This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Jaclyn Gartner was scrolling through photos of shelter pups when one caught her eye: A dog named Van Gogh with only one ear. His left ear had been ripped off in the cruel world of dog fighting, and he was found bloodied and cowering inside a drainage pipe, covered in cuts and scrapes. A shelter in North Carolina was trying to get him adopted. "He'd had an absolutely horrific life, and yet he looked happy, and I was told he got along well with people," said Gartner, founder of the Happily Furever After Rescue in Bethel, Conn., which takes in pets at risk of being put down in shelters because they are old or disabled. "His ear had to be surgically removed, but Van Gogh was resilient, even after all he'd been through." "I had to rescue him," she added. Gartner arranged for the nonprofit Pilots N Paws to fly Van Gogh to her in Connecticut in June. She … [Read more...] about Nobody wanted to adopt the dog with one ear – until he started painting
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NEW YORK - As the triple Tony-winning choreographer of "Hamilton," "In the Heights" and "Bandstand," Andy Blankenbuehler has found artistic glory, satisfaction and success beyond imagining. But the story he burned to tell, the one that's gripped his imagination for more than a decade, is about getting everything you want yet realizing it's not enough. He also wanted to tell this through dance, his most cherished language. Yet as Blankenbuehler looked around the musical-theater world, he couldn't find the inspiration he was craving. Where were the new dance-driven shows, he wondered - the ones that put dancers first and let dancing tell the story? "There's a lot of storytelling ability in dance, but in musical theater, people champion words first," he says on a recent evening at the off-Broadway MCC Theater, a couple of hours before the curtain rises on his new show, "Only Gold." "And so many times as a dancer, you don't feel integral. You don't feel like you are helping the story … [Read more...] about ‘Hamilton’ choreographer couldn’t find a show he liked. So he wrote one.
WASHINGTON - The turkeys weren't taking questions. Moments after President Joe Biden pardoned Chocolate and Chip, two hefty gobblers from a couple states south, they let out loud, ecstasy-filled gobbles that resounded throughout the Rose Garden ceremony - but declined to make further comment. Theirs were not the only animal cries punctuating Monday's ceremony, as a (presumably) salivating Commander, Biden's German shepherd, watched from the White House's second-floor balcony and occasionally let loose a commanding woof. Sorry, Commander, you're a good boy, but these turkeys are free. The birds, presented per tradition by the National Turkey Federation, hail from Monroe, N.C., where they were raised by NTF Chairman Ronnie Parker. Later in the afternoon, Biden and first lady Jill Biden were scheduled to travel to the U.S. Marine Corps base in Cherry Point, N.C. - which resides on the Eastern Seaboard, a 250-mile drive from Chocolate and Chip's hometown - to dine with service … [Read more...] about Biden pardons two turkeys, over possible objections from the first dog
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 NEW YORK - Take a deep breath and try to ruminate calmly on the position playwright Bruce Norris takes in his scintillating new play, "Downstate": that the punishments inflicted on some pedophiles are so harsh and unrelenting as to be inhumane. Are you still reading? It's almost impossible to broad-brush the perspective at the heart of this impeccably acted drama without sounding as if one is advocating some extraordinary level of consideration for individuals who have committed unspeakable crimes. And yet Norris proposes a variation on this proposition at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons: He is questioning what degree of compassion should society fairly hold out to those who have served their time for sexual abuse, assault or rape. "Downstate," directed with exceptional astuteness by Pam MacKinnon, seizes on our reflexive response to these crimes and shifts our emotional focus to … [Read more...] about ‘Downstate’ is a play about pedophiles. It’s also brilliant.
NEW YORK - That "permanent floating crap game" that good old reliable Nathan is always trying to set up may be coming to Times Square. I'm not talking about "Guys and Dolls" - though that, coincidentally, may be in the cards, too. No, what's actually being pitched is a casino in the heart of the theater district, a serious proposal that has deeply alarmed the Broadway establishment. It's a ghastly idea. "As if Broadway wasn't already a gamble," a Tony-winning director joked to me. But what makes the notion truly untenable is the chaos that Times Square already is, and that a Vegas-style casino would only ramp up. "Hadestown" is at present a mythical place that only exists on the stage of a theater on West 48th Street. Inviting throngs of blackjack and slots and roulette lovers to a neighborhood already nearly impossible to navigate? That could turn the crowded theater district into a bona fide living hell. On Tuesday, the Broadway League spelled out exactly how awful a notion … [Read more...] about A casino in hectic Times Square? This theater critic says heck no
A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carré By John le Carré, edited by Tim Cornwell Viking. 752 pp. $40 - - - If it's the unbuttoned occasions that we approach a writer's letters for, there's a startling example in "A Private Spy," with the young John le Carré writing to the Scottish author James Kennaway in 1964 about Kennaway's novel "The Bells of Shoreditch." "You're God," le Carré tells Kennaway. But, "there were two scenes I didn't dig." Proving that the '60s vibe was as pernicious as any virus, le Carré, if not growing his hair long and wearing flowers in it, was at least letting it down and finding things to dig. Or, in this case, not. The great spy novelist was an inveterate letter-writer, and the correspondence gathered here covers his entire life, from the private pains of his school days through his courtship of his first wife, Ann - including letters to her from the Swiss Alps, where, as a member of the Downhill Only Ski Club, he trained British ski racers - … [Read more...] about Book World: Needy, defensive, kind: The John le Carré revealed in his letters