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Capsule Stage Reviews: March 26, 2015

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat If you're feeling a bit sleepy when Joseph begins, don't worry, the show will slap you awake fast. And hard. This is the most frenetic show in memory, fast-paced, constantly on the go and terrifically cheesy. Nobody and nothing stops. Ever. ...

Capsule Art Reviews: March 26, 2015

"Paintings" In his new "Paintings" exhibit at Hiram Butler Gallery, acrylic artist Brooke Stroud calls upon both the known and the unknown, producing rectangular nature-inspired abstracts with saturated gradations of hue, punctuated by blocks of color. Two of his strongest pieces, 2015's B...

Merchants of Doubt Reveals a Country Eager to Be Fooled

The Amazing Randi insists that the public wants to be fooled, that it's easier and more comforting for us not to see unromantic truths — you can see him proclaiming this, a little sadly, in Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom's doc An Honest Liar, which plays like a companion pi...

Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for "Brain-Dead"

We're two films into the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it's still unclear if the sequel's director, three screenwriters, eight producers and especially original novelist Veronica Roth have bothered to double-check a dictionary. Divergent, and now this new sequel, In...

Kevin Hart’s Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard From Its Uncomfortable Homophobia

Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a spoon that's almost-but-not-yet sharpened into a shiv. With just a little more effort, it could kill.

Judging by the poster, in which...

Capsule Stage Review: March 19, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Dream Written circa 1595, probably immediately after Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare at his most magical. Full of moonbeams and gossamer, it seems written on cobweb. Combining ancient myth, folklore and pastoral romance, the master ...

Capsule Art Reviews: March 19, 2015

"Mel Chin: Rematch" For the next few months, Houston-born and raised Mel Chin will be taking up practically the whole art atmosphere of the city with his 40-year retrospective. It's a progressive art feast so big that it takes four museums to hold it all. And as a special treat for hometown f...

A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep

Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's out-of-time masterwork Winter Sleep, a Chekhovian drama of marriage and class and the way both can inspire insulated cluele...

Russia, a Whale and a Way of Life Molder in Leviathan

Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That's the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev's somber, sturdily elegant drama Leviathan, in which a mechanic who has lived on the same parcel of land all his life — as his father and grandfather did before him — ...

Mike Tyson's Champs and the History of Fighting

'Mark Twain said boxing is the only sport where a slave, if he's successful, can rub shoulders with royalty," says former heavyweight Mike Tyson, who once knocked out 19 opponents in a row. "Can you imagine that? Just by fighting another human being, he can meet a king, a prince, a queen, eat at the...

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