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Entries by David Finkle from 09/2012

First Nighter: Feinstein, Maye Swing the Night Away Brilliantly

| Posted 09.06.2012 | New York

If hot music means more to you than heated politics, the place to be this past Tuesday wasn't Charlotte, North Carolina but New York City where Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye were -- as the title of their tandem show has it -- "Swingin' the Night Away."

First Nighter: Lisa d'Amour's Motor City Tragi-Comedy Detroit Needs Bodywork

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts

D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)

First Nighter: Adam Rapp's 'Through the Yellow Hour' Strikes Home

| Posted 09.28.2012 | Arts

Rapp is one of our most compulsive dramatists, an author forever running the risk of writing too much. He's also a rare playwright in that he can effectively direct his own work. Ellen as a post-modern Joan of Arc is where he achieves undeniable success.