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Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

First Nighter: "The Designated Mourner" Still Wallace Shawn's Masterpiece, Only More So

David Finkle | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Wallace Shawn's darkly sublime three-hour play--and worth every devastating minute of it--The Designated Mourner was done initially in a 1996 staged r...

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday 9.13.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My hunch about skipping the opening weekend of this year's Toronto International Film Festival has paid off, in more ways than one. Mostly, however, ...

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is Important Stage Documentary

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The intent behind these stage documentaries is to inform. Although billed as plays, these theatrical entries aren't that. They're news reports outfitted with theatrical accoutrements.

The Reader is a Surprising Film: Nazis Can Be Sympathetic, Though Not Forgiven

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

On the whole David Hare has written a fascinating and engrossing script, and Director Stephen Daldry has given us a taut and emotional filmmaking achievement.

Reading Between the Lines in The Reader: When is Abuse Not Abuse?

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

The Reader? It's goodish. And Kate Winslet is, as ever, brilliant. And it has Nazis, which elevates it on the Oscar nom scale. But it doesn't fully address the fact that Michael is a victim of abuse.