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For Ziad Doueiri, the Political is Also Personal

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

Director Ziad Doueir, photo courtesy Cohen Media Group Writer-director discusses The Attack By Doug Strassler Successful doctor Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman)’s life as he knows it ends almost as suddenly as that of his wife’s, a victim of a suicide bombing who emerges as its perpetrator in The Attack, directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Douieri, who also adapted the film from Yasmina Khadra’s [&hellip
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ANTFest is Far From a Pest

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

Photo by Ben Arons A Q&A with Ars Nova’s Jeremy Blocker By Doug Strassler Now in its sixth year, ANT Fest, Ars Nova’s summer festival celebrating “All New talent,” ups the ante in terms of diversity and programming. Ars Nova managing director Jeremy Blocker spoke with NYP about the festival. NYP: How was the idea for ANT Fest first [&hellip
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Rainbow High

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

Photo credit: Christian Coulson Justin Sayre’s lively concert honors Judy Garland and benefits The Ali Forney Center On Monday night, some of New York’s best and brightest stars stepped out to honor one of their greatest heroes – Judy Garland. The third annual “Night of a Thousand Judys,” taking place at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Upper West [&hellip
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Try to Remember: The Memory Show

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

By Doug Strassler “Location, location, location” – that’s an adage long associated with New York, but it’s particularly familiar mandate for The Transport Group, who’ve mounted shows in such site-specific locales as a gym (Lysistrata Jones) and a loft (Hello Again). They have chosen to launch their newest work, the Joe Calarco-directed chamber musical The [&hellip
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Augustine

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

Photo courtesy Music Box Films Alice Winocour’s debut marks a very suitable case for treatment By Doug Strassler We first meet Augustine - a kitchen servant, the title character of director-writer Alice Winocour’s impressive debut feature – in the middle of a major fit while working a very highbrow dinner. It’s a convulsion so severe I expected her character to die. [&hellip
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Sans Merci

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

SansMerci-TitusWinters Silence proves a powerful device in Johnna Adams’ new play By Doug Strassler Of all the scenes that will emblazon themselves upon the heart, as many in Sans Merci, the deeply affecting new Johnna Adams play that just opened at the Fourth Street Theater, will, the one that lingers the most is a silent one. [&hellip
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For Better or Worse

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

Photo by Ayumi Sakamoto A Q & A with Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughn of A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia) By Doug Strassler Real-life married couple Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughn conceived of A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia), an integrated work of performance art about the trials and tribulations of marriage. The show utilizes the entirety of HERE Arts Center – including [&hellip
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Getting Owned

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

OWNEDPOSTERWEBSITE A Q&A with the company of the new Knife Edge show Actors Don DiPaolo and Neil Holland and director Sam Helfrich, of theater company Knife Edge Productions, reunite after 2011’s successful run of the Stephen Belber show Tape with the new production of Owned. Penned by another major playwright, Drama Desk nominee Julian Sheppard, Owned [&hellip
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Every Day They Write the Book: Francois Ozon’s In the House

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

Photo courtesy Cohen Media Group The French film is part social commentary, part unabashed soap opera It’s always nice to see a work of art that values the art of creation – particularly the act of observant writing. Such is the case with In the House, the latest satire-cum-thriller from French auteur François Ozon. Adapting Juan Mayorga’s play, House is [&hellip
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Rattlestick Branching Out: A New York Theatre Company Goes National

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

Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging Daniel Talbott’s ‘Slipping’ is the first LA production for the NYC company The Off-Broadway theatre community isn’t a geographical location as much as a mental one, a notion that Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has embraced wholeheartedly as it expands its base all the way from New York’s West Village to Hollywood. Slipping, the well-received play written [&hellip
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