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Entries by David Finkle from 10/2010

First Nighter: Yes, Prime Minister Prime Stage Comedy Meat

| Posted 10.04.2010 | Arts

What particularly distinguishes Yes, Prime Minister is that it's topical humor served hot from a theater oven. That's a dish not often available these days.

Easy Reader: Philip Roth's Nemesis an Instant Classic

| Posted 10.05.2010 | Books

Roth tells a story about the summer of 1944 when a virulent polio epidemic struck his city. The hero is devastatingly thwarted when the boys he's coaching baseball begin dropping.

First Nighter: A Puss in Boots for Children of All Ages

| Posted 10.12.2010 | Arts

Everything about Puss in Boots registers as so utterly charming that any adults viewing it without a child next to them will want desperately to bring one to the very next showing.

Easy Reader: Howard Jacobson's Novel Takes the Prize

| Posted 10.15.2010 | Books

Curiously and hilariously, the protagonist, Julian Treslove is not Jewish. Julian only wishes he were Jewish and for most of the narrative's duration set outs to do everything in his power to embrace Judaism.

Saturday Shoppers View Ralph Lauren's New Madison Avenue Mansion

| Posted 10.19.2010 | Style

Ralph Lauren just built the first mansion on the Upper East Side since 1918 and reached the zenith he's aimed for since the '60s when he started hawking wide ties.

First Nighter: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Is Bloody Awful

| Posted 10.21.2010 | Arts

To call Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson "sophomoric" is to flatter it. "Freshmanic" might be closer to describing its juvenile quality. Or maybe just plain "manic."

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

| Posted 10.29.2010 | Arts

Angels in America remains superlative theater-going and a spectacular achievement.