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West Bank Story: Lorraine Lévy’s The Other Son

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film, NY Press Exclusive

otherson-cohenmediagroup Right on time for Halloween arrives Lorraine Lévy’s The Other Son, involving that most nightmarish conceit of all time: children switched at birth and raised by the “wrong” parents.Though the film takes place in the Middle East, its strength lies in the emotional undercurrent of a story that could happen anywhere. Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk), [&hellip
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French Kiss-Off: “Farewell, My Queen” Treats Its History as a Mystery

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Virginie Leyoden and Diane Kruger in "Farewell, My Queen." Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Who wouldn’t enjoy a three-day tour of Versailles? Perhaps it depends on those three days. For Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux), devoted reader to Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger), this 72-hour period, beginning on July 14, 1789, marks the end of something both grand and great. Yet the movie that focuses on her, Farewell, My Queen, emphasizes [&hellip
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Interview with Benoît Jacquot, Director of Marie Antoinette Film “Farewell, My Queen”

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film

Diane Kruger in Farewell, My Queen. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Farewell, My Queen has been one of the more buzzed-about films of 2012. Based on Chantal Harris’ novel , the story is an inside-out look at the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of Louis XVI’s (Xavier Beauvois) reign as seen through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (Diane Kruger) young, devoted reader Sidonie [&hellip
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Doug Strassler’s Fearless Daytime Emmy Predictions

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

daytimeemmy Though they’ve been relegated to the “what channel is that again?” HLN station, the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in daytime drama, talk, service and children’s programming, are indeed still airing in prime time tomorrow night, June 23. Having a full-time job and an even fuller DVR makes it difficult to keep [&hellip
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Audiences Riled Up Over Simon Gray’s “The Common Pursuit”

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

Forget Upright Citizens Brigade or People’s Improv Theater—the current hot spot for audience interaction seems to be the Roundabout Theater Company’s Laura Pels Theater. First, I had the great fortune to hear audience members around me constantly chatter throughout Stephen Karam’s great Sons of the Prophet. And just recently, audience members incongruously, embarrassingly began talking [&hellip
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Fun For More than Just Children

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

Kevin Del Aguila and Christian Borle in "Peter and the Starcatcher". Photo by Joan Marcus Peter and the Starcatcher is far more fun than this knowingly clever mash-up of children’s theater and English pratfall should have been. Carefully adapted from the Dave Barry- and Ridley Pearson-penned children’s novel, Peter and the Starcatchers, by Rick Elice and directed with aplomb by the team of Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter may [&hellip
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Remembering Donna Summer: A lady who was more than just a disco diva

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

The world of popular music has incurred quite a few tragic early losses recently – Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston, Adam Yauch come instantly to mind. And each of them, rightly, have been lionized for their achievements in breaking new ground and crossing the audience color barrier with their music. Another recent loss took place just [&hellip
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