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Entries by David Finkle from 04/2011

First Nighter: Upstairs Downstairs Makes Sparkling PBS Return

| Posted 04.07.2011 | Entertainment

Those Upstairs Downstairs purveyors have woven their now chilling, now heart-warming, now belly-laughs-inducing intrigues into a tapestry worthy of hanging next to the first series.

First Nighter: Stephen Adly Guirgis's Play, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Earns Its Broadway Asterisks

| Posted 04.12.2011 | Arts

Language has failed -- that's Guirgis's story and he's gallantly sticking to it. This modern rom-com is to be greatly admired, enjoyed and seriously pondered after the final fade-out.

Channel Surfer: Why Cowell-Less American Idol Is New, Improved, Better Than Ever

| Posted 04.19.2011 | Entertainment

The reality talent show -- which under Simon Cowell searched relentlessly for the next big pop star, according to the man's definition -- is no longer blindered to other musical genres.

Easy Reader: Simon Callow's My Life in Pieces Just the Superb Ticket for Theater Lovers

| Posted 04.22.2011 | Books

Well before British actor Simon Callow decided to become an actor, he determined he wanted to be a writer. Now he's combined both talents to write a truly outstanding book about the theater.