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'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend

'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Playwright Theresa Rebeck invites us to spend a lousy weekend in a country house with two middle-aged couples as they argue, swill bad wine, eat disgusting muffins and argue some more.

The author of “Seminar” and “The Understudy,” among a dozen other plays, Rebeck calls her latest dark comedy “Poor Behavior,” but I call it a rather dreary time.

Currently at the Duke on 42nd Street, “Poor Behavior” presents a familiar modern-day story about two couples, longstanding friends, who get too close for comfort one weekend.

The play opens late and drunk one evening as Ella (Katie Kreisler), the hostess, furiously debates with Ian (Brian Avers), her blustering Irish guest, about the worth of goodness and personal morality. Peter (Jeff Biehl), the mild-mannered host, and Maureen (Heidi Armbruster), Ian’s tightly-wound wife, glassily observe them.

 

THE GIVER: Not by the Book, but Worth a Look

THE GIVER: Not by the Book, but Worth a Look
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

As I write this, it’s hard to drown out the chorus of carping voices complaining that the movie version of THE GIVER is a pale attempt to bring this...

2015 SummerSlam: 5 Things to Know

2015 SummerSlam:  5 Things to Know
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Summerslam 2014 took place at the Staples Center in California for the sixth year in a row Sunday night. The Summerslam storylines usually set the tone for WWE’s road t...

'When the Game Stands Tall' Movie Review: Team-First Theme Should Resonate As High School Football Season Opens

'When the Game Stands Tall' Movie Review: Team-First Theme Should Resonate As High School Football Season Opens
BY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The high school football season is nearly upon us, and New Jersey holds its own, particularly in the Northeast, in several national preseason polls. As many alums o...

'Revolution In the Elbow ...' Off Broadway Review: An Oddball Epic

'Revolution In the Elbow ...' Off Broadway Review: An Oddball Epic
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A curious piece of musical bric-a-brac, “Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter” is perched at the Minetta Lane Theater, although one doub...

MOVIE REVIEW: Sequel "The Trip to Italy" Even More Fun

MOVIE REVIEW: Sequel
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you can’t get to Italy this year, Michael Winterbottom’s film “The Trip to Italy” is almost as rewarding. Albeit vicariously, you will certainly eat m...

'Phoenix' Off Broadway Review: Burn, Baby, Burn

'Phoenix' Off Broadway Review: Burn, Baby, Burn
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One wonders whether “Phoenix,” like the mythological creature, would emerge from the ashes as a far better play if one could only burn Scott Organ’s lousy script...

'King Lear' Off Broadway Review: Disappointment at the Delacorte

'King Lear' Off Broadway Review: Disappointment at the Delacorte
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

King Lear and I go back a long way. “King Lear” was my first experience with Shakespeare. I met Lear at the Stratford Festival when I was nine years old and he w...

Things to know about Jay-Z's Mom's restaurant in Newark

Things to know about Jay-Z's Mom's restaurant in Newark
BY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEWARK -  Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, opened up a new restaurant in Newark last month that she co-owns with two others. The new café and lounge called Diamo...

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