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Medea Goes to Jail

Less of a Drag: Tyler Perry still oversimplifies.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Feb 26,2009 - Heaven help me, Madea is starting to grow on me. In Tyler Perry´s latest adaptation of one of his innumerable stage productions, his giant, pistol-packing alter egowho always felt randomly assembled beforehas grown here into a larger-than-life force of nature that is genuinely funny.

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He's Just Not That Into You

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - Based on the dating-advice book of the same name, this would-be romantic comedy has been sitting on the shelf for a year and a half ...

Film Reviews

Cinema | No Austin-tation: South by Southwest gives the film-fest experience a populist spin

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Mar 19,2008 - You know how, when you’re a kid, you assume all families are more or less like yours, and then you spend the night at a friend’s house and discover that your family is actually peculiar in some ways? That’s how it was for me when I went...

Arts & Entertainment

Slinging Ink at Glass Houses

A local journalistic casualty deconstructs the pulpy fictions of The Fabulist.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When Stephen Glass was fired from The New Republic in 1998 for fabricating elements of his news stories, I was struck with an amusing idea. What if someday he writes a book about his experiences? And what if I arrange it so that I, too, am fired from...

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A Room With a Clue

Puzzling out Madagascar is half the thrill of watching it.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - One is not heartened to learn that the evening’s theater fare will consist of three actors speaking in monologues, as one knows that this is often the recipe for pretension and boredom. But one’s mind is changed upon realizing the playwright...

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Burden of the Beast

PTC’s attempt at Disney is admirable, but the show’s just too big.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It is near the end of the first act—fully 75 minutes into the show—that Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast finally begins to gel. The occasion is “Be Our Guest,” a magnificent show-stopping...

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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If Oscar Wilde never cast a man as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, it’s only because he didn’t have Max Robinson at his disposal. With all due respect to the other marvelous performances Robinson has given over the years,...

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Semi-Epic

Babcock Theatre stages an impressive first half of Angels in America.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Tony Kushner’s two-part, six-hour Angels in America is an urgent drama that examines AIDS, sexuality, religion and politics, all set in the Reagan-era, greed-centric America of the mid-’80s. That someone would even try to write a play addressing...

Arts & Entertainment

Wedded Blitz

The Maiden’s Prayer is much better when it sticks to the laughs.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Those of us who have ever clung unreasonably to a failed romance can relate most deeply to Nicky Silver’s The Maiden’s Prayer, now being staged by Pygmalion Productions Theatre Company. Luckily for the show, that group includes … oh,...

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Lord of the Dance

Pioneer Theatre Company lures you into the stylized dazzle of West Side Story.

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The first thing anyone does in Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of West Side Story is light up a cigarette like a tough guy. The second thing anyone does is start dancing, and not like a tough guy, either. The speed with which these images are...
 
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