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Appreciation: Anne Bancroft

She lay down on the bed, and her svelte leg made an inverted V, framing poor Benjamin Braddock. Against the bleak will of such a woman, the young man was no...

Theater: Fail, Britannia!

It's an idea so commercially shrewd and creatively dubious that you naturally assume it came from an American. But it was British playwright and director Terry...

CINEMA: LEFTOVER LIVES

Men stray from domesticity and tend to die prematurely. Women are victimized by both of these predilections and devote their leftover lives to regrets,...

Cinema: At Sea in Manhattan

THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE Directed by MELVIN FRANK Screenplay by NEIL SIMON On the inauspicious occasion of this movie's debut, condolences again to the...

Theater: Dreamscapes

MYSTERY OF THE ROSE BOUQUET by Manuel Puig In Kiss of the Spider Woman, the novel of two mismatched prison inmates that became an Oscar-winning film, Manuel Puig...

Theater: Excess Emoting

DUET FOR ONE by Tom Kempinski Music may be a universal language, but theater is not. Any British play receiving a U.S. production can find not only its accent...

Cinema: Grossed Out

FATSO Directed and Written by Anne Bancroft This is at least an original—the first movie in which the drama derives mainly from an overweight individual's...

Cinema: Don't Put Your Drama Onscreen

Let the mid-cult trumpets be raised: Hollywood is stagestruck again. Children of a Lesser God corrals five Oscar nominations; Crimes of the Heart blossoms into a...

Cinema: Gotta Dance

THE TURNING POINT Directed by Herbert Ross Screenplay by Arthur Laurents You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you—with...

Theater: Banked Fire

GOLDA by William Gibson Golda is a conscientious, reverential, monumental bore. The real Golda Meir should sue. William Gibson has written this play on the...

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