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“Has there ever been such a wondrous and spectacular public execution?” asks Joshua Crouch, the perverse emcee in anatomy theater, the new opera by David Lang and Marc Dion which traces a woman’s afterlife, from her execution to her dissection. As played by Marc Kudisch, Crouch is the kind of charlatan who puts you under his spell with his rhetoric brimming with false equivalence, and his ability …Read more

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Composer Missy Mazzoli creates some of the most immersive soundscapes in contemporary opera, her layered work not only helps create the psychology of her characters, but also challenges the form by making it modern, and also hauntingly timeless. In Breaking the Waves, based on the film of the same name by Lars Von Trier, she creates the sound of a soul, in this case that of Bess McNeill (played by …Read more

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Going to the theater never felt like more of a privilege than it did in 2016. Not only because it served as the ultimate escape from the harshness of the preceding 12 months – with saw the world deal with more intolerance and collective disappointment than any of us were prepared for – but also because it was as a constant reminder that there is constant goodness and wonder at the core of humanity …Read more

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Salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), dissatisfied with the dearth of prosperity in his milkshake maker business, decides to visit a small family diner in San Bernardino following a large order of his supplies from sibling owners Maurice “Mac” (John Carroll Lynch) and Richard “Dick” McDonald (Nick Offerman). Impressed by their restaurant, Kroc pays close attention as their “thirty years in the makin …Read more

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From January 6-16, the Museum of the Moving Image will present its First Look Festival, which this year features films from over twenty countries, most of which are NY premieres. Now in its sixth year, the festival is a great showcase for cinema that pushes the medium forward; best seen in how several of the titles defy categorization or genre. While we could make a case for why each and everyone …Read more

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Every couple of years, a new live-action American movie musical is released, and certain people go a little nuts, hoping against hope that the genre is at last making a true and lasting comeback. In 2016, of course, that film was the snazzy and elaborate La La Land—directed by Damien Chazelle­ and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Unfortunately, one hit movie musical this year and another a ye …Read more

 
Pictured: Jason O'Connell in The Dork Knight at Abingdon Theatre Company
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Do you love superheroes? Are you first in line for every big midnight premiere? Can you track your childhood using the releases of the Batman movies as major life moments? If so, The Dork Knight might just be the play for you. In a hilarious celebration of the Dark Knight and his fans, the play look …Read more

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Plan B, a delightfully droll, slightly off-the-wall new musical theater/cabaret piece, is a smart collection of original songs written by composer/lyricist Michael Hicks and woven into a relaxed narrative co-written by Emily Mikesell and Michael Barakiva, who also directs this funny eclectic show wi …Read more

Scott Sheppard, Jaime Maseda in HOLDEN. Photo credit: plate3.com
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For a long time, I’ve been obsessed with J.D. Salinger. In high school, Catcher in the Rye was one of my favorite novels, one that encapsulated the alienation that is so common in high school. Later in life, I read all of Salinger’s work, his daughter’s controversial memoir and a documentary on the …Read more

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Wakka Wakka’s puppet musical, Made in China, is a fantasizing riff on a bizarre and troubling true story that took place during October 2012 in Oregon when a woman brought some cheap Halloween decorations home from K-Mart. When she opened them up, she found concealed inside the packaging a note from …Read more