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2009 April

April 2009

I’ve never been involved in a bank heist but if I were, I could never be tasked with the role of Getaway Driver.  I can’t navigate with any certainty when the car is required to do above 30 mph on a city street.  Ask me to drive at break-neck speed through urban obstacles and then [...]

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Take a preacher looking for a flock, a flock looking for a preacher, one “Good” sister, one “Bad” sister, a snooty churchwoman trying to bring down a house of cards and a housekeeper who’d give Alice a run for her money, set it all in the dry, hot Dust Bowl of Depression-Era Florida and you’ve [...]

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After interviewing Dorothy Fortenberry and Josh Conkel last week about  Caitlin and the Swan I was ready for anything.  A shocking comedy, a satirical poke at the female-friendship meme, a sly wink that came with a taboo nod, or perhaps even a mish-mash of Animal Farm, The Seagull, and Babe, Pig in the City.  What [...]

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Dr. …. Who?

by Karen Tortora-Lee April 20, 2009 Television

I like to think I’m pretty up on things when it comes to pop-culture. Armed just with a subscription to Entertainment Weekly and a healthy curiosity about all things Hollywood I’ve been able to fake my way through DOZENS of conversations through the years. I once had an 8 year old’s mother (who brought her [...]

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A Play Takes Flight – The Making Of “Caitlin And The Swan”

by Karen Tortora-Lee April 15, 2009 Interviews

It was shocking, that first time in high school English class when my very Catholic, very quick-to-giggle sophomore class was taken through a reading of William Butler Yeats’ Leda and the Swan: A sudden blow: the great wings beating still // Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed // By the dark webs, her nape [...]

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An Open Letter To Cirque Du Soleil: I’ll Start Coming To Your Shows When You Stop Naming Them After Your Pets – OR – Kooza? Seriously?

by Karen Tortora-Lee April 8, 2009 Theatre

I can not, as a proud adult woman, BEAR to pick up the phone and say to ANYONE “Hello, may I purchase 2 tickets to Kooza, please?” It’s just so … undignified. But say Stephen got them for me, because he has no trouble saying any word in any language, be it real, made up, or [...]

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Try Some Now – The Crown Point Spring Sampler

by Karen Tortora-Lee April 6, 2009 Deals

In the Fall you’ll be able to feast on all the goodness that is the Crown Point Festival: a three week multi-media arts event that incorporates Film, Theatre and Music happenings all over the Lower East Side.  But for now, just like when you do a tasting for your wedding, The CPF is having a [...]

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