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By Corrie Glanville FILMS Moby Dick (1956)  Although there are numerous film adaptations including a recent television mini-series with William Hurt and Ethan Hawke, John Huston’s 1956 Moby Dick might arguably be considered the definitive version. With a screenplay by Huston and sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, the film starred Richard Basehart as Ishmael and beloved Hollywood star Gregory Peck as the tortured Captain Ahab. The story may have been streamlined from Melville’s giant, rambling novel, but…

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By Alyssa Mulligan At the start of Henrik Ibsen’s iconic play A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer is portrayed as an empty-minded twittering “lark”: frivolously spending money, secretly nibbling on macaroons and endlessly looking for ways to please her husband.  Much like her father considered her, Torvald Helmer views his wife as property, a plaything… in essence, a doll.  Or as Nora phrases it, she was first her father’s “doll-child” and then Torvald’s “doll-wife.”  Of course,…

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by Corrie Glanville FILMS A Doll’s House (1972) While this version may look a bit dated since it is essentially a filmed play, it is worth watching for the extraordinary performances of its celebrated British cast. With  a deft adaptation by Christopher Hampton that remains faithful to the original text, the film conveys the sense of confinement and suffocation Nora experiences, which eventually pushes her to break with all she has known. Sir Ralph Richardson plays…

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By Sara Bookin-Weiner “This is the most important part of Angel Reapers,” director/choreographer Martha Clarke tells me, “—the dogs are happy.” She then feeds her two adoring Pomeranians each a treat. She’s clearly kidding, and I quickly realize it’s difficult to say what the most important part is of this new “Shaker musical.” In collaboration with Pulitzer, Academy and Tony Award-winning writer Alfred Uhry, MacArthur Genius Clarke’s theatrical combination of song, dance and storytelling showcases…

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