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Michael Giltz is an award-winning freelance writer based in New York. He covers all areas of entertainment, including movies, music, books, theater, TV and DVD. Giltz also writes about politics, sports and religion. He is the creator of the website BookFilter, a book lover's best friend. Giltz cohosts Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly podcast on the entertainment industry from an insider's perspective; it can be found on iTunes. Giltz has written extensively for the New York Daily News, New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, Out magazine and New York magazine. Other publications he's written for include the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Weekly Standard, Disney's Adventures, and others. Giltz was also a frequent contributor to the political site Americablog in its early days. As an expert on pop culture, politics, and gay issues, Giltz has appeared on MSNBC, nationally syndicated radio programs, Sirius satellite radio (both the sports and gay channels), NPR in Boston, and French, German and Basque television.

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Theater: 'Almost Home' Never Arrives; 'Rococo Rouge' Never Goes There

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 3:26 PM

ALMOST HOME * 1/2 out of ****
ROCOCO ROUGE ** out of ****


ALMOST HOME * 1/2 out of ****
ACORN THEATRE ON THEATRE ROW


War is always with us, so a play about war --...

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Theater: Bridget Everett Hits 'Rock Bottom'

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:39 AM

ROCK BOTTOM * 1/2 out of ****
JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC THEATER

If the current incarnation of actress Melissa McCarthy were to launch a cabaret act, it would surely resemble Bridget Everett's Rock Bottom at Joe's Pub. I say "current incarnation" because I've found...

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New York Film Festival 2014 #1: Starting With a Bang

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:53 PM

I love the New York Film Festival. Unlike most film festivals which seem to be about the market or the industry or the press, the New York Film Festival is really and truly for New Yorkers. If -- like me -- you can't afford to go...

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Mighty Real Mighty Fun; Amiable Youth

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:24 PM

MIGHTY REAL *** out of ****
THIS IS OUR YOUTH *** out of ****


MIGHTY REAL *** out of ****
THEATRE AT ST. CLEMENT'S

Why haven't they made a musical about Sylvester? Teasingly and boldly nicknamed the Queen Of Disco,...

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Theater: Bootycandy Is Delicious, Frustrating Fun

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:49 PM

BOOTYCANDY *** out of ****
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS

Bootycandy -- a series of scathingly funny and sometimes disturbingly raw set pieces -- has the vital messiness and ping-ponging energy of a first play. That's both compliment and complaint since Bootycandy is not writer-director Robert O'Hara's debut...

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Theater: Stephen McKinley Henderson Front and Center...Finally

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:39 PM

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY *** out of ****
ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY AT LINDA GROSS THEATER

Over the years, whenever actor Stephen McKinley Henderson has stepped out on stage, I would break out into a smile or at least relax, contentedly assured I'd be seeing at...

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Theater: Strictly Delightful 'Strictly Dishonorable'

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 12:40 AM

STRICTLY DISHONORABLE *** 1/2 out of ****
THE ATTIC THEATER COMPANY AT FLEA THEATER

One of the greatest talents in film history, Preston Sturges is best remembered for four stellar comedies: The Palm Beach Story, The Lady Eve, The Miracle At Morgan's Creek...

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Theater: Fuerza Bruta Loses Its "Wayra" With New Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:37 AM

WAYRA -- FUERZA BRUTA * 1/2 out of ****
DARYL ROTH THEATER

If you've never seen any non-traditional theater, no Cirque Du Soleil or the countless circus troupes that have come in its wake, if you've never been to a rave or a spectacle like...

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Theater: Cool Cole, Lively Joyce and Lots of Talented Teens

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 3:58 PM

THE AMBASSADOR REVUE ** 1/2 out of ****
TOWN HALL

DUBLINERS: A QUARTER *** out of ****
THE GREENE SPACE AT WYNC/WQXR

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS *** 1/2 out of ****
MINSKOFF...

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Theater: The Lion Roars (With Pride); Tupac Doesn't Bloom on Broadway in Holler

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 8:22 AM

THE LION *** out of ****
HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME * 1/2 out of ****


THE LION *** out of ****
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER

This one-man musical written by and starring

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Theater: Savion Glover Prays; Broadway, Cabaret Stars Praise

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 1:23 AM

SAVION GLOVER -- OM ** out of ****
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR 1990-2014 *** out of ****

So much theater is here and then gone in the blink of an eye. Has it really been two and a half years since Newsies opened on Broadway?...

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Theater: Cherry On Top, But Little Underneath in New Play

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 8:20 AM

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID ** out of ****
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

This new play is set at a bed and breakfast on an island off the coast of Seattle in 1972. A mother and her teenage daughter run an underground shelter for battered...

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Theater: Much Ado About Rabe and Linklater

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:45 PM

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING *** out of ****
PUBLIC THEATER/SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

The more often I see Much Ado, the more I really dislike most of the male characters in the play. The more often I see Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, the more...

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Books: BookExpo of America -- Publishers Come out Swinging!

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 8:13 PM

If you love reading, the Book Expo of America is heaven. Every publisher under the sun is there, along with authors and agents and distributors and backroom suppliers and online purveyors. Everywhere you go amongst the crowded aisles of the Javitz Center in New York City, people are handing out...

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Theater: The Mad Ones Navigate The Straight & Narrow

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 1:38 PM

THE ESSENTIAL STRAIGHT & NARROW ** 1/2 out of ****
THE NEW OHIO THEATRE

Theater company The Mad Ones deliver an intriguing, well-acted new play that confirms that if they're crazy, it's crazy like a fox. Most of the play is set in...

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Theater: Linda Lavin Gets 'Too Much Sun;' 'Broadway By The Year' Shines Yet Again

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:26 PM

TOO MUCH SUN * 1/2 out of ****
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR 1965-1989 *** out of ****
IN THE PARK ** out of ****


TOO MUCH SUN * 1/2 out of ****
VINEYARD THEATRE

Playwright...

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Theater: Here Lies Love Parties On; August Wilson Lives On

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:08 PM

HERE LIES LOVE *** 1/2 out of ****
6TH ANNUAL AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION
SEA MARKS ** out of ****
SELECTED SHORTS: NEIL GAIMAN *** out of ****
A TIME TRAVELER'S TRIP TO NIAGARA * 1/2...

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Theater: Octoroon Astonishes; Forbidden Broadway Tickles

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:22 PM

AN OCTOROON *** 1/2 out of ****
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING *** out of ****

AN OCTOROON *** 1/2 out of ****
SOHO REP

An Octoroon is precisely the sort of play you hope to catch when venturing...

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DVDs: The Citizen Kane of TV Dramas? Hill Street Blues

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:51 PM

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HILL STREET BLUES: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($199.99 DVD; Shout Factory) -- On January 15, 1981, I was a 14-year-old kid living in South Florida. At the time, I probably thought I was savvy and informed for paying attention to things like TV Guide's...

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Theater: Michelle Williams' First Performance After Tony Snub

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:13 PM

CABARET *** out of ****
ROUNDABOUT AT STUDIO 54

Talk about motivation! Hours after her show Cabaret -- and the performance of Michelle Williams in particular -- failed to get a Tony nomination, she took to the stage playing Sally Bowles, the British gal who...

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