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Morning Shots: Al Green's Presidential Bump And Punching Critics

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It turns out that having the president warble your song will do good things for its sales. That's the apparent lesson after Barack Obama sang a line of "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser and online sales of the Al Green original increased substantially. [The Hollywood Reporter]

"Cynthia Nixon's gaze has its own grammar." So begins Ben Brantley's nicely lyrical review of Nixon's performance in Wit. [New York Times]

Critics are in an interesting position with live performances: They need to take notes, but some find their scribbling distracting. One performer in New York invited audience members to punch critics in frustration. [The Guardian]

I can only watch about five minutes of Sacha Baron Cohen at a time, but that doesn't mean I don't have a lot of sympathy for the argument that the Oscars are far too timid about recognizing comedy in general and raucous comedy in particular. [The Atlantic]

A survey in the UK finds that while gay performers are likely to be out to the people they work with and out to their friends and family, far fewer are out to their agents. It's an interesting report. [The Stage]

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