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Hash Blues

“Police, Adjective” is an unusual film, centered on concerns shoved aside by most cinema — boredom and linguistics. It also crossbreeds art cinema — with its slow pacing, long takes, and long shots — with the policier. Comment
Theater

A Blanche Named Blanchett

A close-knit group of friends gathers to carp about their failed relationships and derailed dreams. One has settled for a lackluster career, another has settled for a lackluster romantic partner. One has a drinking problem, another commits adultery. And yep, one is gay. Biting wit, in the form of impossibly clever dialogue, is the salve that helps soothe the pain. Self-delusion and self-deprecation abound. Comment
Theater

Friends With Benefits

A close-knit group of friends gathers to carp about their failed relationships and derailed dreams. One has settled for a lackluster career, another has settled for a lackluster romantic partner. One has a drinking problem, another commits adultery. And yep, one is gay. Biting wit, in the form of impossibly clever dialogue, is the salve that helps soothe the pain. Self-delusion and self-deprecation abound. Comment
Theater

A Blanche Named Blanchett

I feel like a grinch telling you how wonderful Cate Blanchett (as Blanche du Bois) and Sydney Theater Company are under Liv Ullman’s inspired direction when the run of the show at BAM’s Harvey Theater is sold out. If you don’t have tickets and are exceedingly blessed, maybe someone will make an early holiday present of them to you. Comment
Music

Just About to Come True

It has long been an article of faith among musical theater devotees that a Broadway revival of “Dreamgirls” was inevitable and would come in the fullness of time. When the movie came out in 2006, hopes surged particularly high. Well, it may not be on Broadway yet, but a new production of “Dreamgirls” is about to set off on a national tour, and it’s kicking off, aptly enough, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Comment
Around Town

Best Bets for Yuletide Activities

Christmas in New York is always cause for celebration — unless you’re Jewish; or Muslim; or agnostic; or atheist; or don’t particularly care for festive wreaths and trees. But who among us doesn’t like to receive presents — and get December 25 off of work — and set aside one time of the year when we can spread glad tidings of comfort and joy in a manner befitting H1N1? Comment
Theater

Greatest production of the greatest American play

It’s was just before dawn on May 7, 1901 — when Doc Gibbs wiped his feet on the (invisible) doormat before entering his (invisible) house — that my nose started prickling. Comment
Art

Ominous, somber, kitschy and forlorn

Three fleeting art exhibits well worth your while Comment
Art

Goldner’s ideas conceived in Mali, born on Warren Street

For 35 years, Tribeca artist Janet Goldner (www.janetgoldner.com) has been finding inspiration at opposite ends of the Earth. Intrigued by the tension she’s experienced between her two homes on different continents, Goldner exists as an insider and an outsider. Comment

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