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Review: ‘The Sound and the Fury,’ Elevator Repair Service’s Take on Faulkner

Time flies and crawls, warps and balances, melts and freezes. It passes by before you know it and it stands still forever. All those contradictory kinetic clichés are pulsing away in Elevator Repair Service’s mesmerizing “The Sound and the Fury,” which opened on Thursday night at the Public Theater.


Review: ‘I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am,’ Where Theater Meets Confessional

There’s no hiding in the dark this time, and none of the usual safety in numbers. It’s just you and her — or him — eyeball to eyeball, in a closed, red space the size of a confessional. If you blush or yawn or wipe tears from your eyes, she sees it; that means, of course, that she feels it, too.

The …


Review: ‘New Country,’ by Mark Roberts, With Dirty Jokes Aplenty

“Two and a Half Men” was often among network prime time’s raunchier shows during its long run, but Mark Roberts, one of the brains behind it, apparently was holding a lot back. His raucous “New Country,” having its premiere at the Cherry Lane Theater and featuring one especially blazing …


Tensions Persist at E.U. Meeting Focused on Ex-Soviet Lands

RIGA, Latvia — Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain showed up hours late, but the absentee who really mattered — and haunted all discussion during a two-day meeting of leaders from Europe and former Soviet lands — was President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had not even been invited.

The …


Moldova Eyes Russia’s Embrace as Flirtation With Europe Fades

CHISINAU, Moldova — Daniela Morari, a Foreign Ministry official who has been traveling her country trying to nudge Moldovans toward the European Union, has heard it all. People are worried that “if you join the E.U. everyone becomes gay” and that Brussels bureaucrats “won’t let you keep animals …


Russia and U.S. Find Common Cause in Arctic Pact

MOSCOW — The recent diplomatic thaw between Russia and the United States over the crisis in Ukraine has had little impact there, but it is being felt somewhere else — in the Arctic Ocean, near the North Pole.

Out on the sea, the polar ice cap has been melting so quickly as global temperatures rise …


Ukraine Says It Has Captured 2 Russian Soldiers

MOSCOW — The Ukrainian government said on Monday that it had captured two wounded Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine and would prosecute them on terrorism charges, prompting a spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin to repeat the Kremlin’s longstanding denial that any Russian troops had been …


A Russian Smartphone Has to Overcome Rivals and Jokes About Its Origin

MOSCOW — Few people looking to buy a trendy, state-of-the-art smartphone anywhere in the world today would even think about a Russian model, but the makers of the YotaPhone aspire to change that.

The start-up’s quest to break into the cutthroat global market for cellphones even got a boost from …


A Diplomatic Victory, and Affirmation, for Putin

MOSCOW — For Russia, victory came three days after Victory Day, in the form of Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit this week to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. It was widely interpreted here as a signal of surrender by the Americans — an olive branch from President Obama, and an …


ISIS Strengthens Its Grip on Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Islamic State militants on Thursday solidified their rout of Syrian government forces in the historic desert city of Palmyra, moving to the outskirts to seize its airport and the notorious Tadmur Prison, according to residents and statements from the group.

It was the first time …


Ira Harkavy, Common-Sense New York Judge, Dies at 84

In the annals of New York jurisprudence, the penalty was considered unprecedented: Judge Ira B. Harkavy of Brooklyn Civil Court sentenced a 77-year-old landlord to 15 days of house arrest in one of his own dilapidated apartment buildings.

Judge Harkavy (pronounced HARK-a-vee), who died on Sunday at …

U.S. State Supreme Courts

Bob Belden, Jazz Saxophonist and Historian of the Music, Dies at 58

Bob Belden, a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and record producer who was both a historian of the music and a force in moving it forward, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 58.

He died three days after having a heart attack, his sister, Beth Belden Harmstone, said.

Engaged and …


Jacob Jensen, Designer in Danish Modern Style, Dies at 89

Jacob Jensen, an industrial designer whose sleek minimalism exemplified the style known as Danish modern, most notably with the stereo systems and other audio products he created for the consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen, died on May 15 at his home in Virksund, Denmark. He was 89.

His …


Obama Defends Approach to ISIS Fight but Says More Is Needed

WASHINGTON — President Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory.

While repeating his refusal …

World Leaders

Crêpes Canaveral Spreads Itself Thin

On a drizzly evening, two glum young men peered into the shut window of Crêpes Canaveral. Above them hung a lantern, its candle still unlit. “You really want to go through this for a crepe?” one asked. They tromped off around the corner, but within a minute they had slunk back to wait with the rest …


Maggie Black, Esteemed Ballet and Modern Dance Teacher, Dies at 85

Maggie Black, who for decades earned renown for teaching famous ballet and modern dancers how to leap and turn in ways, as she put it, that “humans weren’t really made to do,” configuring their bodies to avoid injuries and even to heal them, died on May 11 at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was …

Performing Arts

Bruce Lundvall, Who Revived Blue Note, Dies at 79

Bruce Lundvall, a record executive whose 25-year run at the helm of Blue Note, preceded by top positions at CBS and Elektra, made him one of the most influential figures behind the scenes in recent jazz history, died on Tuesday in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 79.

The cause was complications of Parkinson’s …


ISIS Fighters Enter Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Islamic State fighters fought their way into a part of the central Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, bringing them within blocks of one of the world’s most magnificent ancient sites.

As they have swept across Syria and Iraq, the extremists have destroyed or damaged numerous …

Middle East

Happy Rockefeller, Whose Marriage to Governor Scandalized Voters, Dies at 88

Happy Rockefeller, the socialite whose 1963 marriage to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, soon after both had been divorced, raised a political storm in a more genteel time and may have cost him the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, died on Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown, N.Y. She …

Nelson Rockefeller

Indian Nurse Dies After 42 Years in a Coma Following Rape

MUMBAI, India — An Indian nurse died on Monday more than four decades after she was strangled with a metal chain, sexually assaulted and left in a permanent vegetative state. Her case had set off a national debate on euthanasia, often called “mercy killing” in India, and helped lead to the …


Dean Potter, Extreme Climber, Dies in BASE-Jumping Accident at Yosemite

Dean Potter, one of the generation’s top rock climbers and charismatic personalities, was one of two men killed in a BASE-jumping accident at Yosemite National Park in California on Saturday.

Potter, 43, and the other man, Graham Hunt, 29, leapt near dusk off Taft Point, a promontory about 3,000 …

BASE Jumping

Rev. John Lo Schiavo, 90, Who Barred a Sport, Dies

The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, who spent 14 years as president of the University of San Francisco, notably making headlines when he took the rare step of suspending the men’s basketball program after repeated violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, died on Friday in Los Gatos, …

University President

Moshe Levinger, Contentious Leader of Jewish Settlers in Hebron, Dies at 80

JERUSALEM — Moshe Levinger, a firebrand rabbi who spearheaded the modern Jewish settlement in the heart of the ancient and predominantly Palestinian city of Hebron, and who helped spread settlements in the territories Israel conquered in the 1967 war, died here on Friday. He was 80.

His death, at …

Middle East

Prashant Bhargava, Filmmaker of ‘Patang (The Kite),’ Dies at 42

Prashant Bhargava, a promising director whose boyhood memories of his uncles’ rivalry inspired his film “Patang (The Kite),” about how India’s largest kite-flying festival united a city ravaged by religious divisions and natural disaster, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 42.

The cause was cardiac …

Tribeca Film Festival

House Hunting in ... Nicaragua



Nestled into a rocky cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this four-bedroom six-bath house is part of a gated master-planned development called Pacific Marlin, outside San Juan del Sur. The homes there are terraced into a steep …


$650,000 Homes in California, Florida and Montana


WHAT: A modern house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms

HOW MUCH: $659,000

SIZE: 1,444 square feet total


SETTING: The Sea Ranch is a planned community of modern houses on the Sonoma County coast, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Designed to blend …


Review: In ‘The Flick,’ Moments at the Movies, but Not on Screen

“People always freak out when like, you know, when like art forms move forward,” says Sam, one of the lonely souls working in a run-down Massachusetts movie theater in the wondrous Annie Baker play “The Flick.”

That line made me laugh out loud, although it’s hardly a punch line — and the movie whose …


Review: ‘The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek,’ an Athol Fugard Play

“They got eyes but they do not see us,” says the gentle old man to the young boy in “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek,” the tender, ruminative new play written and directed by Athol Fugard. Both man and boy are black South Africans, and the man’s observation refers to the white farmers for whom …


Review: ‘The Flatiron Hex,’ a Delirious Tale With Puppets and Ickiness

James Godwin’s deliriously weird puppet show, “The Flatiron Hex,” takes place in a New York only a little different from the one we know and sporadically love: “a maze of ghosts and minor gods, floating in the middle of a toxic swamp.” A postmodern assemblage of the eerie and the icky, it follows …

H. P. Lovecraft

Key Iraqi City Falls to ISIS as Last of Security Forces Flee

BAGHDAD — The last Iraqi security forces fled Ramadi on Sunday, as the city fell completely to the militants of the Islamic State, who ransacked the provincial military headquarters, seizing a large store of weapons, and killed people loyal to the government, according to security officials and …

Middle East