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Theresa Rebeck on writing novels, plays, and TV shows

Theresa Rebeck, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the 2003 play Omnium Gatherum, is both the author and subject of new books. As author, she’s published her second novel, Twelve Rooms With a View. The Manhattan-set story is narrated by Tina, a drifter who reconciles with her semi-estranged sisters after the death of their mother, who may or may not have left them a huge, historic co-op apartment where she’d lived with her second husband.

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Never before have so many danced so much to so little consequence. Director-choreographer Maurice Hines (brother of the late Gregory) deploys a large and virtuosic ensemble to bring the R&B/disco funk of Earth, Wind & Fire to Broadway. But the dancing, while adroit and highly energetic, often has no context within the story — a slapdash tale of a young dancer’s rise and fall, with cartoonish characters (the booty-shaking diva, for example) and cringe-inducing plot twists (the lecherous impresario tries to seduce a girl he later learns is his daughter).

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In an interview on the extras of A Love Song for Bobby Long, John Travolta gushes, ”Shainee is to this material as Quentin Tarantino was to Pulp Fiction.” Writer-director Shainee Gabel’s Tarantino-ish passion may account for her overly obvious effort to capture the quirky poetry of the South. Travolta’s English prof-turned-New Orleans wastrel doles out advice in literary quotations, and Gabriel Macht’s hokey narration sounds like bad imitation Tennessee Williams.

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