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First Nighter: Harvey Fierstein's Highly Accomplished 'Casa Valentina'

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Yes, Fierstein fans, there are plenty of belly laughs as the two-acts unfold on Scott Pask's lean version of a mountain getaway that's seen better days. But the playwright has much more on his mind and up his chiffon sleeve.

First Nighter: Woody Allen Sparks Relatively Speaking, While Elaine May, Ethan Coen Lack Luster

David Finkle | Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Woody Allen's Honeymoon Motel isn't one of his top-drawer laffers and certainly comes nowhere near matching the genuine comic grandeur of Midnight in Paris.