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Review: The Ghost Writer

How odd that the two latest films by two of the world's greatest living filmmakers should be adaptations of bestsellers set on islands off the coast of Massachusetts.
Competent but dull
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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You'll die laughing

What happens when that levity becomes the modus operandi, so constant that relief actually comes in breakthroughs of genuine grief or anger?
The Players' Ring explores attitudes about dying
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 19, 2007
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Presidency of the absurd

In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 01, 2007
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Life is a highway

The fates of several Devil’s Elbow residents hang on the fate of an entrance ramp-to-be.
And Devil's Elbow is in the way
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 01, 2007
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The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Up to now the War in Iraq has differed from Vietnam in one respect: no black comedy.
Underscoring the insanity
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2007
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Royal pain

Every tragedy reaches a point where mourning turns to kitsch. Watch the trailer for The Queen (QuickTime)
Mirren and Frears save The Queen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007


Next generation

Are you or the kids feeling pent up?
Building new theatrical performers at Acorn
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 17, 2007
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Stamping grounds

Theresa Rebeck’s new Mauritius makes philately seem almost as exciting as the activity it sounds like.
Mauritius ; Stuff Happens ; 9 Parts of Desire  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 24, 2006
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All in the family

A therapist can't babble, Lawrence Kimball tells us.
The Lanyard deftly handles dysfunction
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 02, 2006
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Kofi Annan’s would-be successors

Au revoir, Kofi Annan. Your term as United Nations secretary-general may run through this year, but you’re as good as gone.
Who ’ s got next?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 26, 2006
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More mush from the wimps

The reaction to the call by Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to censure President Bush for violating national law by conducting warrantless domestic surveillance clearly demonstrates two things.
Shame on Democrats who fail to support Feingold’s call for censure
By EDITORIAL  |  March 29, 2006