Nor'easter headed to NYC for the holiday week

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(Credit: Baby, it's cold outside. (Getty))

Thanksgiving travelers in the New York City can expect a most unwelcome guest this holiday: A Nor'easter expected to hit the region at full force on the busiest traveling day of the year.

The storm, which the Weather Channel named Winter Storm Boreas, will reach New York City Tuesday evening and last until Thursday. New York City will face up to four inches of rain and wind gusts up to 50...

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Theater review: 'Godot' -- 2 stars; 'No Man's Land' -- 3 stars

"Waiting for Godot"

(Credit: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in "Waiting for Godot")

While it was a marvelous idea to pair up Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the quintessential tramps Vladimir and Estragon in "Waiting for Godot," this revival of Beckett's existentialist classic is weighed down by Sean Mathias' problematic direction and the decision to perform it in repertory with Harold Pinter's 1975 drama "No Man's Land."

McKellen makes a strong impression...

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Theater review: 'Macbeth' -- 1 star

Ethan Hawke

(Credit: Ethan Hawke in "Macbeth")

Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Lincoln Center Theater is already serving up a giant turkey in the form of Jack O'Brien's bloated, poorly acted and strangely conceived production of "Macbeth" starring Ethan Hawke.

Lincoln Center Theater's decision to do "Macbeth" now is questionable. Alan Cumming's streamlined version, in which he played virtually every character,...

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Behind the Curtain: Bloom's 'Romeo & Juliet' to close early

Orlando Bloom

(Credit: Orlando Bloom in "Romeo and Juliet")

'Romeo' to close a month early on Dec. 5

The Broadway revival of "Romeo and Juliet" starring Orlando Bloom, which received unenthusiastic reviews when it opened back in September and has done lackluster business since then, will end its run on Dec. 8 instead of Jan. 12, the previously announced closing date. Last week, it filled only 38.9% of the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Gypsy of...

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Movie review: 'The Great Beauty' -- 3 stars

"The Great Beauty"

(Credit: Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty")

"The Great Beauty" finds Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino channeling Federico Fellini and other masterful chroniclers of the surreal, absurd and unrelentingly beautiful Roman cityscape.

The impressionistic film is centered on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a 65-year-old writer who experiences many facets of the city over the course of heady nights and beautiful days.


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Behind the Curtain: Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'

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Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'

Rock musician Gene Simmons revealed last week via Twitter that he has been offered the role of the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" that was originated by Patrick Page and is currently being played by Robert Cuccioli. Although Simmons did not say whether he would accept the chance to join the production, he made a point...

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Theater review: 'Little Miss Sunshine' -- 1.5 stars

"Little Miss Sunshine"

(Credit: "Little Miss Sunshine")

The 2006 film comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," about a highly stressed family attempting a long road trip in a broken-down van in order to make it to a beauty pageant for little girls, no doubt had the potential to make a fine musical.

With songwriter William Finn and director-playwright James Lapine, who previously collaborated on "Falsettos" and "The 25th Annual Putnam...

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Theater review: 'A Bed and a Chair' -- 3 stars

"A Bed and a Chair"

(Credit: "A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair")

Revues of Stephen Sondheim songs generally don't work. Given how carefully integrated his songs are into the shows for which they were originally written, they lose impact in a different context.

Yet "A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair," which marks an unusual collaboration between Sondheim and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, manages to provide a great deal of vibrant entertainment...

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Hudson Square to get $27M makeover

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(Credit: Hudson Square Connection Rendering by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects)

Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood is getting a $27 million upgrade.

With funds from the New York City Economic Development Corp. and the City Council, plus matching funds from the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District, public spaces including sidewalks and outdoor venues will be refashioned to reflect the area’s current status as a hub for advertising, architectural,...

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Theater review -- 'Richard III,' 3 stars; 'Twelfth Night,' 4 stars

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(Credit: Mark Rylance in "Richard III" (Joan Marcus))

The fall season of wall-to-wall Shakespeare, which so far has offered more misfires than hits, no doubt reaches its high point with the Globe Theatre’s double bill of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III.” Both are directed by Tim Carroll in an “original practices” style and feature a terrific all-male cast led by the extraordinary Mark Rylance.

The traditional ambience of London’s Globe has been...

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