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Entries by David Finkle from 03/2012

First Nighter: Musical Carrie Flickers But Doesn't Flame

| Posted 03.02.2012 | Entertainment

Movie-goers haunted by the horror flick's final image will likely be waiting for it and dismayed when they don't get it. As they leave the theater, they'll realized they've had to settle for a not terrible but no more than mediocre version of Stephen King's prom-night nightmare inducer.

First Nighter: An Iliad Is Homer as He Was Meant to Be Heard and Seen

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Arts

What a high-wattage light-bulb idea it was for Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare to adapt Homer's epic poem The Iliad for the stage.

First Nighter: Is Cabaret Today Yay or Nay?

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Huffington Post

If cabaret is to survive in other Manhattan destinations as well as in other cities where the number of rooms is shrinking -- new audiences schooled in cabaret's positives need to brighten the right doorsteps.

First Nighter: Declan Donnellan Takes No Pity on John Ford's "'Tis Pity She's a Whore"

| Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts

'Tis Pity She's a Whore -- John Ford's 1633 tragedy about a brother and sister who fall in love and voraciously act on it -- isn't often seen and hasn't been presented all that frequently since it first played a London theater.

First Nighter: Encores! Series' Pipe Dream Almost a Dream Come True

| Posted 03.29.2012 | Entertainment

Of course, when songs so ebullient and/or passionate are this good, who's going to complain? Although a number of the Encores! dust-offs have moved to Broadway, this one certainly won't. Never mind, since it has enough going for it right where it is.