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Stage Door: The Cherry Orchard, The Mountaintop

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Written in 1904, The Cherry Orchard, Chekov's last play, feels wholly modern. Now at the Classic Stage Company, its issues of class, money and romantic ruin seem timeless

'Tis the Season for GOP Exit Strategies

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.03.2012 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

For Republican presidential hopefuls, a finely-honed exit strategy can be even more important than winning.

Stage Door: Chinglish, The Man Who Came To Dinner

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.02.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

On a deeper level, Chinglish explores the old and new China. Daniel is selling signage to an arts complex, not the Red Guard. The minister despairs of acrobats, but longs for classical Chinese opera.

How (Not) to Write a Sex Scene

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 02.01.2012 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

An incredible number of literary heavyweights have been insulted with spots on the Bad Sex shortlist over the past 19 years. Which begs the question: Has sufficient attention been paid to the art of writing sex scenes?

My Favorite Things, Kind of

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.31.2012 | Comedy
Patricia Aranka Smith

I can almost picture Robin Williams performing the boomer version of this classic song from The Sound of Music. Sing along!

Conversing With My iPhone 4S, Siriously

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.30.2012 | Comedy
Patricia Aranka Smith

To wit, here are a couple of examples of exchanges with Siri that went siriously wrong.

How to Tell If You're Going to Spontaneously Combust

Mark C. Miller | Posted 01.30.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Are you about to burst into flames? After centuries of the mysterious phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion, a research scientist has finally determined the exact conditions that will let you know if you're going to turn into a human fireball!

People Magazine Changes Name to Corporations Magazine

James Napoli | Posted 01.29.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

As the troubling but increasingly mainstream idea that corporations are people has become part of the national zeitgeist, one of the world's leading entertainment news publications has embraced the concept.

Leo Tolstoy Is Quitting Facebook

Paul Greenberg | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
Paul Greenberg

On the 101st anniversary of his death, a look back through Leo Tolstoy's epic Facebook posts.

How to Successfully Write Broad Comedy

Joe Cristalli | Posted 01.28.2012 | Comedy
Joe Cristalli

So, you want to be a comedy writer? That's a heck of a decision you've come to. In today's deprived sinkhole of an economy, many people are straying from the lucrative world of comedy and becoming useless things like doctors and parents.

The Problem That's Dogging Romney

Sunil Adam | Posted 01.26.2012 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Michele's Makeup; or, What's Political Representation Got to Do With It?

Mark Axelrod | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

It's not really the makeup or the hair style or the book tours or the late night comedy show appearances that are irritating about Bachmann, but the fact that she's as narcissistic and as self-promoting as Palin with the exception that she has a constituency she ignores.

Review - Richard Herring: What Is Love Anyway?

Jack Pelling | Posted 01.21.2012 | UK Comedy
Jack Pelling

One DVD you probably won't see by the fags in Tesco Express however, is Richard Herring's Christ on a Bike - The Second Coming, his excellent show about his relationship with Christianity.

Black and Blue Friday

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.23.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Aranka Smith

I grew up in an era where there were only a handful of logical explanations for getting up in the middle of the night. We did not wake up to go shopping. Anywhere. For anything. Ever.

What the Supercommittee Really Said

Surya Yalamanchili | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Surya Yalamanchili

See -- we're not that stupid. Wait. Maybe that should be the new slogan: "Congress -- we're not that stupid."

Toddlers and Tiaras: What Happens When Bedazzled Babies Grow Up

Millie Kerr | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Millie Kerr


Elizabeth Warren Issues a Challenge to Senator Scott Brown (VIDEO)

Eddie Geller | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Eddie Geller


Newt Gingrich is an Idea Man (Quality of Ideas Not Guaranteed)

Floyd Elliot | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Silly Newt: children shouldn't work as janitors. They should work as miners because a) they're small and can fit into twisty little passages in a mine and b) they're already minors.

Thanksgiving: A Questionnaire for Dinner Guests

Martin Marks | Posted 01.22.2012 | Comedy
Martin Marks

We're so happy you've decided to spend Thanksgiving dinner with us! In order to ensure the dinner proceeds as smoothly as possible, we ask that you please take a moment to complete the following questionnaire.

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich Ad on Stupid Child Labor Laws

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 01.21.2012 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz


My Big Fat Jewish Thanksgiving

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.22.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Aranka Smith

No self-respecting Jew comes to the holiday table empty handed of family accomplishments, their very own ailments or a sense of humor. They are mandatory side dishes.

Stage Door: Private Lives

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"It's extraordinary how potent cheap music can be," muses Amanda (Kim Cattrall) to Elyot (Paul Gross) her former husband. They meet, five years after ...

Americans Still Lead the World in Self Regard, Latest Poll

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

Pew's findings are a tribute to the resilience of our super-size ego. It shows that most of us are quite pleased with ourselves. Why analyze anything, or learn from our shortcomings, or examine our mistakes, when we can just tell ourselves how superior we are?

Judd Apatow: Oscars Should Have Comedy Category

Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment

Since breaking into Hollywood in the early 90s, Judd Apatow has produced, written and directed a vast array of TV shows and movies, turning out hit af...

Theater: Alan Rickman's Seminar Needs Another Edit

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Seminar sorely lacks any insight into or love of writing. We don't see anyone realizing they don't have what it takes or enjoying a creative breakthrough. In short, at this Seminar, we don't get our money's worth.