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The Donners are Deaded: Discussion of a Work in Progress

In Guide and (The Myth Of) Infinite Progress, an intriguing little double-bill-in-development at Williamsburg’s The Brick theater, Cara Marsh Sheffler and Luke Cissell have begun a journey to accomplish that feat. Their subject? The man whose book, The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, was behind the fateful “shortcut” taken by the Donner party in 1846: Lansford Warren Hastings, Esquire. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “Teeth of the Sons” at the Cherry Lane Theater

Teeth of the Sons by Joseph Sousa, at the Cherry Lane Theater, examines family and faith from the perspective of two brothers, each vying to be the one regarded as successful by the rest of their family – and in one’s case, his God. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” Aunt Dan, and Searching for Humanity through Theater

During recent visits to the theater, two plays have raised questions about how our society confronts and copes with our basic animal instincts, and the complicity of individuals in destructive acts performed by their societies. They’ve also presented complex existential arguments about the limits of communication and the need to be satisfied by what is, rather than by what one wishes could be. The two plays? Rajiv Joseph’s current Broadway production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, starring Robin Williams, and Buffalo, NY theater company Torn Space’s production of Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan & Lemon. Continue reading

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Film Review: “Potiche”

Somewhere between seeing the preview for “Potiche” advertised prior to “Blue Valentine” at the Angelika and the article I read about Catherine Deneuve on NYMag.com this week, I decided that “Potiche” was on my must-see list. Not sure why. Just had a hunch.

Following the hunch, I made the trip up to Chelsea to check out the film last night.
It’s a charming story about a woman who has allowed herself to become a “trophy housewife,” and how she reclaims her birthright – and then some – when her priggish, overbearing, condescending, philandering husband suffers a heart attack due to the stresses of a general strike. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “40 Weeks” at the New York Theatre Workshop

40 WEEKS is a rom-com about a relationship during pregnancy. Fair enough, and maybe those who’ve tried the “giving birth” thing will take more away from this production than I did. Maybe sympathizing with two Millenial Yuppies would be easier if I’d felt the same lack of surety in a relationship with a kid on the way. But isn’t one point of drama to make the specific universal, and open up new experiences to those who haven’t had them? Instead, we watch the tired cliché of boingourgeois-marries-bohemian as the couple winds through the inevitable arguments that follow. Who will pay for the baby? Who will paint the baby’s room? Will Mark get his book published, or at least make a sale on the subway? And why should the audience care about these feckless whiners? Angie’s unhappy, Mark’s unhappy, and the only two who seem to be pleased with where they are with their partner are Scott and Molly.
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“Portlandia” – “Little Britain” for Americans

Since Time Warner switched our cable channels, I got to DVR PORTLANDIA, Fred Armison’s show on IFC. It’s kind of a riot. As a sketch comedy, it’s most closely related to Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ LITTLE BRITAIN, but without … Continue reading

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