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Running the Circus from the Monkey Cage

This November, the latest chapters of scandal in New York’s political history have neared their end. A jury in Manhattan heard the final arguments in former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s federal corruption trial. State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ own corruption trial kicked off, and each day’s tabloids printed tidbits of wiretapped conversations presented […]

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Pink Ladies on the House!

“Through These Portals Pass the Nicest People in Newark,” reads as a sign at the entrance of the Jersey Mecca, the saloon that provides the set for Anita Loos’ Happy Birthday.  It’s a reverse of the famous inscription Dante placed before the ninth circle of hell, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”  The Mecca […]

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What Makes You Free?

It is 1942 and in Poland, Jews are marching into the gas chambers.  But in Yonkers, they are ostensibly dealing with family problems.  When Eddie (Dominic Comperatore) finds himself terribly in debt after the death of his wife, he drops his two sons Arty (Russell Posner) and Jay (Matthew Gumley) off with their uncompromising German grandmother […]

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