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Capsule Stage Reviews: March 26, 2015

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat If you’re feeling a bit sleepy when Joseph begins, don’t worry, the show will slap you awake fast. And hard. This is the most frenetic show in memory, fast-paced, constantly on the go and terrifically cheesy. Nobody and nothing stops. Ever. … Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: March 26, 2015

“Paintings” In his new “Paintings” exhibit at Hiram Butler Gallery, acrylic artist Brooke Stroud calls upon both the known and the unknown, producing rectangular nature-inspired abstracts with saturated gradations of hue, punctuated by blocks of color. Two of his strongest pieces, 2015’s B… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Merchants of Doubt Reveals a Country Eager to Be Fooled

The Amazing Randi insists that the public wants to be fooled, that it’s easier and more comforting for us not to see unromantic truths — you can see him proclaiming this, a little sadly, in Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s doc An Honest Liar, which plays like a companion pi… Full News here – Houston […]

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Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for “Brain-Dead”

We’re two films into the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it’s still unclear if the sequel’s director, three screenwriters, eight producers and especially original novelist Veronica Roth have bothered to double-check a dictionary. Divergent, and now this new sequel, In… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Kevin Hart’s Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard From Its Uncomfortable Homophobia

Get Hard, Etan Cohen’s comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a spoon that’s almost-but-not-yet sharpened into a shiv. With just a little more effort, it could kill. Judging by the poster, in which… Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Boiling Point Players: Get Lucky Cabaret

The Boiling Point Players are feeling lucky, and they want you to feel lucky, too, so much so that their upcoming cabaret, Get Lucky, is centered around the concept. Boiling Point Players co-founder Melanie Martin said the one-night-only performance was inspired by St. Patrick&rsqu… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Review: March 19, 2015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Written circa 1595, probably immediately after Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare at his most magical. Full of moonbeams and gossamer, it seems written on cobweb. Combining ancient myth, folklore and pastoral romance, the master … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: March 19, 2015

“Mel Chin: Rematch” For the next few months, Houston-born and raised Mel Chin will be taking up practically the whole art atmosphere of the city with his 40-year retrospective. It’s a progressive art feast so big that it takes four museums to hold it all. And as a special treat for hometown f… Full News […]

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A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep

Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I’ve rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s out-of-time masterwork Winter Sleep, a Chekhovian drama of marriage and class and the way both can inspire insulated cluele… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Russia, a Whale and a Way of Life Molder in Leviathan

Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That’s the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s somber, sturdily elegant drama Leviathan, in which a mechanic who has lived on the same parcel of land all his life — as his father and grandfather did before him — … Full News here – Houston […]

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Mike Tyson’s Champs and the History of Fighting

‘Mark Twain said boxing is the only sport where a slave, if he’s successful, can rub shoulders with royalty,” says former heavyweight Mike Tyson, who once knocked out 19 opponents in a row. “Can you imagine that? Just by fighting another human being, he can meet a king, a prince, a queen, eat at the… […]

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The Gunman Pretends to Be More Serious Than Taken, But Is Just As Silly

In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He’s been in training to look this age for a long time. Even as a relative kid, in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, his sailor-on-shore-leave mug had a wry, quizzical roughness to it; it… Full News here – […]

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In Geezer Shoot-‘em-Up Run All Night, Liam Neeson Gets Us Hooked on His Misery

Jaume Collet-Serra’s Run All Night, a shoot-‘em-up about an out-to-pasture hit man desperate to keep his boss and best friend from whacking his son, is humid with testosterone. It’s the sort of film where a woman accidentally caught by the camera practically apologizes and scurries … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Review: March 12, 2015

The Skin of Our Teeth How much poorer would the American theater be without the riches of Thornton Wilder? A world without Our Town or The Matchmaker is unthinkable. A place without The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) would be darker still. Wilder called Skin — the … Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: March 12, 2015

“Mel Chin: Rematch” For the next few months, Houston-born and raised Mel Chin will be taking up practically the whole art atmosphere of the city with his 40-year retrospective. It’s a progressive art feast so big that it takes four museums to hold it all. And as a special treat for hometown f… Full News […]

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