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Review: ‘Strange Fruit’

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Intended as a thoughtful examination of depression and despair among the economically disadvantaged, "Strange Fruit" proves too diffuse and elliptical to be of more than academic interest. Subject…

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Review: ‘Mary Pickford’

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She was the first pop culture icon who took shape through cinema, the first Hollywood actress to produce her own pictures, the first screen queen to truly merit the label "superstar." Twenty-six…

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Review: ‘Beauty Shop’

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Queen Latifah struts her stuff with ingratiating verve in "Beauty Shop," a sunny and sassy comedy that somehow manages to breathe fresh life into familiar stereotypes and stock situations. A spin-off…

Review: ‘The Crucible’

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The show must go on, of course, even if the playwright you're honoring passes away midway through a two-play tribute. So the Alley Theater is soldiering on with its presentation of Arthur Miller's…

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Review: ‘Robots’

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Despite a script with more second-hand parts than many of its title characters, "Robots" inspires sufficient wonderment to impress as spectacle and generates enough guffaws to score with every aud…

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