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Mittwoch, Mai 16, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

I am a terrible speller. As a kid and as an adult, the idea of being in a spelling bee has always struck me as a specific form of torture. To be 10-years-old and a stage in front of a room full of people, with all your weaknesses only a thin facade away from exposure, would be a situation full of p... [More]

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Mittwoch, Mai 9, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Norah Jones is an extremely gifted musician. I feel I should just get that out of the way before delving much further into her performance at the Fox Theatre last week. I should also disclose that while her particular brand of jazz/folk/country is not my particular cup of tea, I did appreciate that ... [More]

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Dienstag, April 24, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

There are many advantages to small-town living: Low crime, a strong sense of community and the ability to weather a nuclear holocaust. It is the latter, if not least likely, reason that is the foundation of the premise of the new CBS drama "Jericho." "Jericho" debuted last fall and as the first sea... [More]

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Mittwoch, April 4, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

If the current trend continues, I suppose there will come a day when every movie ever made has been adapted into a Broadway musical. One of the more recent and successful incarnations of movie-to-musical is "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," now playing at the Fox Theatre through April 8. Taken from the 19... [More]

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Dienstag, März 6, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

I was not that big of a fan of the movie version of "Edward Scissorhands." This Tim Burton-directed fairy tale played out like remedial John Waters where an innocent young man with scissors for hands has trouble fitting in with white-bread suburbia. This heavy-handed one-note film had its moments bu... [More]

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Dienstag, März 6, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

David Fincher has the market cornered on being stylishly creepy. With movies like "Se7en" and "Panic Room" to his credit, the director can turn out a taut genre film and then elevate it by layering the movie with his distinctive directorial style. So with this pedigree it would seem a perfect fit fo... [More]

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Mittwoch, Februar 28, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes it is simply impossible to know the truth. That's why being in the audience for a work of fiction is so great; we know what's going on often when the characters themselves have no clue. We have become so conditioned to knowing what is going on that it is dangerous to leave the audience in ... [More]

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Mittwoch, Februar 7, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

In musical theater there is nothing new under the sun. In fact, some of the most recent and most successful musicals ("The Producers," "Spamalot") have become so by poking fun at the convention and formulaic quality of the modern musical. The charming new production "The Light in the Piazza" certain... [More]

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Dienstag, Januar 16, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Jack is back and the world is a little bit safer. Actually that's not true. Jack is back and a lot of stuff is going to explode, a lot of terrorists are going to get shot, somebody's totally going to get tortured for information — and then the world will be a little bit safer. Just another day... [More]

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Mittwoch, Januar 10, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Scandinavia has always struck me as an odd place. Strange accents, long winters and musically they seem only capable of producing either sugary, bubble-gum pop or intensely over-serious heavy metal. A strange combination, indeed. Yet it was in pop music where the Thor of the Scandinavian music scene... [More]