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Four short pieces of “Innovative Works” encourage analysis but sometimes confound it.

Touring version of Broadway magic show works not only as a night of tricks but as a theatrical experience.

Oscar Isaac’s performance keeps the wayward script on keel for a while, but inane writing lets him down. Grade: C

One-act play about a little mouse with big emotions will appeal to youngest theatergoers.

Guest cellist and conductor dig deep in Strauss’ hefty piece, plus Liszt and Rossini.

Bradley Cooper gives his deepest yet least showy performance as a Navy SEAL devoted to military service.

In a weak month for movies, this comedy about a hapless groom and his counselor stands up well.

In a weak month for movies, this comedy about a hapless groom and his counselor stands up well. Grade: B

Those bags of leaves left beside the road could become part of a compost pile that will pave the way to a great new azalea bed, cottage garden or tropical paradise.

A fashionable gala and a Lafayette 148 New York Spring trunk show.

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Lawrence Toppman
Lawrence Toppman is a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer.
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