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You Go, Girl!

The momentary relief one gets laughing at one-liners in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play “Asuncion” are insufficient to compensate for its fatal weaknesses. Comment
Books

The Pious Atheist

In Wayne Hoffman’s new book “Sweet Like Sugar,” a 20-something graphic artist named Benji Steiner crosses paths with a 70-something Orthodox rabbi named Jacob Zuckerman. Their worlds could not be further apart, yet they are drawn together, first by a health emergency and, later, by intellectual curiosity. Comment
Film

Good Intentions, Great Visuals

“Le Havre” is a very unusual film. While it’s been criticized as more of the same from director Aki Kaurismäki, a Finn working in France, it indulges extreme stylization to a point rarely seen since Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven.” Comment
Nightlife

Resurrections

Every autumn, New York’s classical vocal scene gets underway even before the Met opens its glamorous doors. With the now-roaming City Opera on hiatus, the first waves were caused by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Comment
Theater

War of the Words

At first glance, Nicky Silver’s new dark comedy, “The Lyons,” appears derivative at best. It’s a yet another quirky dysfunctional-family play. It’s a nagging-Jewish-mother play. It’s a codger-on-his-deathbed play. And yeah, one of the four principal players is gay — practically standard issue for this sort of affair these days. Comment
Theater

From Seductress to Tragic Queen

Since its 1830 premiere, Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” has transformed the careers of its creators and performers. Comment
Film

A Warm Light’s Refraction

“Paul Goodman Changed My Life,” a documentary at times dry and surprisingly conventional given its iconoclastic and fascinating subject, could have been titled “Paul Goodman Changed Many Lives.” The film opens with friends, colleagues, students, and critics recounting their impressions of a man whom William F. Buckley, Jr. described as “a pacifist, bisexualist… anarchist, and a few other things.” Comment
Music

Houston Ballet's Got Chops!

In its debut performances this week at the Joyce Theater, the Houston Ballet –– since 2003 under the artistic direction of Australian-born Stanton Welch –– impressed even the notoriously reticent New York opening night audience with pristine technique, immaculate precision, and lightning speed that rival any other ballet company in America. Comment
Nightlife

The Mysteries of Nazareth, PA

Stephen Karam, now 31, burst on the New York theater scene in 2007 at the Roundabout’s Underground with the canny, pitch-perfect teen drama “Speech and Debate,” exploring gay youth, among other themes. It spread to 100 theaters and made Karam’s name. Comment
Theater

Relative Mess

John Turturro has got considerable talent and grit, no doubt about it. But not even he has the power to reign in “Relatively Speaking,” a trio of chaotic, disparate one-act comedies premiering at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Comment
Film

A Strong Heart Is Broken

“In the Family” is a sensitive, earnest drama about a gay Asian-American man in Tennessee embroiled in a child custody battle. Written, produced, directed by, and starring the openly gay Patrick Wang, this modest film sometimes wields a heavy hand in broaching legal challenges facing same-sex couples, but its sincerity ensures that its intentions resonate. Comment
Art

Passion, Hellfire Painted in Pastel, Beige

Michael Grandage’s “Don Giovanni” is strike three for the Met Comment
Nightlife

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers|White hot, Jason’s gold, gay doc matters Comment
Nightlife

Boys to Men

A Terrence Rattigan revival and Bill Bowers' solo show go to the heart of being a man Comment

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