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'Ballyturk' review: Enda Walsh's life-and-death puzzle

“You know you’re missing out on something,” blares an ’80s pop hit during Enda Walsh’s “Ballyturk.” Frankly, it’s easy to relate to that lyric during this 2014 play, directed by author. There are flashes when it’s funny and sad. But ...

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‘John Lithgow: Stories By Heart’ review: sweet but slight

Midway through his sweet but slight solo Broadway show, “Stories By Heart,” John Lithgow addressed the audience. “Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to tuck in my shirt,” he said. “Sadly, that may be the most memorable moment of ...

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‘Disco Pigs’ review: Enda Walsh breakout play at Irish Rep

Talk about a teenage wasteland. When it comes to Enda Walsh’s star-making work “Disco Pigs,” that’s an apt description for the lives of the play’s adolescent inhabitants. It also describes the grimy, gray, charred-looking setting created for the gripping 20th ...

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‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ review: a puzzling patchwork

It’s alive! But not kicking. “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” is a theatrical monster mash-up that’s easy to admire for ambition, but less so in execution. Presented by the media-merging Ensemble for the Romantic Century, author Eve Wolf’s performance piece draws links ...

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‘In the Fade’ review: Diane Kruger raw, real in revenge thriller

Diane Kruger’s raw, real-as-it-gets performance as a grieving woman bent on vengeance in the German thriller “In the Fade” grabs from the get-go and never lets loose its grip. The movie, directed by Fatih Akin, not so much. It can’t ...

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AG Jeff Sessions orders review of Obama’s Hezbollah drug probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday called for a review of a law enforcement program targeting drug trafficking by Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group that was reportedly hindered by the Obama administration. The initiative, dubbed “Project Cassandra,” was launched in 2008 ...

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‘Father Figures’ review: a tone-deaf borderline hostage situation

“Father Figures” is a movie, yes. But it would be more accurate to describe the listless, low-energy and profoundly unentertaining experience as a nearly two-hour borderline hostage situation. The protagonists are fraternal twins Peter (Ed Helms) and Kyle (Owen Wilson). ...

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‘Farinelli and the King’ review: Mark Rylance returns to Broadway

“Farinelli and the King” follows Spain’s Phillipe V, an 18th century monarch who was out of his mind, and an Italian castrato, whose singing was out of this world. So much so that Farinelli’s ethereal voice eased the ruler’s debilitating ...

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'The Children' review: Doomsday drama opens on Broadway

First comes the reunion. Then, the reckoning. So it goes in “The Children,” a slow-moving but ultimately thought-provoking and haunting drama about legacies and how the past always catches up with the present. Playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s setting is England, where ...

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'Describe the Night' review: Rajiv Joseph traces history and lies

Except for a bizarre scene involving soup laced with blood-engorged leeches, Rajiv Joseph’s “Describe the Night” is an ambitious but anemic drama. Set in Russia, East Germany and Poland, the play at the Atlantic Theater spans nine decades streaked with ...

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