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" Clifford Odets

First Nighter: Franco, O'Dowd, Meester Distinguish Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plucking the dialogue pretty much verbatim from his best-selling book, Steinbeck handily transferred his tale to the stage. Again George and Lennie -- traveling together like the scores of other bindlestiffs scouring California's Salinas Valley (Steinbeck's version of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County) for work -- arrive at a farm for barley bucking activity.

First Nighter: Blitzstein's 1937 "Cradle Will Rock" Rocks 2013 Encores! Off-Center

David Finkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The cast of the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Marc Blitzstein's once highly controversial first musical The Cradle Will Rock are dressed i...