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Despite Great Cast "Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" Just So-So

Despite Great Cast
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM
MOVIE REVIEW

“Tragedy is a foreign country--we don’t know how to talk to the natives,” says Julian Rigby (Bill Hurt) to his daughter Eleanor (Jessica Chastain), and certainly the characters in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” have great trouble communicating, particularly Eleanor and her husband Conor (James McAvoy). Later in the film, Julian tells Eleanor about the time she almost drowned in the ocean, a story that encapsulates the terror that every parent feels at the awesome responsibility of caring for a child. It also shows that the grownups in this movie have an easier time talking than their kids.

 

'Love Letters' Broadway Review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Co-Star As Classy Correspondents

'Love Letters' Broadway Review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Co-Star As Classy Correspondents
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW 

Many dedicated theatergoers are likely to have seen “Love Letters” at some point since A.R. Gurney’s play arrived in 1988. A cunning little ...

'To the Bone' Off Broadway Review: Undocumented Immigrants Carve Out a Living

'To the Bone' Off Broadway Review: Undocumented Immigrants Carve Out a Living
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A drama about immigrant women who slave in a poultry processing plant in upstate New York, “To the Bone” is a serious new work that deserves f...

'This Is Our Youth' Broadway Review: More Than a Gen X Study

'This Is Our Youth' Broadway Review: More Than a Gen X Study
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Originally seen Off Broadway in 1996, “This Is Our Youth” studies a Manhattan trio who are scarcely out of their privileged teens in 1982.

Going in...

'Bootycandy' Off Broadway Review: A Cartoon Look at Race and Sex

'Bootycandy' Off Broadway Review: A Cartoon Look at Race and Sex
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Robert O’Hara, the excellent director, lets Robert O’Hara, the mad playwright, completely off the leash in “Bootycandy,” a bold, sometimes smu...

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