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Film, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader": The Narnia franchise gets another chance

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader": The Narnia franchise gets another chance

A massive project, taken up lightly by Disney in the giddy post–Lord of the Rings atmosphere and dropped upon failing to return the requisite billions, this third adaptation from C.S. Lewis' seven-volume (!) Chronicles of Narnia comes underwritten by a…
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News, Matt Smith

The Poor News Bears

Biology instructor Dirk VandePol puts a satirical face on the concurrent fame and misfortune that have accompanied his role as leader of a group of scrappy do-it-yourself genetic engineers recently profiled in The New York Times Magazine. "Given my rakish…
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Culture, Stagecap

Believe it or not, Moby Dick is good material for a musical

After putting the "head" in Hedda Gabler and the "sin" in Cinderella, the fishnet- and short-skirt–wearing schoolgirls of the fictional St. Godley's School for Young Ladies have decided "to mount dick"— Moby Dick, that is. This bawdy musical within a…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Terminal Cases A boondoggle only Fresno could love: Matt Smith's "Tower Inferno" ably revealed half of what's fishy about the Transbay Terminal redevelopment controversy: developer Jack Myers' apparent claim-jumping scheme. This would shake down the public for some…
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Film, Love and Death

Love and Death

Sometimes something so wonderful appears on the big screen that I want to leap up like a shameless nonprofessional and hug it. Such is the case early on in Sylvia, a superb drama based on the brief life of writer…
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Culture, Stage Figures and Phantoms

Figures and Phantoms

The best part of Partition, a new play by Ira Hauptman at the Aurora Theatre, is its lack of guile. Hauptman writes about the Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy and his humble Indian friend and counterpart, Ramanujan, with none of the…
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Culture, Stage Epitaph


"I wrote Nocturne as a monologue," said playwright Adam Rapp to the Boston Herald not long ago, "because I thought it would be harder to reject a play that only requires one actor." Well, it worked. The American Repertory Theater…
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Culture, Stage Shaky Landing

Shaky Landing

In one of his novels, I think it's The Tin Drum, Günter Grass takes a wry swipe at the writers of modish European minimalism who lined up behind Beckett after the Second World War to strip their stories of definite…
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News, South to the Future

South to the Future

December 1, 1999 CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Student leaders at Harvard University are demanding that the venerable institution abolish tuition fees for all undergraduates. Leaders of the movement for a no-cost Harvard education claim that the bullish economy has inflated the…
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The House of Tudor

At Jewish Music Wednesdays avant-garde jazz fusionists play musical hopscotch with klezmer traditionalists; elderly Persian Jews mingle with Berkeley neophytes learning their first syllables of Hebrew. The new music series -- planned for the second Wednesday of every month --…
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"Dealing Real"

The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce By Fred Goodman Times Books 431 pages, $25 In 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival, Dylan strapped on an electric guitar and drowned…
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