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  • Again, this production finds just the right tragic-comic note, and there's a marvelous moment when all the happy "winners" have their uncertain celebration -- you sense the unease, but no one onstage is quite aware of what has occurred.

    Marc Porter Zasada: Theater Review: A 'Merchant' for Modern Times

  • Feeble start-up funds were announced for a green investment bank, one sixth of the minimum £6bn thought necessary, and there was a tragic-comic increase in one area after the government underestimated the cost of decommissioning nuclear power stations ( "late and over-budget" will be carved on the concrete sarcophagi of the industry).

    73 months and counting …

  • The musical concept is Ms. Koh's heartfelt offering to a world in which, as the late writer John Gardner put it, art is our only "tragic-comic holding action against entropy."

    A Violinist on a Solo Mission

  • Again, this production finds just the right tragic-comic note, and there's a marvelous moment when all the happy "winners" have their uncertain celebration -- you sense the unease, but no one onstage is quite aware of what has occurred.

    Marc Porter Zasada: Theater Review: A 'Merchant' for Modern Times

  • Policemen never out of their cars, a Home Office collapsed into tragic-comic inertia, and the maintenance of benefits slums are his campaign strategy.

    Archive 2008-01-13

  • It has all the elements, played to a tragic-comic hilt: demonic spirits, serial killings, drug overdoses, lesbian Wiccans, back-alley abortions and sex crimes.

    Bedeviled by Cinema in a Brooklyn Bar

  • "Family Planning" is a tragic-comic story of a New Delhi politician who's become obsessed with having more and more children, even as his family and city collapse around him.

    Cobain's Journals: The Writer Behind The Rock Star

  • Billboards touting the film are a tragic-comic tableau of the state of the state: the grinning narco in his cowboy hat and white suit standing alongside a fictional version of the real-life "El Pozolero," the infamous Stewmaker, who disposed of corpses in a 50-gallon drum of lye.

    Letter from Mexico: In no mood for a fiesta

  • "Family Planning" is a tragic-comic story of a New Delhi politician who's become obsessed with having more and more children, even as his family and city collapse around him.

    Cobain's Journals: The Writer Behind The Rock Star

  • Lotso, a tragic-comic figure, has become an emotionally twisted sadist as a consequence of thinking himself abandoned.

    Toy Story 3

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