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On the Culture Front: Airline Highway, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.05.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway to many means big dance numbers and actors hurtling outsized emotions into the rafters. While there are certainly plenty of tiresome revivals and knockoffs alike that make an all too vivid case for this, there are also bold producers remaking the landscape of commercial theater with subversive, challenging and deeply moving musicals and plays.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, and a Winning Director, Too

Monica Bauer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Monica Bauer

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was given to the writer of a fast and funny and poignant new American play that I had the good fortune to see, Between Riverside and Crazy.

First Nighter: Peter Sarsgaard in Shakespeare's and Austin Pendleton's "Hamlet"

David Finkle | Posted 04.16.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

It's surprising how many actors appearing as William Shakespeare's Hamlet don't take heed of the young Dane's advice to the players about speaking trippingly on the tongue and not sawing the air. They utter the sage admonition but then go about ignoring it.

First Nighter: Nick Jones' Verité, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Nick Jones could have fooled me -- and he did with Verité, his new comedy(?) at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow. But he didn't fool me for very long.

First Nighter: Markus Potter's 'Stalking the Bogeyman,' Ira Lewis's 'Chinese Coffee'

David Finkle | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

From start to finish Pendleton and Walsh give astoundingly natural performances that go some way, though not far enough, to justify the length of the sketch.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sad Brad Smith "On the Beach" Music Video Premiere; Susan Catteneo Opens Her Heart

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

You know a film is one of the "great ones" when even a cameo from Young MC can't derail it. Up in the Air may have went scoreless on its six Oscar nods, but the film still ranks as one of my favorites from the 2000s decade.

When You Are In Love And Very Young At Heart

George Heymont | Posted 01.31.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

As ardently as young men may worship someone, their tendency to objectify that person prevents them from developing the social skills necessary to build a relationship. Adoration is thrilling and fine. Genuine intimacy, however, can be much too frightening to sustain

Girls Gone Wild

George Heymont | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Bad behavior fueled by a toxic combination of narcissism, neediness, and alcoholism lie at the core of Halley Feiffer and Ryan Spahn's new movie, He's Way More Famous Than You.

Aisle View: The Boys in the Choir

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

An all-male boarding school serves as the starting point for Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy. During a school ceremony, tenor Pharus Jonathan Young is interrupted -- mid-solo -- by a homophobic slur.

Old is New Again: Frances Ha and He's Way More Famous Than You

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Noah Baumbach's new film Frances Ha is cut from the same cloth as Lena Dunham's Girls. Written with Greta Gerwig, who stars as Frances, shot in black ...

Lady of the Dance

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
Jaime Lubin

Allison Plamondon possesses the rare ability to captivate audiences with the simplest act. This is one woman who knows how to tell a story with her body.

Passion Play: Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The summer of 1969, with Stonewall in June and Woodstock in August, represents a shift in the American ethos. These events meet in a new play Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theater.

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.

Revolutions of the Mind: Three Sisters and Mistakes Were Made

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

As everyone is glued to media, watching a real-life revolution disrupt and otherwise transform Egypt, revolutions of a quieter, less violent but power...

Stage Door: Three Sisters

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Unhappy families were a Chekov specialty -- and one of his masterworks, Three Sisters, now at the CSC, sums up all the thwarted passion, love and year...