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'Machinal' Broadway Review: Rebecca Hall Stars in a Jazz Age Murder Story

'Machinal' Broadway Review: Rebecca Hall Stars in a Jazz Age Murder Story
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A dark indictment of modern society’s noxious impact upon the human spirit, “Machinal” materialized on Broadway in 1928 and has been rarely staged since in New York other than in a notable 1990 revival by director Michael Greif at the Public Theater. Roundabout Theatre Company now brings back Sophie Treadwell’s drama to Broadway in an absorbing production that opened on Thursday at the American Airlines Theater, where the play is likely to fascinate some viewers and simply depress others.

Performed without an intermission, the episodic 90-minute drama spins around Helen, a young office drudge who is buffeted by an ugly urban existence. A loveless marriage to her crass employer yields a child who brings Helen no joy. An affair with a footloose man leads to a crime that sends Helen on a date with the electric chair. Apologies for this semi-spoiler, but Treadwell’s Jazz Age story (inspired by the notorious Ruth Snyder case) is not as significant as her theme and the ways that she dramatizes it.

 

Even with a Parade of Good Movies, Oscars Find Ways to Stumble

Even with a Parade of Good Movies, Oscars Find Ways to Stumble
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Bad Oscar. Bad, bad Oscar.

With a wealth of contenders from which to choose, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could hardly go wrong in its Oscar nomina...

Chris Christie, Bridgegate and The Sopranos (A Parody)

Chris Christie, Bridgegate and The Sopranos (A Parody)
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NJ comedian/columnist Michael Hayne has opened a whole new chapter in Bridgegate.

Combining the Bridgegate scandal sweeping the nation and matching it up with the intro to the HBO ...

Groundhog Day Fun Facts; It's Deja vu All Over Again

Groundhog Day Fun Facts; It's Deja vu All Over Again
BY BOB & SANDY NESOFF
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRAVEL AND LEISURE
Groundhog Day is coming up in February and for actor Bill Murray and a small Illinois town it will happen again and again.

Arguably the m...

Movie Madness: UCLA Researchers Calculate Oscar Risks, Rewards for Studios

Movie Madness: UCLA Researchers Calculate Oscar Risks, Rewards for Studios
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

As new Oscar nominations arrive, they gave Hollywood types the chance to declare, “I am somebody!” Or not.

But two UCLA researchers report that the process of making ...

'Beautiful' Broadway Review: A Jukebox Packed With Carole King's Early Classics

'Beautiful' Broadway Review: A Jukebox Packed With Carole King's Early Classics
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” serves up a tasty slice of Baby Boomer heaven. Newly installed at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, this latest jukebox musical ...

Our Bobbi Kristina Brown is Married

Our Bobbi Kristina Brown is Married
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The daughter of a famous Newark resident has confirmed that she has gotten married.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, made the official ...

"Her" Computer Nerd Drifts from Silly Comedy into Affecting Romance

BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you worry that a fragmented culture has replaced social intercourse and romance with social media and isolation, the new Spike Jonze movie “Her” arriv...

N.J. Devils Get Into Online Gambling

N.J. Devils Get Into Online Gambling
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey has been the third state to have online gambling since November, and the Devils want a piece of the action.

Not involving professional sports betting, of cour...

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