The Buddy System

A critic tries to sink Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson comes to his rescue.

Stranger to Fiction

Wendy Shalit wrongfully accuses authors of misrepresenting the Orthodox

Same Old Stories

Tired headlines set the scene for Eytan Fox’s Walk on Water

Once Again

An Argentinian filmmaker sets his lens on home

The Kafka Curve

Think Gregor Samsa had it rough? He never had to wait in line at Carnegie Hall.

Peeling the Orange

Is there more to The O.C.’s Seth Cohen than meets the eye?

Second Fiddle

Billy Sunday

A comedian wears out his the boychik routine

The Farewell Party

Susan Sontag’s “divided soul”

Parent Trap

Better embarrassing than inflexible

A Wobbly Leg

The willful ignorance of reality tv can be all too unreal

Character Flaw

Modern Orthodox, Daniel Goldfarb’s new play, dramatizes an implausible episode in the life of a secular New York couple. Ben, a sweet, sensitive financier, buys an engagement ring for Hannah from a prying, self-righteous Orthodox diamond merchant. Ben winds up bullying him into removing his yarmulke before he will buy. For days after the play, I was unsettled. What was wrong with Hannah?

Rent After Death

A higher order as dysfunctional as our own

Hog Wild

Maurice Sendak tinkers with Peter and the Wolf, rendering the villain as a pig and the boy as a guide to the illustrator’s own childhood.

Arlo’s Folks

Behind a great folk singer is his Yiddish poet mother-in-law

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