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Entries by Michael Giltz from 11/2011

Books: The Return of Sherlock Holmes!

| Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment

If you're like me, you're helpless in the face of any decent Holmes adventures. If so, The House Of Silk will satisfy. But if you prefer any new Holmes tale to surprise and delight in unexpected ways then you'd best stick with the canon.

Theater: "Milk Like Sugar" Is Sweet; "Love's Labor's Lost" Is Playful," "Memory" Best Forgotten

| Posted 11.02.2011 | Entertainment

MILK LIKE SUGAR *** out of **** LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST ** 1/2 THE ATMOSPHERE OF MEMORY 1/2 * MILK LIKE SUGAR *** out of **** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON Milk L...

Theater: "Other Desert Cities" Found On Broadway; "69 S" Lost at BAM; "Chinglish" Doesn't Translate

| Posted 11.04.2011 | Entertainment

OTHER DESERT CITIES ** 1/2 out of **** 69 DEGREES SOUTH * 1/2 CHINGLISH * 1/2 OTHER DESERT CITIES ** 1/2 out of **** BOOTH THEATRE One of the most a...

Theater: Mary Testa Is The "Queen Of The Mist"

| Posted 11.07.2011 | Entertainment

QUEEN OF THE MIST ** 1/2 out of **** TRANSPORT GROUP/THE GYM AT JUDSON The new theater space The Gym at Judson launched Lysistrata Jones straight fro...

Theater: "Godspell" Resurrected

| Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment

GODSPELL ** 1/2 out of **** CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE How to put this? Jesus is politely, wholesomely but unquestionably sexy in the thoroughly rethought ...

Theater: "Hand To God" Has Devilish Fun With Puppets

| Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment

HAND TO GOD *** ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE Religion plays a very different role in Hand To God, a wicked comedy by Robert Askins that opened the same we...

Theater: "All-American" Fumbles Ball But Features An MVP

| Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment

ALL-AMERICAN ** out of **** LCT3/THE DUKE ON 42ND STREET All-American is the latest production from LCT3, the very welcome arm of Lincoln Center that...

Theater: Sam Waterston's "King Lear" Disappoints At Public

| Posted 11.09.2011 | Entertainment

KING LEAR ** out of **** PUBLIC THEATER King Lear is such a mountain of a play that just getting to the top must feel like an accomplishment. But Sam...

Theater: Yes, Nina Arianda Is All That In "Venus In Fur"

| Posted 11.10.2011 | Entertainment

VENUS IN FUR *** out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN Actress Nina Arianda is the red-hot center of this new Broadway comedy, so ...

Theater: Hugh Jackman Razzle Dazzles Broadway in New Show

| Posted 11.10.2011 | Entertainment

2011-11-11-Screenshot20111111at8.27.44AM.jpg The moment Jackman appears, the audience relaxes -- this is gonna be fun.

DVDs: Law & Order's Record-Breaking Boxed Set

| Posted 11.11.2011 | Entertainment

LAW & ORDER: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($699.00; Universal) -- As far as I can tell, Law & Order: The Complete Series is the biggest boxed set in history wi...

Veterans Day: Five Books to Read

| Posted 11.11.2011 | Books

Willie and Joe: Back Home moved me the most. The cover shows a soldier without a place to stay, sleeping on a park bench and covered in a poster saying "Welcome Home" to the soldiers.

DVDs: Harry Potter Finale Arrives, Now Where's Pottermore?

| Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 ($35.99 BluRay combo pack; Warner Bros.) -- So the Harry Potter film series deserves to win the Most Imp...

Theater: Beckett Funnier Than A Comedy About Gay Marriage? Yep!

| Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment

FRAGMENTS *** out of **** BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTRE STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS ** out of **** MINETTA LANE THEATRE Samuel Beckett se...

Movies: "Blimp" Is Back! British Gem Is Beautifully Restored

| Posted 11.15.2011 | Entertainment

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP *** 1/2 FILM FORUM MOMA: TO SAVE AND PROJECT 9TH MOMA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM PRESERVATION I suppose every...

Theater: Radio City Christmas Spectacular Freshens Up

| Posted 11.17.2011 | Entertainment

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR ** 1/2 out of **** RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an annual tradition, so it's always...

DVDs: "West Side Story" (Almost) Perfect In New BluRay Set

| Posted 11.17.2011 | Entertainment

WEST SIDE STORY 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY ($69.99 BuRay Deluxe or $29.99 BluRay; MGM) -- West Side Story buzzes with contradictions in this la...

Theater: Kim Cattrall Conquers Coward In "Private Lives"

| Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment

Are you in the mood for a bit of bubbly? Champagne is always flowing in the world of Noel Coward and it's on tap at this modest revival of Private Lives.

Theater: Alan Rickman's Seminar Needs Another Edit

| Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment

Seminar sorely lacks any insight into or love of writing. We don't see anyone realizing they don't have what it takes or enjoying a creative breakthrough. In short, at this Seminar, we don't get our money's worth.

Theater: "White Christmas" Early Present For Holidays

| Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS *** out of **** PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE Almost any Christmas-themed property you can name is being turned into a musical...

Theater: Gay Boy Scouts On The Prowl In "Wild Animals"

| Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment

WILD ANIMALS YOU SHOULD KNOW ** 1/2 out of **** LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE If you're studying nature and come across an unexpected creature or observe un...

DVDs: Musicpalooza with Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and More!

| Posted 11.30.2011 | Entertainment

From Willie Nelson in his heyday to Ray Charles when he became a huge star in Europe. Here's a roundup of the best music dvd releases from the past few weeks.

Theater: "An Evening With Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin"

| Posted 11.30.2011 | Entertainment

AN EVENING WITH PATTI LUPONE AND MANDY PATINKIN *** ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE Two current Broadway shows offer the pleasure of major talents in concert...