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Robert De Niro is in the title, but not in the play

  By Cynthia Citron HOLLYWOOD, California — Even as you giggle continuously through Sy Rosen’s delightful chronicle of his journey into “old age” you are also continually aware of how skillfully he has mounted his gentle stories.  Rosen’s play Robert De Niro Is Older Than Me is a one-man show for three people and a slide […]

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Maudie: The Grandma Moses of Nova Scotia

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — If you can imagine the handsome Ethan Hawke with a perpetual frown and a gravelly voice like Billy Bob Thornton’s in Sling Blade, you will appreciate Hawke’s amazing performance in a lovely, delicate new movie that opens in L.A. tomorrow (Friday, June 16th). The film is Maudie, based on […]

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‘Dogfight,’ a well staged musical, hasn’t dogs or planes

  By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Well, they aren’t Stephen Sondheim—-yet.  But they could be—-in time. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the lyrics AND composed the music for Dogfight have just brought their rip-roaring, award-winning musical to L.A.  Lucky L.A.! Adapted by Peter Duchan from a 1991 play by Bob Comfort, the musical premiered […]

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‘Paris Can Wait’ updates class ‘A Man and A Woman’

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Things were a lot softer in 1966.  If you were old enough to go to movies in those relatively tranquil days, you will undoubtedly remember with a smile Claude Lelouch’s beautiful romantic film A Man and A Woman. It was a simple tale of a widow (Anouk Aimee) and […]

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The Lyons, hear them roar

By Cynthia Citron NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California — Cruelty is usually the weapon of choice in dysfunctional families.  In the Lyons family this toxic behavior has engendered alienation, isolation, and loneliness in an unhappy foursome in New York.  In Nicky Silver’s play, The Lyons, however, the mitigating factor is that the unfolding drama is bursting with […]

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Being ‘foreign, protagonist speaks gibberish

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Since he wrote it in 1984, Larry Shue’s play The Foreigner has been produced and revived by amateurs, students, and professional  companies almost continually.  It’s a two-act, two-and-a-half-hour absurdist comedy that taxes the abilities of the lead actor, who has to speak in gibberish the entire time.  Fortunately, Mike Niedzwiecki is up […]

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New film asks ‘Who do you love?’

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Probably every long-time married couple will acknowledge that every once in a while the rapture will wear off. If they’re lucky they will find a spark that reignites their romance. If not, they may turn to a lover or a divorce. That’s the situation that Mary and Michael find […]

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A French farce that is hard to parse

  By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — The first French farce was performed in the 13th century.  British farce began a century later.  They are both still going strong, but often in very different directions. British farce usually tends to be a frenetic comedy of people chasing each other up and down stairs, banging doors, […]

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A memoir of travel, encounters with the famous

As I Remember It by Cynthia Citron, © 2017 Xlibris; ISBN 9780152-4571627. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Given that Nancy and I are mentioned in Cynthia Citron’s book, I feel a bit embarrassed recommending it to you. But the fact is, Cynthia also writes in her memoir about important people with whom she […]

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A supper for the power- hungry

  By Cynthia Citron HOLLYWOOD — Playwright Phinneas Kiyomura’s play Supper introduces three oil-rich brothers who have come to Japan to celebrate the wedding of their fourth brother, Freddy (Joel Scher), to his very strange Japanese bride, Naomi (Keiko Elizabeth). Each of them is different from his brothers and as they reveal their individual characters […]

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Arts columnist Citron tells of her memoir

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — If my editor will indulge me, I should like to tell you about a book today rather than a play or film.  The book is called As I Remember It and it is my memoir which has just been published. As the publisher describes it, the book “chronicles the […]

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Beckett’s genius on display at L.A.’s Odyssey

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — What could be more overwhelming than a play by Samuel Beckett?  How about FIVE plays by Samuel Beckett? Ron Sossi, the fearless founder of L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre and its Artistic Director, has built his reputation on the innovative, unique, and sometimes quirky theater productions he has undertaken in the Odyssey’s […]

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He’s a lion, hear him roar

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — The slice of life that he brings to the stage is his own.  Filled with pain and anger, hostility, loneliness, and alienation, it is, nevertheless, a solo performance that in the end brings the audience to its feet in a well-deserved minutes-long standing ovation.   Benjamin Scheuer, playwright, songwriter, and performer, […]

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Two extra ordinary Holocaust films: ‘Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe’ and ‘Denial’

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — This past weekend I saw two intense biographical documentaries dealing with completely opposing viewpoints on the Holocaust. The first, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, told of the melancholy meanderings of the Austrian writer/playwright/philosopher who, at the height of his career in the 1920s and ‘30s was one of the […]

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