Bob Verini

Review: 'Nothing Sacred'

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Call them Yippies or punks or anarchists or nihilists, every age suffers those whose life mission is to tear down institutions and violate traditions. The archetype of the breed was created by Ivan…

Review: 'Nighthawks'

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Donna Marquet's setting looks right, but everything else goes wrong in Douglas Steinberg's clumsy dramatization of Edward Hopper's 1942 painting "Nighthawks." Some see despair, others menace in…

Review: 'Fences'

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Time has enhanced the luster of "Fences." Dozens of dysfunctional-family dramas have come and gone since its 1987 Pulitzer win, but August Wilson's tragedy of a working man at war with his family and…

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Review: 'Water & Power'

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Midway through the world premiere of "Water & Power" comes a lengthy scene so perfectly written, directed and played, so chilling and yet so hilarious, that it justifies the efforts of sketch comedy…

Review: 'Little Women'

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Louisa May Alcott would doubtless be perplexed by the alterations in tone and character perpetrated on her timeless classic by "Little Women -- The Broadway Musical." As a staunch advocate of youth…

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'Bleak House'

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When Brit scribe Andrew Davies sets out to bring a great work of fiction to the screen, he doesn't avoid watching previous versions so as not to be unduly influenced. Instead, he actively seeks them…

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'Sleeper Cell'

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Many hit shows -- "Lost," "Medium" -- grab us by exploiting our imagined fears. This year, "Sleeper Cell" sustained 10 hours of nail-biting suspense by playing off some very real ones.

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