Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
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You can learn from watching Arnold Kendall on stage. I did. Of course, the stage was set somewhat differently 50 years ago, and the body language he was using was English. But as a teacher, Kendall lit into literature with a daring sense of drama as he taught me and a gang of other Jay Cook Jr. High hopefuls harking...
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Das Tank? Israeli filmmaker Samuel "Shmulik" Maoz has rebooted the claustrophobic notion of filming within tight quarters in "Lebanon," a white-knuckle nod to his days as a warrior without portfolio in the Lebanon War 18 years ago. "Lebanon" opens on Sept. 3 at the Ritz at the Bourse. Rolling through streets, roiled in the conflict that caused years of headaches...
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Four questions? More like a score. That's what playwright Matthew Lopez has raised in "The Whipping Man," his Civil War drama of uncivil behavior between peoples, now playing off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club at New York City Center. Of all those raised, possibly the key question is: Why is this play different from all others? Because this one brings...
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Short and sweet -- and powerful. Oscar-nominated in the short documentary category, the 39-minute "Strangers No More" is a golden rule about a school that does the strangest thing of all -- it works miracles where the magic of life otherwise seems to have been stripped of all its abracadabra. Set in Tel Aviv's Bialik-Rogozin, a magnet school for impoverished,...
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As members of "A Chorus Line" understand, everything is beautiful at the ballet. Obviously, they haven't seen "Black Swan." Multinominated for Academy Awards-- with leading lady Natalie Portman poised to make her pas de deux with Oscar this Sunday -- "Black Swan" offers a portal into ballet at its blackest. It is "The Red Shoes" at its bloodiest, dripping crimson...
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