Monthly Archives: April 2010

West End theatre thrives on excellence and originality

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If all the world’s a stage, then it never has been more true than in the British capital right now. The nation’s economy is in dire straits, but that hasn’t stopped theatergoers from flocking to … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Dion Boucicault’s ‘London Assurance’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – First produced on the West End stage in 1841, Dublin-born playwright Dion Boucicault’s hilarious farce “London Assurance” is given its full measure in an uproarious production at the National Theatre that makes most modern comedies … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Ricky Gervais’s ‘Cemetery Junction’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have somehow contrived to leave behind all the acute observation and wit of their TV hits, “The Office” and “Extras,” in “Cemetery Junction,” their first feature film as writers and … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Mark Haddon’s ‘Polar Bears’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – British writer Mark Haddon, whose 2003 novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” told of a boy with Asperger syndrome, turns his attention to a young woman with bipolar disorder for his … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Pawel Sala’s ‘Mother Teresa of Cats’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC – Polish filmmaker Pawel Sala’s “Mother Teresa of Cats” attempts to reveal why two sons murder their mother by tracking backwards from the killing. He loses sight of his objective, however, and appears … Continue reading

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New release scheme for ‘Paris Connections’ by Jackie Collins

By Ray Bennett Take veteran top-level Hollywood producers, add the UK’s leading supermarket and mix with some of the most popular novelists in the world and you have Amber Entertainment, which founder Ileen Maisel describes as a new paradigm for … Continue reading

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‘It’s like picking up Rupert Murdoch’s dropped wallet’

By Ray Bennett Lots of so-called experts claim to know what young people think about entertainment these days, but a panel at Screen Digest’s recent PEVE Digital Media Conference in London provided some genuine insight. Describing how they consume screened … Continue reading

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