Monday, March 2, 2015 AdarI 11, 5775
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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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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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When you comin' back, Mark Medoff? He's actually never been away, not since startling theater-goers with his rough-and-tumble "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder" (1974) and "Children of a Lesser God" (1980), his landmark enlightened drama that opened the eyes and ears to the travails of the hard-of-hearing community that went its award-winning way from Broadway to Hollywood. Go Southwest,...
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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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Does "The King's Speech" have a Jewish accent? The odds-on favorite to snare the Oscar for best picture at the awards ceremonies on Feb. 27, is this sentimental sensation about English King George VI's stammer more Hollywood than history? Without doubt, as George VI, Colin Firth is first of firsts in portrayals this year; indeed, the golden statuette has started...
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