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Holidays With the Family

Christine Eads | Posted 02.16.2013 | Women
Christine Eads

This holiday season, look around your table and give thanks to those you chose to be your family. Your wonderful, loving family, diverse and dysfunctional though it may be.

Stage Door: Golden Boy, Glengarry Glen Ross

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Golden Boy is a knockout. It's a magnificent exploration of what it means to be an American and how we define success. Set in a lower-class New York neighborhood in 1936, it tells the story of Joe Bonaparte. Like an earlier Bonaparte, he, too, wants to be king of the world.

Notes on London Theater

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

As a playwright, I relish the abundance of serious drama on offer in what many consider the theater capital of the world; I also admire how seriously Londoners take their theater.

David Beckham -- A Role in Downton Abbey?

Alan Black | Posted 02.04.2013 | Sports
Alan Black

Now that David Beckham has played his last act in an American soccer role, what is next for the Englishman abroad? Having spent the last five years in...

Stage Door: My Name Is Asher Lev

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Art, like religion, demands commitment and responsible action. A substantial exploration of culture and identity, Asher Lev is an artistic triumph.

Stage Door: The Twenty-Seventh Man, Annie

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Literature and memory are essential to a culture's survival. For Jews, that literature is Yiddish -- 26 of its greatest writers and poets were murdered in a 1952 Stalinist purge. As Zunser (Ron Rifkin) explains to his four jailed comrades: "We are all here because of the fifth line on the form: Jewish."

"Trapped in the Closet" Stars Rolando & LeShay Boyce Speak

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

I recently had the pleasure of chatting over the phone with "Trapped" stars Rolando and LeShay T. Boyce. They are best known for their roles in the series as Cathy and Rufus -- the couple whose relationship drama seems insurmountable.

Rust and Bone: A Study in Self-Destruction and Identity

Greg Wetherall | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

Where danger is no longer an option in the form of whale training, Stephanie is drawn, like a moth to the flame, to the volatile volcano that is Ali. He is a construct of unbridled testosterone and is completely temperamental. His temper trigger is slight and his fury explosive.

Stage Door: The Heiress, Ivanov, No Escape

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." The sentiment comes courtesy of The Godfather, but it applies to the moving Broadway revival of The Heiress at the Walter Kerr.

Stage Door: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mojo

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.26.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company's latest Broadway revival of Edward Albee's 50-year-old masterwork, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, is less a volcanic eruption than a slow, simmering pot that periodically boils over.

Theater: Virginia Woolf Bests Cyrano by More Than a Nose

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

The guiding principal of this Steppenwolf production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed seamlessly by Pam MacKinnon, is to return to the text, avoid grandstanding and shoot for realism.

Stage Door: Him, American Symphony Orchestra

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.18.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The American Symphony Orchestra is in celebration mode, marking its 50th anniversary at Carnegie Hall Oct. 26 with Gustav Mahler's monumental Eighth Symphony, which he considered his greatest work.

Detach From Drama

Ginnie Love | Posted 12.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ginnie Love

Detect and detach from the dramas of your life without delay and open your eyes to the world that lies beneath the surface of avoiding the true source of your needs. Stop procrastinating. You have been afraid of your own power for too long.

Stage Door: Cyrano de Bergerac

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"I shun the normal and the commonplace," proclaims Cyrano de Bergerac, writer and duelist. "My style comes from within!" This production, as Cyrano is fond of saying, is loaded with panache.

'Long Shot'

James Duff | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

Unbelievably, we have reached the finale of our first season of Major Crimes. And the title of our last episode reflects what many of us thought about our chances of success when we first began this adventure. Amazingly, our audience stuck with us, and so we will be back next year with fifteen brand new stories we hope will serve to intrigue and entertain.

Middle of Nowhere (****)

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

"You were on your way to something. Don't stop." That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this ...

Beware Theater in Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Crucially, the president himself must become a critic. One flop may not an election make, but a second one? Can't happen. At the next rumble -- er, debate -- Mr. Obama must pull off Mr. Romney's many masks and expose his contradictions.

Stage Door: An Enemy of the People, Ten Chimneys

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Political screeds are tricky, though relevant in an election year. It may be why the Manhattan Theatre Club revived Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, which pits a righteous Dr. Stockmann, who rails against endangering public welfare, against everyone else.

Stage Door: Detroit

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Detroit, a 2011 Pulitzer finalist, is a well-crafted elegy for a once-prosperous American suburb, a symbol, in the post-war years, of new beginnings.

New 'Alphas' Recruit Clashes With The Team

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.17.2012 | TV

Monday's episode of Syfy's "Alphas" is a good one. There are a few reasons. Reason 1: Kat (Erin Way), who's been hanging around the Alphas team fo...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Green Director Sophia Takal

Dan Persons | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A couple of well-educated Brooklynites move to the country, strike up a friendship with one of the locals, and that's where things get dark in Sophia Takal's directing debut, Green.

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EXCLUSIVE: First Look At 'Last Resort' On ABC

HuffingtonPost.com | Maggie Furlong | Posted 09.06.2012 | TV

ABC is diving deep this fall with creator Shawn Ryan's "Last Resort" (premieres Thurs., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. ET), a drama that finds the crew of a U.S. mi...

Are You Living a Life of Drama? Dawson's Creek, Mr. Big and Samsara

Amanda Slavin | Posted 11.02.2012 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Slavin

Drama comes from having too much time, too much energy. All that energy you are focusing on your "Mr. Big," living Episode 20, Season 2 in your own mind could be used to help others who need that energy, who don't have the luxury of having excess time or a choice to walk away.

Want Less Drama In Your Life?

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 10.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Cindy Wigglesworth

Our ego self is a crucial part of us. But until we learn to help it grow up it does tend to exaggerate all the daily threats of life. Spiritual intelligence, or SQ, allows us to shift from being driven by our fear-activated high-drama ego to being driven by our calmer, wiser Higher Self.

Stage Door: 'Pulp Shakespeare, Harrison, Tx.'

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Shakespeare's plays are frequently staged in contemporary dress to make them accessible to modern audiences. Pulp Shakespeare keeps period garb and enlists his distinct style of language to cleverly restage Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.