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The Year of Nappy-Headed Thinking

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Okay, so maybe it's just because we walked past an anti-Imus protest in Rockefeller Center last night on the way to see Didion's play on Broadway, and maybe it's entirely in our own heads, but is anyone else getting a bit of a separated-at-birth thing here? (Yes, we know: We're terrible people.)

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The Night of Magical Thinking

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It’s probably for the best that we weren’t welcome at the after-party last night for The Year of Magical Thinking opening. After a 95-minute monologue about grief, death, and more grief, who's in the mood for cocktails and schmoozing? The small, pre-curtain reception at Sardi’s was enough, with its parade of Serious Actresses (and a few others) bowing before the equally legendary Vanessa Redgrave, who stars, and Joan Didion, who adapted the play from her book: Stockard Channing, Marian Seldes, Christine Baranski, Claire Danes, Michael Cunningham. "I wore waterproof mascara," said Danes, who admitted she owns but hasn't read the book. "I'm taking a few of these cocktails napkins with me," echoed Channing. "But I think we'll all be okay."

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