Monthly Archives: June 2008

EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Gideon Koppel’s ‘Sleep Furiously

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Lyrical and haunting, Gideon Koppel’s documentary feature “Sleep Furiously” is a love letter to a way of life in rural Wales that is fast disappearing. It is filled with images of the faces and hands … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Leo Tolstoy’s story of compulsive jealousy set to the disturbing chords of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “The Kreutzer Sonata” is given a lurid screen treatment by British director Bernard Rose. Danny Huston plays a wealthy and … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘Death Defying Acts’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Gillian Armstrong’s “Death Defying Acts” is a tale of illusion and self-delusion in which the great magician Harry Houdini becomes in thrall to a beautiful woman who is the spitting image of his late mother. … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘The Edge of Love’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH — A poet, a warrior and their two lovers form a complicated quartet in John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love,” a story of wartime romance in which fidelity and trust are put to the strictest test. … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Dickens Unplugged’

By Ray Bennett Sometimes all you want at the theater is a good time, and that’s just what’s on offer with “Dickens Unplugged,” a witty and agreeable show from one of the founders of London’s long-running spoof “The Complete Works … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Neil LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Neil LaBute’s social comedy “Fat Pig” could easily be titled “Skinny Weasel” because it deals with a young man in love with a pretty but very large young woman and who lacks the self-confidence to … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Michel Legrand’s ‘Marguerite’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Singing Nazis are a tough sell unless its Mel Brooks producing laughs. So when the German officer in love with the title character in the new musical “Marguerite” starts to sing about his broken heart, … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: Duffy at the Shepherds Bush Empire

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Aimee Anne Duffy, who goes by just her last name, showed why she’s the latest hot young British singer-songwriter with a chance to build a lasting career with a sold-out first gig Wednesday at the … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Pygmalion’ at the Old Vic

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle were wrapped up in romance so convincingly in “My Fair Lady” that it’s bracing to rediscover that Bernard Shaw’s original play, “Pygmalion,” was so tart and biting. Directed by … Continue reading

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‘Gone With the Wind’ musical to close

By Ray Bennett LONDON — To no one’s great surprise, Trevor Nunn’s West End production of a new musical version of “Gone With the Wind” will soon be just that and plans for a New York production have been shelved. … Continue reading

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