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When Death Arrives Late

When Death Arrives Late

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Humor is often used to get a serious point across. Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, the writers and directors of the Israeli import “The Farewell Party,” employ comedy to address the moral issues surrounding euthanasia. Some will enjoy the frequent dollops of honey, but many viewers will find the enterprise cloying. […]

Reasons to Be Gutsy

Reasons to Be Gutsy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | As you take your seat at the Second Stage Theatre to see “The Way We Get By,” you can’t help being wowed by Neil Patel’s stylish, detailed set of a New York apartment, with its tasteful cream-and-brown contemporary décor flecked with burnt orange accents. Yet if you look closely, the place […]

The Exemplary Life of Oliver Sacks  

The Exemplary Life of Oliver Sacks  

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | Oh where is the leather-clad motorcyclist who will sweep me away?,” Lindsay Anderson moaned rhetorically in his diaries. It’s a shame the great film and stage director never met Oliver Sacks. Both British, with only a 10-year age difference between them, they might well have clicked. But Sacks, the neurologist and author […]

Casino Le Roux

Casino Le Roux

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Out gay French director André Téchiné’s “In the Name of My Daughter” has all the elements for a satisfying film: a diva turn from Catherine Deneuve (in her seventh collaboration with the director), an unusual take on the courtroom melodrama (based on a real incident), a seemingly capable supporting cast, and gorgeous […]

A Throwback Drug War

A Throwback Drug War

BY STEVE ERICKSON | A few weeks ago, the Film Society of Lincoln Center played French director Eric Rohmer’s “Comedies and Proverbs” series. While this shouldn’t have surprised me, I was still startled that Rohmer’s “Boyfriends and Girlfriends” outsold “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” which played directly opposite it on another of their screens. For […]

Thank Heaven for Two Out of Three

Thank Heaven for Two Out of Three

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Dear theater snobs, believe it or not, there is an audience for smart and sassy comedy that lets them get home before the first intermission in the first part of “Wolf Hall.” That show right now is “It Shoulda Been You,” a silly confection of a musical with book and lyrics by […]

The Colors of a Life

The Colors of a Life

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Required summer reading for theater lovers has arrived. It’s “You Fascinate Me So,” Andy Propst’s biography of composer Cy Coleman, who wrote 11 Broadway shows over his career — including “Sweet, Charity,” “On The Twentieth Century” (now getting a wonderful revival at the Roundabout), “I Love My Wife,” “The Life,” “Barnum,” and […]

Wonderful Wanamaker  

Wonderful Wanamaker  

BY DAVID NOH | One of the greatest, most versatile actresses alive, Zoë Wanamaker, just graced our city with her appearance in the Encores! revival of “Zorba!” Having long admired her on stage and screen, I dashed to interview her and found her to be wonderfully warm, with a wicked wit and terrific recall. “The last […]

Send In the Clowns  

Send In the Clowns  

BY ELI JACOBSON | Though “Send in the Clowns” is Sondheim’s most popular song, very few people understand the significance of the title. It was generally thought to be a circus reference — whenever an accident or injury occurs in the ring, the ringmaster will send in the clowns to divert the audience’s attention. However, Sondheim […]

Fashion’s Glossy Feel

Fashion’s Glossy Feel

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The second feature film about Yves Saint Laurent in as many years, “Saint Laurent” is not a hagiography. Rather than present the trendsetting fashion designer’s life from childhood to death (as Jalil Lespert’s uneven film “Yves Saint Laurent” did last year), director and co-writer Betrand Bonello’s biopic focuses mainly on the […]

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