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Entries by Michael Giltz from 12/2011

Theater Exclusive: Jeremy Jordan Of "Bonnie & Clyde" In Backstage Interview (Video)

| Posted 12.01.2011 | Entertainment

Actor Jeremy Jordan is enjoying one of the splashiest moments on Broadway for a newcomer in recent memory. Jordan starred in the new musical Newsies a...

Theater: Wiest and Turturro Lost In "Orchard;" Skip This "Dinner"

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Entertainment

THE CHERRY ORCHARD AT CSC ** THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER AT THEATRE AT ST. CLEMENT'S ** THE CHERRY ORCHARD ** CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY Why oh why is Che...

Manu Chao in Arizona Protest (Video)

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Huffington Post

Manu Chao is one of the most influential and politically active musicians in the world today. He's a modern day Woody Guthrie for people throughout the world.

Theater: Once Turns Into Moving Musical Headed To Broadway

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Huffington Post

The fairytale hasn't ended for the movie Once. That shoestring budget of a movie captured lightning in a bottle by showcasing two non-actors and their music in a story of bittersweet almost-romance.

Theater: John Hurt and Cillian Murphy Go Solo In New Plays

| Posted 12.07.2011 | Entertainment

KRAPP'S LAST TAPE *** out of **** BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC MISTERMAN ** 1/2 ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE Two solo shows offer a chance to see the legendary ...

Theater: "Maple And Vine" Finds The Future Is...Back In The Year 1955

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Entertainment

MAPLE AND VINE ** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON Jordan Harrison's new play is very high concept, a sort of Pleasantville for real. You've heard of Civil War re...

DVDs: "Doctor Who" Just Keeps Getting Better And Better

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Entertainment
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DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SERIES ($89.98 BluRay or $79.98 DVD; BBC/2Entertain) -- I'm almost scandalized at how quickly I've come to accept Mat...

'Stick Fly' Doesn't Stick

| Posted 12.09.2011 | Huffington Post

It's telling that at the end of the night everyone is essentially the exact same person they were at the beginning and nothing we've learned has changed our opinion of them.

Theater: Titus Andronicus as Bloody and Boring as Ever

| Posted 12.13.2011 | Entertainment

Whether it's the Julie Taymor film version or the numerous other productions from the past, I've never seen a satisfying Titus.

Books: Well, Dog My Cats! Comic Strip Masterpiece "Pogo" Gets Dee-luxe Treatment!

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Entertainment

POGO: THROUGH THE WILD BLUE YONDER -- THE COMPLETE SYNDICATED COMIC STRIPS VOLUME 1 BY WALT KELLY ($39.99; Fantagraphics) For many years, the comic...

Theater: Cloudy Skies for Harry Connick Jr. and On A Clear Day

| Posted 12.15.2011 | Entertainment

Even with an entirely new book and complete re-imagination of the central story, On A Clear Day remains a muddied, unsatisfying work that -- except for one promising Broadway debut -- has little to offer.

DVDs: New Christmas DVDs For Your Stocking

| Posted 12.15.2011 | Entertainment

This is not a list of the best Christmas-themed movies of all time. For that, you should check out my friend Alonso Duralde's book Have Yourself A Mov...

Theater: "Shlemiel The First" Klezmer Musical Sings But What's With The Restraint?

| Posted 12.16.2011 | Entertainment

SCHLEMIEL THE FIRST ** 1/2 out of **** NYU'S JACK H. SKIRBALL CENTER Writer Isaac Bashevis Singer helped popularize folk tales about the foolish men ...

Theater: New Broadway Musical Lysistrata Jones An Air Ball

| Posted 12.17.2011 | Entertainment

It's always good to try your best, but sometimes you have to recognize when the game is over and that putting in more effort won't change the final score.

Theater: Close Up Space Wastes Talented David Hyde Pierce

| Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment

The opening scene of Molly Smith Metzler's comedic play Close Up Space is the only good scene. But in fairness it does briskly and efficiently introduce our main character.

DVDs: Apes Rule in "Rise," "Tokyo Drifter" And A Smurfing Lot Of Other Titles On Tap

| Posted 12.23.2011 | Entertainment

Okay, the year is galloping to a close. Here's a rundown of LOTS of titles from the past three weeks. Keep scrolling! RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APE...

DVD GIFT GUIDE: The Best DVDs of 2011 For That Last Minute Gift

| Posted 12.23.2011 | Entertainment
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Maybe you need to grab a last-minute gift at the mall. Maybe you're going to ship a gift and send a link on Christmas morning to the DVD you purchased...

Theater: The Best Shows of 2011

| Posted 12.30.2011 | Huffington Post

Here's a list of my favorite shows of the year, followed by other highlights, a recap of the year and a brief word on each show.

DVD: Woody Allen Back on Top, Ready for Oscar Love

| Posted 12.31.2011 | Entertainment

Oh the DVDs are piling up, and these are the dog days of late December and early January when DVD releases slow to a trickle. Let's get to it.