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Caesar's Mt. Rushmore of Comedy Writing Set the Bar

Steve Young | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Steve Young

What I would hope people take from Sid Caesar's life work was his willingness to take the risk that led to something new and hysterically wonderful.

Talking Comedy and Television With Sid Caesar

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Barbara Isenberg

"Plain luck is that you were in the right place with the right people at the right time. Then the rest is up to you. Laughs are not insured."

First Nighter: Little Me Big and Christian Borle Even Bigger

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

When Little Me opened in November 1962, its major pluses were Sid Caesar, the Carolyn Leigh-Cy Coleman score and the rarely-miss Neil Simon gags. Revived at City Center this weekend, it can crow about what could be called a breakout performance by Christian Borle.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Bright on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Woody Allen sat aisle right next to his wife Soon Yi opening night of the new musical Beautiful, about fellow Brooklynite Carole King. Well, everybody...

The Right Girl in the Right Place at the Right Time

George Heymont | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Like many young men who were starting to embrace their homosexuality, I derived intense pleasure from one of the pictures near the back of the book in which an aging Belle Poitrine (Jeri Archer) looks up at the packed crotch of some faceless stud clad in a Speedo.

The Odd Couple - and Even Odder

Peggy Elliott | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Peggy Elliott

I have just found out that a script I wrote with my partner, Ed Scharlach, for The Odd Couple, entitled "The Fight of the Felix," was named as repres...

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise: American Master at the 92 Street Y

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If this were Dutch Masters instead of American Masters, I'd have a box of cigars, gripes Mel Brooks about the enterprise of including a documentary ab...

"Proposals," The Norris Center for the Performing Arts, Rolling Hills Estates

James Scarborough | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

Proving that the idea of family is not simply the product of a marriage contract, Neil Simon's "Proposals," directed by Todd Nielsen for the Norris Ce...

Theater the Theater Community Disdains

Howard Sherman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

I would like everyone to stop using "community theater" as a punch line or punching bag.

Weird and Still Wonderfully Funny: Yonkers, a Town Still Well Worth Getting Lost in

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Myra Chanin

The characters and the events in Lost in Yonkers have staying power. They are immortal. They tug at our feelings. Lost in Yonkers is about family and they don't come any more dysfunctional than this one.

'Lost in Yonkers': A Family Affair

Danny Groner | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

The play showcases more than just one family's hardships in getting along and getting by; it also grapples with the conflicts that erupt when members of different generations are forced into close quarters.

First Nighter: A. R. Gurney's Black Tie Diverts as it Disappoints

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Remove the "r," "n" and "y" from playwright A. R. Gurney's name and what's left is "argue"--perhaps a reviewer's excessively roundabout way to assert ...

Robert De Niro Is Fireproof

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

In 1976, Bobby De Niro was fired from Bogart Slept Here directed by Mike Nichols. Today comedian De Niro who brings in the laughs in The Little Fockers proves he is fireproof.

First-Nighter: London's Sweet Charity Sufficiently Sweet

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

These days, the clever fabric manufacturers able to do whatever they want with a proven musical comedy are the folks at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Stage Door: The Royal Family, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Memphis

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Broadway reviewed: a reminder of how wonderful revivals can be, a family story of burgeoning sexuality and a musical about the epicenter of R&B and soul.

In Search of Men of Principle

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Louise Mirrer

Had Eugene and Stanley of Brighton Beach Memoirs been living in New York during the Civil War years, they might not have thought so highly of Abraham Lincoln's principles.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If the view from under the Brighton Beach is not quite today's world vision, it offers a nostalgia trip to the late 1930's that is worth glimpsing.

Broadway Revivals Founder on Brighton Beach

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Too often the only review that counts is the Times pronouncement via Ben Brantley or Charles Isherwood. This time Brantley's response was not what's known as "a money notice."

Mayor Bloomberg, The King Of Obscure Endorsements

Huffington Post/AP | SARA KUGLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is likely to set another spending record in this year's mayoral race, but he appears to be aiming...

AFI Pretends Again to Honor Hollywood

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

If the AFI is going to honor lifetime achievement in film, they should do so. For starters, how about Neil Simon? He's one of the few screenwriters whose name the public actually recognizes.

Twittering Through American History

Ben Fractenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Fractenberg

"The British are coming! OMG! Wake up the militia! Sound the church bells! Update your Facebook status!"

Odd News

Jeff Dorchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Dorchen

Odd News and a new play: watch the preparatory video for Strauss at Midnight by Jeff Dorchen.

Heartbreak For DreamWorks: Ben Stiller Flick Tanks

AP | David Germain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

There's something about a reunion of Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers that audiences didn't want to see. Stiller and the Farrellys' "The Heartbre...