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The History Boys. Set in the northern English town of Sheffield in the 1980s, Alan Bennett's penetrating 2004 play tells the story of a group of eight high school seniors and their quest to win coveted places at the universities…
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Culture, Stage A Fistful of Knowledge

A Fistful of Knowledge

Like the famous spaghetti Western starring Clint Eastwood, the world is divided into three kinds of people: the dumb, the clever, and the intelligent. Knowing how to tell the difference can tell you a lot about the rules by which…
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Dining, Eat Chez What?

Chez What?

It happens at every party I've ever been to in any city I've ever lived in or visited. As soon as I answer "I'm a restaurant critic" to the inevitable "And what do you do?" question, I get a rapid-fire…
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"Single Spies"

The high point of "Single Spies," a pair of plays by Alan Bennett receiving an American premiere at the Rhino, is a chance meeting, in A Question of Attribution, between Sir Anthony Blunt and the queen of England. Blunt is…
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Second Time Around

On Her Majesty's Public Broadcasting Service Most Americans got their first taste of Beyond the Fringe comic Alan Bennett's eloquence as a dramatist with the hourlong 1983 BBC film An Englishman Abroad, directed by John Schlesinger. It turns an incident…
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