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It’s easy to remember a musical for its songs. That is, after all, what makes a musical different from every other kind of narrative: The characters will shout to the rafters in full throat, revealing things they just can’t speak, because the music gives them leave to lay themselves bare.
Scrooge still holds a monopoly on holiday theater, but worthwhile alternatives to "A Christmas Carol" have been cropping up of late. A few are even W.C. Fields friendly, meaning the audience is largely free of wailing, coughing, scampering little darlings.
For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is tweet-fleeting and the goal too often seems more Simon Cowell -approved branding than original voice, the rigors of an old-fashioned comedy club seem historically artisanal, like candle-dipping at Colonial Williamsburg.
NEW YORK (AP) - Whew, that was nerve-wracking, right? All those kids and staircases, pillow fights, candles and dancing. But somehow the cast and crew of NBC's three-hour live telecast of "The Sound of Music" pulled it off Thursday night with only a trodden-on dress, some inconsistent sound levels a...
There's an utter decadence about Paul Kerryson's production, the centrepiece of Curve's fifth birthday celebrations. He has poured all his genius into it and the result is wicked in the true meaning of the word. Billy Flynn (David Leonard), the fast-talking lawyer, drowns in a sea of female adoration and pink feather fans but that's the only time we get the conventional dress and choreography.
★★☆☆☆In recent years we've seen British actress Sheridan Smith step away from the image she crafted for herself in the Beeb's Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, making headway with an impressive - not to mention award-winning - career in theatre (most notably in the West End adaptation of L
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star in this weekend's opening of Out of the Furnace. The crime thriller sees Bale as a blue-collar worker in Pennsylvania who must rescue his brother (played by Affleck), a war veteran who has returned from Iraq and gets caught up in a ruthless crime ring. The duo are joined by Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.
Gran Turismo 6 offers more than 1200 playable cars, 37 track locations, 100 circuit layouts and an array of ambient light and weather condition settings. It is, according to the game’s maker, Sony, ‘the most realistic driving experience available without actually getting into a car.’ We’ll b...
From Gene Davis in the 1960s to Tim Bavington in the 2000s, stripes have been a resilient format for abstract paintings. That's surprising, given the seemingly limited range of possibilities of parallel straight lines on a canvas.