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Parallel worlds

Playwright Karen Zacarias would seem to have taken long drafts of Tom Stoppard Elixir.
Legacy of Light at the Lyric; Not Enough Air from Nora; The Island of Slaves from Orfeo Group
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2010
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Review: Jerichow

In Germany, as in America, it seems that the price of postage is rising.
Disastrous, but unexpected
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 03, 2009
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Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009
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Pulp fiction

The forbidding, remorseless Russell Banks has finally conceded to popular literature.
Russell Banks dips into the mainstream in The Reserve
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2008
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Not about heroes

Guns and cocoa butter are the subjects of George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 Arms and the Man , the first of the great Irish contrarian’s “Plays Pleasant.”
Lyric Stage’s Arms and the Man ; Gold Dust Orphans’ The Milkman Always Comes Twice
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 10, 2007

The Paris Review Interview, Vol. 1 introduction by Philip Gourevitch


Picador, 524 pages, $16
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2006


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Med noir

It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
By DANA KLETTER  |  April 27, 2006