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Entries by David Finkle from 01/2011

First Nighter: Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities" is Red-Hot

| Posted 01.14.2011 | Entertainment

In the living-room of the luxurious Palm Springs home where Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities takes place, a long, curved stone wall looms upst...

First Nighter: Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman Unleashes Acting Blizzard

| Posted 01.17.2011 | Arts

John Gabriel Borkman is one of the rarely revived Ibsen works, which may be a reason to see it now. On the other hand, this treatment won't serve as a strong argument for its being brought back more often.

First Nighter: Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Met's Ravishing Simon Boccanegra

| Posted 01.24.2011 | Arts

During the first night of this season's Metropolitan Opera revival of the 1995 Giancarlo del Monaco production, the cast followed some straight-forward advice with prodigious rewards.

First Nighter: Steve Ross's Brilliant Oak Room Take on Romance and Rhythm Then and Now

| Posted 01.28.2011 | Entertainment

Steve Ross -- currently the undisputed monarch of Manhattan cabaret -- is currently performing his own "Rhythm & Romance" in New York City through February 12.