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First Nighter: Ethan Hawke Superb in a Not Quite Superb Ivanov

David Finkle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Austin Pendleton's production of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov at the Classic Stage Company is something of an unsolved puzzle. And that status probably isn't entirely due to Pendleton's direction of a highly competent cast. More likely, it's traceable to the tough challenge posed by the Russian playwright himself.

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.