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Sep 12, 2014

‘This is Our Youth’ stands test of time on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly two decades after its New York debut, “This is Our Youth,” Kenneth Lonergan’s play about privileged, aimless youth, opened on Broadway on Thursday with critics praising its young actors for their funny, spot-on performances.

The play, set in a Manhattan apartment in 1982, chronicles 48 hours in the lives of three friends on the cusp of adulthood, coping with life, parents and each other.

Sep 10, 2014

New York clinic that treated Joan Rivers says no biopsy performed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York clinic where comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death denied on Wednesday ever administering general anesthesia or conducting a vocal cord biopsy as has been alleged in media reports as contributing to her demise.

It was the first time the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic issued a statement since Aug. 28, when Rivers was rushed to a nearby hospital from the center with cardiac arrest.

Sep 10, 2014

Actor Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to a violation of disorderly conduct following his arrest in June for disturbing a performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway.

The bearded 28-year-old, who starred in the “Transformer” films and with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and tie as he told the court he understood the plea.

Sep 9, 2014

Actor Kevin Kline finds perspective, family secrets in ‘My Old Lady’

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – By the time Oscar-winning actor
Kevin Kline began filming the comedic drama “My Old Lady,” he
was very familiar with the role of the down-and-out, divorced
New Yorker, who inherits a rambling apartment in Paris with a
few surprises and secrets.

Kline, 66, plays Mathias Gold, an embittered, unpublished
writer and recovering alcoholic nearing 60 with little to show
for his life, in the film that premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival and opens in U.S. theaters on

Sep 6, 2014

Private funeral set for Joan Rivers, acerbic comedy pioneer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued comedy legend who jokingly wrote about wanting an elaborate funeral, will be laid to rest in a private service on Sunday.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office said on Friday that after an initial examination, further tests were needed to determine the cause of Rivers’ death.

Sep 5, 2014

Comedians, fans, royalty mourn death of Joan Rivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedians, friends and fans on Friday paid tribute and mourned the loss of Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued, brutally honest comedy legend who died a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and friends, her only child, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement.

Sep 4, 2014

No-holds-barred comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedian known for her acerbic wit, classic put-downs and for asking “Can we talk?,” died on Thursday at the age of 81 in a New York hospital a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Melissa Rivers, the comedian’s only child, said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at 1:17 p.m. EDT (1717 GMT).

Aug 27, 2014

Self-deluded stage mom grabs ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thwarted ambition and shattered dreams push actress Susan Sarandon to become the ultimate stage mother in “The Last of Robin Hood,” a drama about the final fling of middle-aged matinee idol Errol Flynn and his teenage lover.

As Florence Aadland, the mother of Flynn’s young paramour Beverly, Sarandon ventures into Aadland’s deluded nature and complicit role in the illicit two-year affair that shocked Hollywood when it was made public after Flynn’s death in 1959.

Aug 20, 2014

China’s Peking Opera company marks anniversary with U.S. tour

NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – With lavishly embroidered
costumes, elaborate makeup and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90
singers, actors and musicians of the Peking Opera begins a
special U.S. tour on Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Peking Opera, known as jingju in Chinese, is the country’s
national form of theater, combining unique storytelling,
acrobatics, acting and martial arts with Chinese singing and

Aug 19, 2014

Stellar ‘It’s Only a Play’ cast welcomes Rupert Grint to Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – British actor Rupert Grint,
best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film
franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind
director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business
comedy, “It’s Only a Play.”

The play, which begins previews on Aug. 28 and opens for a
limited run on Oct. 9, sports a notable cast headed by Tony
winners Nathan Lane (“The Producers”), Matthew Broderick (“How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”) and Stockard
Channing (“A Day in the Life of Joe Egg”).

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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