Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has already sold more than 4 million copies. Interestingly, the reviews from critics have been positive. The reviews from fans, however, have been mixed.

Here’s the dilemma, how do you continue such a beloved story, with characters fans have welcomed into their hearts, and make everyone happy? Maybe it’s not possible.

This new Harry Potter book is actually the script of the London stage production. It is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Therefore, not written solely by Rowling herself. And therein lies the challenge.

But what makes this an interesting departure is that Rowling has moved the story forward through the theatrical production, exclusively in London. It has been a critical and commercial success. Plans are even in place to bring the production to Broadway.

The story itself offers familiarity and unchartered territory. Certain themes repeat, and new concepts reveal themselves. As a reader, or theatre goer, it seems one has to decide if they are OK with new versions of stories from the Harry Potter universe.

Successful, familiar, inventive, and boundary strecthing.

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A few reviews of the book:

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/31/harry-potter-and-cursed-child-ew-review

And an article about the Harry Potter Fandom: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/08/22/j-k-rowling-creator-of-the-harry-potter-universe-is-no-longer-its-god/

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The Humans

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The Humans is a play written by Stephen Karam and it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. It was also a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama in the year of Hamilton.

The story focuses on a family gathering on Thanksgiving in a 2-story duplex in Manhattan. There are strange sounds lurking about as well as family dynamics circling the space.

It was hard to predict where the story was going, the tensions increased as the happenings became more pronounced. But as the plot unfolds, secrets are revealed, pains are shared, common struggles exposed.

Funny, heartbreaking, creepy, and relevant.

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http://www.thehumansonbroadway.com/

The Night of

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HBO has a new series called, “The Night of”. It’s the story of a young man who meets a young woman in NYC one night and she ends up murdered. The young man is the obvious suspect, but he wakes up and finds her and doesn’t know what happened.

It stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro and is based on a BBC series called “Criminal Justice”. As the series progresses it becomes an inside view of the criminal justice system, for better or worse.

Compelling, well-acted, thought provoking.

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As a bonus, here is a TED Talk that Julia Galef presents “Why you think you’re right – even if you’re wrong”. And it is completely relevant to The Night Of.

From TED.com:

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?”

The NoMad Hotel

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The NoMad Hotel has very quickly become one of my favorite hotels in NYC. It’s distinct, elegant, and bustling. The rooms are all individually decorated and inspired by the french word “Voyage”. The service is terrific. It also has a world class restaurant, and bars, including my favorite the Library Bar. An actual 2 story working library that is made available only for Guests of the hotel.

From the internet:

Housed in a historic, beaux arts building, this Parisian-inspired luxury hotel is 1.4 miles from the Museum of Modern Art.

Stylish rooms have free WiFi, hardwood floors and handmade rugs, walk-in showers, and original artwork, as well as pillow-top mattresses with Italian bedding, desks, minibars, flat-screen TVs and iPhone docking stations; suites add bay windows and extra living space. Some rooms include clawfoot tubs and city views.

Perks include nightly turndown service, a 24-hour gym and a bi-level library, plus an indoor/outdoor rooftop event space, an opulent lounge with a 24-foot-long mahogany bar, and a destination restaurant.

Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
NOMAD Hotel, Stonehill & Taylor

NOMAD Hotel, Stonehill & Taylor

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https://www.thenomadhotel.com/