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Director From Zimbabwe Theater Finds “Magic” at McCarter

If Patience Tawengwa could lift McCarter Theatre from it’s perch on University Place and deposit it in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she co-directs a dramatic arts organization called Almasi, she would…

Thomas Pynchon With the Wind in His Sails: In “Bleeding Edge” New York Is “The Real Story”

Thirty chapters into Thomas Pynchon’s new novel, Bleeding Edge (Penguin $28.95 ), the familiar voice that has been riffing on “ghost stops on abandoned subway lines” and girls “whose fashion…

Hetty Baiz Animal Portraits On View at Bernstein Gallery

A dozen large scale paintings by local artist Hetty Baiz comprise the exhibition, “Nonhuman Animals: Eat, Test, Love,” the first of this year’s season at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Bernstein…

Detective Story, Relationship Play, Mathematician’s Delight; 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winner “Proof” Opens McCarter Season

How do you make a play about mathematicians and a mathematical proof comprehensible and interesting to a general audience? Ask David Auburn the playwright and Emily Mann the director of…

Prisoners: Parents, Police Search for Kidnapped Kids in Mesmerizing Mystery

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is a rugged outdoorsman and a family man with deep roots in rural Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Grace (Maria Bello), are raising their children, 6-year-old…

Art On View in Princeton 9/18/13

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“Strangest of All Strange Companions” — D.H. Lawrence and September 11

David Herbert Lawrence was born on this day, September 11, 1885, in the mining town of Eastwood, near Nottingham. He died March 2, 1930, some seven decades before the terrorist…

Thought-Provoking Photography Show Opens at Princeton University Art Museum

With a camera in every cell phone and a cell phone in practically every pocket, photographs are no longer what they used to be. An individual image can take on…

Riddick: Vin Diesel Reprises Role in Science Fiction Adventure

When we first met Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) in Pitch Black, the notorious criminal had been arrested by a bounty hunter and was being transported to prison when the…

Remembering Julie Harris, Elia Kazan’s Angel and James Dean’s Guiding Light

I doubt that Jimmy would ever have got through East of Eden (1955) except for an angel on our set. Her name was Julie Harris and she was goodness itself…