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Theatre Review (Philadelphia): ‘Informed Consent’ by Deborah Zoe Laufer at Lantern Theater Company

Based on a true story of medical science vs. Native American beliefs, Laufer's play creates a too-simplistic binary picture of the issues, though the production is worth seeing for its excellent staging and acting.

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ Starring Melissa Errico at the Irish Repertory Theatre

The director and cast have wisely kept the slenderized production intimate and "close to the hearth," helped by handsome artistic design and fine musical direction. The character portrayals are down-to-earth and heartfelt amidst an energy and joyful vibrance that is contagious and encourages us to soar spiritually.

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Concert Review: Yoshiki Classical Special with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Yoshiki has used emotional trauma as the raw material to build the rest of his life and art. It also serves as the centerpiece of his Classical Special show, which, like his concerts with X Japan, has a resonant energy that remains with one long after the program has ended.

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Theater Review (Broadway): ‘The Present’ with Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh

Blanchett's Anna is as complex a lost soul as Broadway is likely to host this season, her yellow-hot energy as vital and clamorous when she's fuming in silence at the dinner table as when she's swooping in desperate high spirits from friend to friend in Act I. Roxburgh, in the most central role, is just as compelling.

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Holden’ from George & Co. Takes on the Mysteries of Salinger

If you have some tolerance for the avant-garde and the unexplained, 'Holden' will be well worth your time. The actors and creative team of George & Co. have put their heart, soul, and blood into a powerful imaginative portrait of the psyche of one of literature's most fascinating characters, J.D. Salinger.

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