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Grass Act

The Scarlet Pimpernel Shubert Theatre By Albert Williams “I have seen the worst play in London,” wrote a New York Times theater critic in 1907 of a drama that had been running for two years. “What makes it odd is the fact that the worst play in this case happens to be the most successful.” […]

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True Books

Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers, by Gloria Gilbert Mayer and Thomas Mayer (American Management Association, $21.95). Synopsis:The characters from classic fairy tales–Cinderella, Snow White, and the rest–are dragooned into conveying business platitudes. Representative quote: “‘Sir,’ Goldilocks says brightly, ‘we’re known throughout the industry for competitive prices and superior services. Let […]

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TAFELMUSIK In keeping with the traditions of the Baroque and pre-Baroque eras, period-instrument orchestras consist almost entirely of strings, often augmented by harpsichord, double reeds, recorder, or timpani. They tend to number two dozen pieces or less, and the instruments–whether originals or replicas–don’t adhere to the tempered scale modern audiences are familiar with; to the […]

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Deanna Witkowski

DEANNA WITKOWSKI In 1997, when pianist Deanna Witkowski recorded her debut album, Having to Ask (reissued recently by Jazzline), she had just turned a corner in her music, locating a coherent instrumental voice and accenting it with the Afro-Cuban rhythms she’d begun to explore a few years earlier. Then, before the disc’s release, she left […]

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The Original Kings of Comedy

This record of one stop (February 26-27) on “The Kings of Comedy” tour focuses on the audience at the Charlotte Coliseum as emphatically as it focuses on the performers–comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. Footage shot from over their shoulders reveals a sea of faces out of which individuals quickly […]

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The Elements of Style

The Vagabond Rating *** A must see Directed by Raj Kapoor With Kapoor, Nargis, and Prithviraj Kapoor. Mr. 420 Rating **** Masterpiece Directed by Raj Kapoor With Kapoor, Nargis, Nadira, and Nemo. By Sunil Malapati When Fire, the first film directed by Raj Kapoor, premiered in 1948, Indian popular cinema was on the verge of […]

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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XII

The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company’s annual marathon showcase of emerging talent, which features a slew of local fringe theater and performance companies and solo artists, was founded in 1989 to honor the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation and to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XII” […]

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The Dakota Diaries

Lennon in America: 1971-1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries by Geoffrey Giuliano (Cooper Square Press) Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon by Robert Rosen (Soft Skull Press) I admit it: I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. On December 9, 1980, I was a senior at […]

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Frisbie Toss

Your review of Frisbie displayed clearly what a lazy journalist you are [July 14]. Your criticism of the band was laughable. You say their main weakness is their drummer’s lack of willingness to break a sweat. You’ve obviously only seen them live once and drew broad-stroke conclusions by that single performance. Zack Kantor is known […]