Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

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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Bravo moment: Patti Stanger is truly one in a 'Million'
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Yenta, you've met your match. And if her shtetl shimmers with tinsel rather than tzimmes, well, isn't there a lid for every pot? Patti Stanger certainly knows so. No love-connection stranger, Stanger is a third-generation generator of matchmaking with one major difference: Her mother and grandmother did it for love at their shul; she does it for a living. And...
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It's that time of the year -- time to warm up, settle down and get ready for game day. Super Sunday -- the other Super Sunday, meaning football and not fundraising -- takes place on Feb. 3. And while tradition has it that most nibble on junk-food galore while they watch two teams clobber each other, there is certainly room...
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