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It Hurts So Good — Sid Caesar and The Essence of Laughter

Fabulous creations, beings whose authority and raison d’être cannot be drawn from the code of common sense, often provoke in us an insane and excessive mirth, which expresses itself in…

Tasha O’Neill’s Down East Photography “Mainely Delights” At Nassau Presbyterian

Since 1993, fine art photographer Tasha O’Neill has pondered the beauties of coastal landscapes on annual trips to Maine, where the Down East home she shares with her husband sits…

It’s Linguistics and Love in Julia Cho’s “Language Archive;” Intime Production Shows That Words Just Can’t Bridge the Gaps

The central dilemma and reigning irony of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, is that George, a linguist, scholar and preserver of dead and dying languages, can’t come up with the…

Repentance: Thriller Traces a Grief Stricken Man’s Descent Into Insanity

Therapist Dr. Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has just published a popular self-help book that is about the near death experience that helped him turn his life around. He is proud…

Watching Shirley Temple’s Breakthrough Film and Finding a Fallen Star

She totally disarms you — she lifts you off your feet. —H.G. Wells, circa. 1934 Wells’s choice of words is curious, since Shirley Temple was usually the one being lifted…

Basil Alkazzi Exhibition at Rider Art Gallery Banishes Winter With Warm Sensual Images

Are contemporary artists eschewing the secular and returning to the metaphysical? For the philosophically minded, that might well be the question prompted by Rider University Art Gallery’s current exhibition of…

About Last Night: Kevin Hart Spearheads Remake of Romantic Romp

Released in 1986, About Last Night was about two Chicago yuppies (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) who tried to forge a solid relationship that began with a casual…

On Lincoln’s Birthday — What a Play Shakespeare Might Have Written

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew Shakespeare by heart. It wasn’t just that he could recite long passages from Hamlet and Macbeth and Richard III, or that he felt compelled to regale…

Munch Masterworks From MoMA Now On View at PU Art Museum

“Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print: Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art, New York” opened Saturday at the Princeton University Art Museum. The show features 26 of the artist’s most…

Winter’s Tale: Cat Burglar Courts Sickly Heiress and Pledges Undying Love

Peter Lake’s (Colin Farrell) parents had hoped to immigrate to the U.S. but were turned away at Ellis Island upon their arrival early in the 20th century. Although they weren’t…