“A man without land is nobody.” Such is the maxim, learned from his grandfather, that Duddy Kravitz (Ken James Stewart) uses to rule and guide his ambitions. Of course, to acquire the land, he first needs to acquire the money, and as his desperation to become somebody only increases with time, he seems to become willing to go further and further to make his dreams a reality. But how far can he go …Read more

Dan LeFranc

Playwright Dan LeFranc’s Rancho Viejo explores life’s big questions through the residents of a small town in Southern California. With direction by David Aukin, the production at Playwrights Horizons is a three-act, joyously absurd search for the meanings of existence. Whether any is found is for the audience to decide. Below, Mr. LeFranc discusses world building, the American mythology, and and w …Read more


Broadway veteran Jeffry Denman, best known for his roles in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, is dusting off his tap shoes this fall to join the Off-Broadway production of Cagney, currently playing at the Westside Theatre. This inspiring and captivating musical honors the life and career of James Cagney, one of Hollywood’s biggest …Read more


Brendan J. Byrne’s documentary Bobby Sands: 66 Days, shines new light on the IRA martyr who died at age 27, while imprisoned, after a hunger strike which sought to change the way in which he and his fellow inmates were treated by the British government. Sands argued that rather than being treated as common criminals, they should be seen as political prisoners. The gripping documentary uses an arra …Read more


The Romanian Film Initiative and the Jacob Burns Film Center will be presenting the 11th edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema from December 1-8. Our critics discuss four essential films of the 2016 edition. Dogs In Dogs, a young man from the city (Dragos Bucur) inherits a massive piece of land in the barren Romanian countryside from his late grandfather, a known murderous crime lord. Inten …Read more


After the success of the live stream in the spring, the visionary minds at BroadwayHD, in partnership with Fathom Events, are bringing She Loves Me to movie theaters across the nation on December 1. Whether you caught the show during its Broadway run or not, the experience of watching the classic musical on the big screen proves truly incomparable. The Tony-winning set by David Rockwell comes to b …Read more


Some might say that Nobel Prize winning London playwright Harold Pinter has a lot to answer for with regard to the shift in modern theater, where class, jeopardy and laden pauses continue to stamp the stage beyond his lifetime. Only he didn’t, wouldn’t, except to state his position on perceived real …Read more

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In the opening scene of Michael Harren’s The Animal Show, the solo performer describes his veganism as a pair of “rose-colored glasses.” The animals he services at the Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary (where he was a resident artist) do not celebrate his veganism the way other humans might: they see …Read more


Magician Helder Guimarães is the youngest winner of the prestigious World Championship of Closeup Card Magic. He was awarded this trophy in Stockholm in 2006 by performing a routine so impossible that magicians are still talking about it. He went on to co-create and perform the successful show Nothi …Read more

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael in The New Group production of Sweet Charity, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and directed by Leigh Silverman, at The Pershing Square Signature Center. PHOTO CREDIT: Monique Carboni. wwww.thenewgroup.org

With Sutton Foster at its center, the New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity melds the many emotions of a story about a big-hearted and naïve young girl trapped in a miserable reality. Set in the ’60s, Sweet Charity, as the title might imply, follows Charity Hope Valentine (Sutton Foster), a dance hal …Read more