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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In October, Linda Pugach of New York City bailed her husband, Burton, 69, out of jail after he was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his mistress of five years. In 1959, Linda was blinded in both eyes by a lye attack arranged by Burton after she spurned his marriage proposal. He was […]

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A Jenkins Home Companion

A JENKINS HOME COMPANION, Close Call Theatre, at Stage Left Theatre. Ken Jenkins’s monologues Rupert’s Birthday and Chug are minimalist tales of American eccentricity notable primarily as easily staged character studies providing a heart tug and a chuckle. Rupert’s Birthday is the better of the two, offering the dramatic story behind a farm woman’s refusal […]

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When Richard Strauss took Salome for the protagonist of his third opera, he came up with an incarnation of the wicked biblical vixen his contemporary Freud would have approved of. Using a libretto distilled from the famously decadent play by Oscar Wilde (who in turn was inspired by Flaubert’s story on the same subject), the […]