foaming at the Mouth for Film

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

A Q&A with Junction’s Tony Glazer and Summer Crockett Moore By Doug Strassler In Junction, the new film written and directed by Tony Glazer, a group of strangers converge to rob a house and help feed their meth addiction – only to find the tables very much turned on them in the first of what [&hellip
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The Price of Innocence

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

Roundabout’s Winslow Boy revival earns a positive verdict By Doug Strassler Those unfamiliar with The Winslow Boy, British playwright Terence Rattigan’s seminal offering about innocence and honorability, might be surprised to find out that while almost every line of dialogue somehow addresses young Ronnie Winslow (Spencer Davis Milford), he’s far from the central figure in [&hellip
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The Musical Merry-Go-Round of Life

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

Broken Circle Breakdown overstrains for dramatic effect We first meet Elise (Veerle Baetens) and her husband, Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) in a dramatic moment, tending to their sweet, sick daughter, Maybelle (Nell Cattrysse) in a hospital. Just six years old, Maybelle is battling cancer and Didier and Elise are enduring a trial no parent should know. [&hellip
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Off-Broadway Roundup

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

A look at the varied Off-Broadway offerings playing on stages around town By Doug Strassler Jericho Jack Canfora’s Jericho straddles two distinct styles of theatre. It belongs to that ever-growing sub-genre known as the “9/11 play,” consisting of works that deal, usually directly, with the events of that horrible day. It’s also a Thanksgiving play, [&hellip
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A Virtual Jack of All Trades

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

Veteran performer Jack Noseworthy reinvents himself in Two Point Oh In Jeffrey Jackson’s new play, Two Point Oh, billionaire software impresario Elliot Leeds (Jack Noseworthy) dies when his private jet crashes en route to an important G8 summit in Asia. Tragic as his passing is, life gets even more confusing for his grieving widow, Melanie [&hellip
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A Tale of Two Pattis

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

Robin de Jesus takes over local Patti Issues while creator Ben Rimalower takes it overseas By Doug Strassler Ben Rimalower earned raves – in addition to a Bistro and Mac Award – for his solo show Patti Issues, in which he detailed his relationship with his father and his devotion to the arts, particularly to [&hellip
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The Hill Town Women

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

An Interview with the Five Leads from The Hill Town Plays The Hill Town Plays marks the debut of Theatre: Village, produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, spotlighting the work of downtown mainstay Lucy Thurber. Comprised of five distinct plays (Scarcity, Ashville, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family, Stay), each play charts the growth of [&hellip
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The Road to Israel

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

Zaytoun strains for peace Let’s get it out of the way: Zaytoun certainly means well. Eran Riklis’s film, about the unlikely bond forged between a young Palestinian orphan and an Israeli pilot in wartorn Beirut circa 1982 is a promising premise that only bears the best of intentions about overcoming conflict. As a work of [&hellip
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The Great Escape

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

Lucy Thurber’s Hill Town Plays mark a necessary theatrical destination Ever watch Terms of Endearment back-to-back with its soul-crushing follow-up, The Evening Star? One of the takeaways from the films (far more so than in their Larry McMurtry-penned sources) was how completely the sense of hope that despite tragedy and major parental flaws and obstacles, [&hellip
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The Music Mensch

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

Soul Doctor could benefit from some, yes, surgery The key, I have found, to a successful jukebox musical – and by successful, I mean financially lucrative and long-running – is existing audience familiarity with the music. No one would pay Broadway-level prices for a concert if they weren’t already a fan of the artist and [&hellip
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