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  • Venice Film Review: 'She's Funny That Way'

    Screwball comedy was already a retro affair when Peter Bogdanovich mastered it in 1972 with "What's Up, Doc?" Forty-two years later, that ageless throwback is the standard to which the director aspires in "She's Funny That Way," . At once invoking genre forebears like Ernst Lubitsch and contemporaries like Woody Allen, this diverting tale of a Brooklyn callgirl wreaking havoc among the romantically frustrated cast and crew of a dud Broadway play accumulates the necessary narrative chaos without ever building a full head of comic steam. The diverting result will find a modest audience principally among those old enough to recall Bogdanovich's glory days.
  • Off Broadway Review: 'Between Riverside and Crazy'

    Stephen Adly Guirgis is such a quintessentially New York playwright, it's incredible how popular his plays are outside the city limits. You have to wonder what those out-of-towners will make of "Between Riverside and Crazy," the scribe's latest love/...

    Review: 'Black Box' ★★★ 1/2

    Review: 'Black Box' ★★&#9733 1/2
    Young adulthood is so very, very hard to capture honestly on screen, in all its lurches and false starts and weird little moments of truth. Compress those experiences into the weeks spent rehearsing a college play, and there's an almost absurd degree of...

    Film Review: 'The Mend'

    Debutant feature writer-helmer John Magary directs with a great deal of verve, imbuing even the most drawn-out scenes (as his frequently are) with a clipped, punkish energy. He has a perfect counterpart in leading man Josh Lucas, who approaches his...

    After a student's death, trying to untangle the issues

    After a student's death, trying to untangle the issues
    In "Gidion's Knot," the intriguingly tense new play from emerging writer Johnna Adams, a mother, Corryn, shows up at her son's classroom to attend a previously scheduled parent-teacher conference. Her arrival at the school is a surprise to the teacher,...