Saturday, August 29, 2015 Elul 14, 5775

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Hooray for Hollywood -- and for Michael Elkin's "On the Scene" Academy Awards contest! Come Sunday night, Feb. 24, we'll know who's the tops in talent for the past year of movie magic, courtesy of the Oscars. "On the Scene" winners have a chance to predict the award recipients. Here's all you have to do: Pick the correct nominee in...
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A training film for mohels cutting their teeth in the business? "That's a possibility," muses Mitchell Lichtenstein. But, no, "Teeth," which he wrote, directed and co-produced, is more molar than mohel, and definitely not what the doctor ordered. The blackest of black comedies could give fans of "The Vagina Monologues" something to talk about between themselves. The heroine of this...
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Playwright brings it all home to Israel
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He is the "Two Thousand Years" man. But Mike Leigh -- despite the Yiddishkeit that soars throughout his new drama opening off-Broadway on Feb. 7 -- is no babbling Mel Brooks. He blazes society, not saddles. And "Two Thousand Years" enflames and entertains as it examines a muddled middle-class Jewish-geography of a family -- place them outside not so-cheerio England...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
If any musical scene is going to reflect the clash of cultures, it's Israel. As people from all over the world have flocked there over the past 60 years, it's absorbed a multitude of sounds. And in a place so small, it would be impossible to segregate them and foolish to try; cross-pollination is what keeps music from stagnating. You...
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Some good GPS advice: To get to "Avenue Q," go straight to "Sesame Street," and then make a U-turn. A really huge U-turn. Broadway audiences have turned to "Avenue Q" for the ultimate street theater that it is; the show, a parody of the puppets that make Muppets a must-stop pop on children's TV, hit the yellow-brick road and then...
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