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Aisle View: The Final Visit

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Not enough. An interesting show, to be sure; but in this crowded April, with at least ten intriguing new productions on view, I wonder whether this Visit is quite worth the visit.

A Look at the Resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Now people are going to say there was no need for Williamstown to make a comeback, because it never went anywhere, but let me lay out my case.

On the Culture Front: The Happiest Hour, Battle of the Belgians, The Complete Last Waltz and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.11.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It hard to find the silver lining in the cold, blustery weather and increasingly shorter days that mark December in New York, but one thing is the guilt for staying indoors completely evaporates.

A Not So Brisk-and-Bright Allegro

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Why can't they just do Broadway musicals the way the authors wrote them in the first place? is a not infrequent cry along the Rialto. If a show was a hit, if a show is a classic, why do modern producers, directors and book doctors insist on trying to make them better?

First Nighter: The Visit Overstays Its Welcome, Henry IV Stumbles

David Finkle | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

This time of year, things are so beehive-hectic in these parts that it's easy to drive around on a single Saturday and see, say, The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the compacted-into-one Henry IV Part I and IIat Shakespeare and Company.

Chita Rivera Chats 'The Visit' at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Steve Schonberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Be it a cliché, the adage "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" may be the best way to describe the latest production of "The Visit" opening this week at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

First Nighter: Encores! Irma La Douce Isn't So Sweet

David Finkle | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

What Irma La Douce really is is rampant idiocy, for which there may be no excuse but for which there may be a wacky rationale having to do with national tastes.

A More Intellectual Take On 'The Exorcist'

AP | MIKE CIDONI LENNOX | Posted 07.06.2012 | Home

LOS ANGELES -- Forget the movie. This "Exorcist" is turning heads – by not turning heads. "We're not going to throw up all over the audience," ...

WATCH: Two New Mexico Police Officers Fired After Attack Caught On Video

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 11.18.2011 | Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two Albuquerque police officers were fired Wednesday following the release of unedited video that showed them apparently doing a ...

First Nighter: City Center Encores! Series Where's Charley? All-Singing, All-Dancing, All-Lovable

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

At a time when spectacle is the trend in musicals on Broadway, the appeal of something merely charming may not be strong. There was a time, however, when charm counted, and there was no "merely" about it.

'Tis a Pity She's No Longer a Whore -- Times Square Cultural Armageddon

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

And they said things were bad in the 70's. The dirt, the porno shops, the Disco. All that is now a fond memory for many New Yorkers who gamely braved that bit of Hades to attend a real Broadway musical.

Cannes You Dig It? The Film Industry Champions Joint International Effort

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

As this year's film market at Cannes clearly demonstrates, old models are not working.

Peter Gelb and His Met: No Booing Please

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What occurs to me about the booing is that it might begin to color attitudes towards the Met under Peter Gelb for whom this 2009-10 season is the first with no vestigial ties to Joseph Volpe.