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How the Other Half Loves. Alan Ayckbourn's acidic, class-conscious 1969 comedy explores the collateral damage of an affair, leavening bitterness with laughter. The posh wife (Sylvia Kratins) of an absentminded executive (Jeff Garrett) carries on a tryst with his boorish…
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Calendar, Night&Day She's No Angel

She's No Angel

People love to sugarcoat the problems of singers. France's most famous female singer, Edith Piaf, usually comes in for especially ridiculous treatment. People constantly say unbelievably idiotic things about her, such as "Her rise to iconic stardom was not without…
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Culture, Encore

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Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish New DVDs:<i> The Princess Bride, Killer of Sheep, Innocence, La Vie en Rose</i>

New DVDs: The Princess Bride, Killer of Sheep, Innocence, La Vie en Rose

The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is crushingly disappointing: no Rob Reiner commentary track, no outtakes, no making-of doc, no nothing, save for a lousy game and a few short…
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Film, Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Uplifted beyond its merits by a stunning performance from Marion Cotillard, the humdrum biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie En Rose, jogs obligingly along with Piaf the legend rather than the woman. It's not hard to do, given the fuzzy…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

You may not recognize him by name, but any child born between 1950 and 1980 will recognize the work of Ray Harryhausen. It was his low-budget stop-motion techniques that gave movies like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen As the "Sparrow" Flies

As the "Sparrow" Flies

FRI 12/19 Abandonment at birth, homelessness during her teens, drug and alcohol abuse, and, of course, an early death: These are just a few of the hardships that helped seal Edith Piaf's reputation as one of the world's most renowned…
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The House of Tudor

Thee Headcoatees are to Thee Headcoats as the Milkboilers are to the Milkshakes and the Delmonas are to Thee Mighty Caesars -- a female-driven conveyance (comprised primarily of the Headcoats' sweethearts) for Billy Childish's hyperkinetic songwriting bumper crop. Since 1997's…
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