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‘January, 2016’

A “China Doll” is Al Pacino character’s prize for life of corrupt dealing

A “China Doll” is Al Pacino character’s prize for life of corrupt dealing

The title suggests this play by David Mamet is about a woman, but it’s really about politics and corruption. And the trendy topic of tax evasion. Al Pacino is in top form in a slightly over-the-top caricature of a character, a portrayal which in this case is warranted. His Mickey Ross is a heavy-New-York-accented probably Jewish character who made big bucks in ways that probably skirted or shattered legality. At least it’s clear he doesn’t care much about the law.

Key West: Bobby Nesbitt brings panache and glitter to celebration of Las Vegas icons

Key West: Bobby Nesbitt brings panache and glitter to celebration of Las Vegas icons

Bobby Nesbitt’s tribute to the cabaret greats of Las Vegas is much richer than any medley of songs from the star singers of the time. His performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre reprises the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and more. But he also offers some social history that sets “the Rat Pack” – the name given by actress Lauren Bacall –in an American context. (She said, “You look like a goddam rat pack.”)

Eerie surprising “Marjorie Prime” shows future when avatars of the dead comfort the living

Eerie surprising “Marjorie Prime” shows future when avatars of the dead comfort the living

Think of “prime” as the second version of something, sort of like the file you download twice, so the second has little 1 after it. Here it’s not a file, but the vision of a person, maybe a holographic double.
In Jordan Harrison’s sci fi computer era play about memory, an 85-year-old widow (Lois Smith) talks to the avatar of her late husband Walter (Noah Bean).