Author: ALLEN ELLENZWEIG

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By Allen Ellenzweig

If not a rousing paean to the doughboys of the Somme or the gay poets who loved them, Benediction has a steady, stately tempo, several sharply etched performances, and a visual richness to counter the mournful nostalgia it imparts.

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By Allen Ellenzweig

In this thoughtful double character study, and in the film’s examination of the personal costs of a draconian penal system, Great Freedom delivers not a neat Hollywood ending but a painful reflection on how an unyielding social order thwarts the human spirit.

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IT WAS EITHER kismet or dumb luck that the original production of The Boys in the Bandappeared Off-Broadway in 1968, the year before the Stonewall Riots. Everyoneof note seemed…More

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Afterglow is based in part on S. Asher Gelman’s own experience with an extra-marital relationship, shows that he can write strong individual scenes for his actors that have the ring of truth.

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In keeping with its name, Gently Down the Stream proceeds at a leisurely pace, but Gabriel Ebert’s hyperactive Rufus keeps the emotional narrative percolating. In the latter third of the play, the arrival of Harry as an unguarded, naïve artist seems to bring us right up to the present. But …

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WILLIAM FINN’S FALSETTOS, the AIDS-era musical now revived on Broadway, may be viewed by some as an odd period piece, by others as an operatic pastiche, a manipulative emotion-fest, or…More