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Hello, Irene! Hurricane Survival Tips

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Between the earthquake and Hurricane Irene, we’ve had it with people obsessively discussing the weather. Guess what? Hurricanes hardly happen up here, and for those of us who grew up in hurricane country, the ones we do get seem like really bad thunderstorms. For those of you who are insistently mangling the lyrics to “Come [&hellip
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TV Review: The Lying Game

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Consider The Lying Game, ABC Family’s latest teen drama, to be the sycophantic sidekick to that channel’s Pretty Little Liars. Lying tries to do everything that Liars does so easily, but, like the handmaiden to the queen bee, the strain is pretty obvious. There’s nothing particularly fresh or appealing about this weird drama, about long-lost twin sisters (Alexandra Chando plays both) [&hellip
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Show Must Go On – Even With a Critic

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

That moment that (almost) every theatergoer dreads finally happened to me at a Saturday matinee of Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, the second production from the tyro theater company New Haarlem Arts Theatre: I was pulled up on stage by a performer. Friends and my more dedicated readers (assuming those two categories are not the same) will [&hellip
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Book Review: Incognito

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

The milieu of early-20th-century New York City is the purview of Edith Wharton, and any author who dares to set their novels in the same time period will suffer in the comparison. To his credit, Gregory Murphy isn’t as interested in the manners and moirés of the time as Wharton was. By necessity, he isn’t [&hellip
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Book Review: Incognito

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, NY Press Exclusive

incogni The milieu of early-20th-century New York City remains almost exclusively the purview of Edith Wharton, and any author who dares to set their novels in the same time period will suffer in the comparison. To his credit, Gregory Murphy isn’t as interested in the manners and moirés of the time as Wharton was. By necessity, [&hellip
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And Baby Makes Comedy

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Theater

Thinking about having a baby can ruin your relationship. Actually having a baby? Well, that can ruin your relationship too, at least according to Daniel Goldfarb’s Cradle and All, a two-act comedy in which Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller play neighboring couples Claire and Luke (childless) and Annie and Nate, who have an 11-month-old insomniac [&hellip
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Book Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, NY Press Exclusive

rob-lowe-book Like his character on The West Wing, White House speechwriter Sam Seaborn, Rob Lowe stays admirably on message in his new memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. He’s at pains to paint himself as a grounded, levelheaded man who has (mostly) successfully navigated the rapids of early fame and success, debilitating personal crises and [&hellip
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Book Review: Sisters of Fortune: America’s Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, NY Press Exclusive

sisters Imagine if, instead of finding defeat at the hands of the crafty, debauched Europeans, Henry James’ heroines triumphed, and found love, money and social position across the Atlantic? The result would be something like the real lives of Maryland’s Caton sisters—Marianne, Louisa, Bess and Emily, vividly recreated by biographer Jehanne Wake in Sisters of Fortune
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Film Noir Gets Festival Treatment from the New School

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Film

For its first arts festival, running April 1 through 8, The New School turned to what is perhaps the most influential film genre of all time: noir. “The Arts Festival reflects the range of artistic and intellectual activity at The New School,” says New School President David E. Van Zandt. “What better theme to launch this [&hellip
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