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Review: ‘Bones’

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It’s one of the various pleasures of “Bones,” Peter Straughan’s imperfect but often edgily funny play, that a show so steeped in the movies should seem fully at home on stage. The second in an ad hoc trio of Hampstead Theater plays exploring issues of Jewish identity, “Bones” is at its least comfortable when most sententious.

Pantages gets ‘Producers’

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With “The Producers” locked in for a May 6-June 1, 2003, subscription run at the Pantages Theater, Broadway/L.A. will present a Tony winner, familiar pieces and a one-man show during the rest of its 2002-03 season.

Programming drives up cable bills 7.5%

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Consumers’ cable bills jumped by an average of 7.5% to $36.99 a month for the 12 months ending July 1, as cable companies cited higher programming costs as well as technological upgrades and inflation, the FCC said Thursday.

Tribeca plans preems

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The inaugural Tribeca Film Festival, running May 8-12, has scheduled 11 world premieres, five U.S. preems and 11 Gotham debuts.

Powell wants digital in fall

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Issuing his first major edict on the TV biz, Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Powell said Thursday he hopes to kickstart the digital age by asking nets to carry the majority of their 2002-03 primetime lineup in hi-def.

NBA playoffs dig Kravitz tune

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The National Basketball Assn. has engineered a deal with Virgin Records that will make Lenny Kravitz’s hit record “Dig In” the league’s anthem for the NBA playoff telecasts on NBC, TNT and TBS, which kick off later this month.