Friday, December 9, 2016 Kislev 9, 5777
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Jonathan Brody -- Broadway baby? Well, more Baby Boomer: The Englewood, N.J., native son recalls watching as an audience member the number "I Can Do That" from "A Chorus Line" and thinking, "I can do that." Indeed, he did; and it did a number on him: Years later, Brody performed the song and dance delight in the first summer-stock production...
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More than 20 years after "Talk Radio" proved the talk of the town -- plugging into national paranoia as a powerful performance piece -- playwright Eric Bogosian's voice of America is broadcasting from Broadway. Yet still, the hurt and healing that first attended the 1985 production in Portland, Ore. -- and later, when it went off and running off-Broadway --...
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Broadway Danny Burstein is red-hot -- and white-haired -- in the smash hit
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Nothing drowsy about Danny. Danny Burstein's burst of top-drawer talent helps draw in the crowds to "The Drowsy Chaperone," the sunny, stunning and anything but soporific musical slap in the face wake-up call for any theater-goer who feels Broadway's been overdosing on stupid sedative-saturated musicals. Snap out of it! And who better to snap a picture of pell-mell pandemonium than...
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... but it's just the beginning for Patrick Marber as he closes in on a jaded Jewish agent
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Notes on a scoundrel ... A roguish writer and raconteur, having been Oscar-nominated for his "Notes on a Scandal" screenplay this year, Patrick Marber has, in creating Howard Katz, as catastrophic a self-collapsing cur as seen on stage in recent years. Marber has taken the job of self-inflicted innocent away from Job and given it to a Jewishly jaded agent...
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Willkommen to the Weimar Republic, where life is in an aberrant abeyance. Change for a '20s? Caught between world wars with its marks down, Germany struggles to be germane once more. And if the song in its heart is a sad one, is that precursor to punishing times ahead? The cabaret doors are open even if the minds are closed...
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