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Review: Play reveals tense birth of a classic film

NEW YORK (AP) — Two tough guys, one tough script and their Herculean team effort to cram steamy sex and violence into a strictly-censored Hollywood studio film is the subject of Mike Bencivenga’s fascinating play “Billy & Ray.” A smartly humorous, suspenseful production, featuring Vincent Kartheiser (of TV’s “Mad Men”) as legendary Hollywood writer and [...]

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Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met [...]

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Police: Man spray-paints on NYC museum wall

  NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a vandal has marred the walls of New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art for a second time in two months as it prepares to move. Police say Christopher Johnson spray-painted graffiti on a blank wall at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, October 20. It happened during a [...]

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Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and [...]

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Review: ‘It’s Only A Play’ is wickedly funny

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people might call “It’s Only A Play” a valentine to the theater, but you mustn’t believe them. Terrance McNally’s play is not so much a love letter from a shy, smitten admirer as a mash note sent by a stalker who’s written it in capital letters and smeared it with [...]

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Garry Marshall, the knight of light, goes dark

NEW YORK (AP) — Garry Marshall may turn 80 next month, but it certainly wasn’t apparent as the legendary director led a recent play rehearsal downtown. “Come back! Let’s do it again,” he good-naturedly chided the actors from the dark, empty seats of the Vineyard Theatre, where “Billy & Ray” opens later this month. A [...]

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1619: The diaspora of dance

  by Richelle Hammiel and Antonio Garland Kariamu Welsh, Virginia Johnson and Glendola Mills-Parker witnessed and exemplified the art of dance and music that may have started long ago, but is far from ending. Kariamu Welsh, who is a professor and department of dance chairperson at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, was [...]

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Carol Burnett returns to Broadway, happily

  NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Burnett doesn’t want to brag, but she’s done it with a lot of famous guys. Her first time was with Leslie Nielsen, then Tony Roberts. She did it twice with Charlton Heston, twice with Cliff Robertson, once with Tom Selleck, and once with John Cleese. “Am I leaving anyone [...]

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Steppenwolf taps Anna D. Shapiro as new leader

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Steppenwolf Theatre Company is fixing up its Chicago home and making a change in its artistic leadership. The respected company said Thursday that Martha Lavey, the theater’s artistic director since 1995, will be replaced by longtime ensemble member and award-winning Broadway director Anna D. Shapiro. Shapiro won the Tony [...]

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Lukewarm welcome for Lindsay Lohan stage debut

LONDON (AP) — It wasn’t a car crash, but there weren’t fireworks, either. Critics writing in Friday’s papers gave a lukewarm welcome to Lindsay Lohan’s professional stage debut, which followed months of hype and speculation about whether the wayward star was up to the job. “Shock news: Lindsay Lohan can act a bit,” wrote Dominic [...]

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‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment [...]

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