Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

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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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End of winter, is it any wonder that Ravid Kahalani is feeling those Yemen blues? So why's he smiling? Because, he'll be the first to tell you, this has been no winter of discontent, but a winner of musical content wowing newfound friends and followers. And he's all set to sound off about it locally, as Kahalani brings his band...
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Michael Taylor can see Paris through his window -- and maybe even from his doorstep. After all, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that iconic columned building he serves as modern-art curator, looks out on a parkway specifically designed in the style of Paris' Champs-Elysées. But now Taylor need look no farther than the galleries he oversees for a visual nosh...
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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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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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