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Two feminist plays ponder modern lives

One play borrows from the Theater of the Absurd. The other opts for naturalism — except that its characters include mermaids. Two mettlesome productions from feminist-leaning companies are pondering hard realities in the lives of modern women. The plays take drastically different approaches, but e
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How the Midwest went from the idealized to derided

Last week I was reading The Washington Post’s obituary of conservative power broker Roger Ailes and paused at this sentence about the disgraced head of Fox News: “He told a biographer that his dream for America was that it be allowed to return to its best self, which he put in the Midwest in abo
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From fame to shame: Playmate to do time scrubbing graffiti

LOS ANGELES — Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.The firestorm of criticism that erupted after the Playboy model post
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The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed ‘sophistication’

MANCHESTER, England — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night raised the nation’s threat level and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events, saying another attack “may be imminent” following a bombing Monday night that left 22 people dead.
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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 trailer has arrived and ‘the great war is here’

The Season 7 “Game of Thrones” trailer is here and you know what that means: Fans are losing their minds. Not that the teaser tells us anything we don’t already know. Here are some of the highlights, most of which could have appeared in any of the season’s trailers:The whole thing ends with
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In ‘Shtum,’ parents wreck their home to find a better one for their autistic son

To write a novel about someone who has severe autism is to grapple with a paradox. After all, severe autism repels language, turns it chaotic or, in the case of autistic mut­ism, simply absorbs it wholesale, as a black hole does light. This hasn’t, of course, kept fiction writers from regularly u
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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake is just going through the motions

You will not have the time of your life watching ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” musical. It is neither good nor deliciously bad. It is a banal three-hour time-suck that manages to feel both rushed and drawn out.“Dirty Dancing” was a box-office hit in 1987, and its enduring popularity has spawned a
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Our expectations for a Venom movie were low. Then Tom Hardy was cast.

A collective fanboy scream of joy was heard all over the Internet after it was announced that Marvel Studios would co-produce new “Spider-Man” movies with Sony. But Sony’s ambitious goals of a connected, live-action, Spider-Man movie universe need more than just a quick fix from Marvel to suc
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Zack Snyder turns over ‘Justice League’ to Joss Whedon after daughter’s suicide

COME NOVEMBER, fans and reviewers will likely see WB/DC’s Justice League” and weigh the work as directed by Zack Snyder and completed by Joss Whedon. The wheels of commerce and criticism will demand it.But for the moment, out of respect and sympathy, let us set aside the deep preoccupation with
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Dina Merrill, actress and philanthropist of aristocratic poise, dies at 93

Dina Merrill, an actress whose aristocratic poise and willowy good looks earned her many film and TV roles as well-bred society women — parts that reflected her own life as a scion of two of America’s richest families — died May 22 at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.The cause was Lew
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