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Entries by David Finkle from 10/2011

First Nighter: Betty Buckley Goes for Men in a Big-Hearted Feinstein's at Loews Regency Way

| Posted 10.06.2011 | Entertainment

As one of Broadway's absolute best singing actors, Buckley is used to having previews to work out what she's doing before tough-minded commentators descend. Unfortunately, that's not the cabaret case.

First Nighter: Mike Daisey Takes a Big and Sour Bite Out of Steve Jobs's Apple

| Posted 10.19.2011 | Arts

During the nearly two-hour intermissionless talk, technology-worshiping Daisey does acknowledge that Jobs was "the only hero I ever had." But that was prior to a trip he made not that long ago to Shenzhen, China and the Foxconn manufacturing plant.

First Nighter: Woody Allen Sparks Relatively Speaking, While Elaine May, Ethan Coen Lack Luster

| Posted 10.21.2011 | Arts

Woody Allen's Honeymoon Motel isn't one of his top-drawer laffers and certainly comes nowhere near matching the genuine comic grandeur of Midnight in Paris.

Easy Reader: Kellow's Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark Throws Radiant Light on the Renowned Movie Critic

| Posted 10.28.2011 | Books

The only fan letter I ever wrote to a public figure -- other than to child star Bobby Driscoll when I was a child -- went to the then New Yorker movie critic Pauline Kael.