This Friday night on Thirteen, Joan Rivers goes from Fashion Police to theater critic, sharing the Theater Talk panel with esteemed arbiters Ben Brantley and Peter Marks.
And cohost Susan Haskins tells me Joan has quite a bit to say about I'll Eat You Last, the one-person show with Bette Midler as ... More >>
He calls Ben Brantley some sort of "odd, shriveled, bitter Dickensian clerk."
Bear in mind that Brantley didn't care for Orphans, which Baldwin stars in, and that might have something to do with Baldwin's opinion.
Meanwhile, the actor says he sorely misses the genius of ex Times critic Frank Rich ... More >>
From December 3 to the 30th, the riotously funny Cheri Oteri--best known from Saturday Night Live and other comedy shows--will explode onto the stage of NEWSical The Musical!
That's the constantly updating, never self-censoring musical mockery of current events that's sort of like The Daily Show wi ... More >>
Ben Brantley's 2009 New York Times review of Catherine Zeta-Jones in A Little Night Music was decidedly mixed.
He called her performance "a lively debut" and said:
"In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, Ms. Zeta-Jones brings a decent voice, a supple dancer's body, and a vulpine self possession ... More >>
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Except I don't have a Tony ballot since the Tony Awards dropped writers from their voting lists not long ago, because we actually knew what we were doing and we didn't have an agenda about it.
So the Times asked me, as a "celebrity theatergoer," to fill out who I wou ... More >>
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark doesn't officially open until March 15, but scads of critics have been sneaking in to review the megamusical because they feel it's been postponed enough and besides, as The New York Times's Ben Brantley puts it, this thing is "beyond repair."
This morning, Bran ... More >>
Jude Law's Hamlet at the Broadhurst Theater -- perhaps aided, publicity-wise, by his recently-revealed, alleged love child -- is a big deal. The Times' Ben Brantley says Law "approaches his role with the focus, determination and adrenaline level of an Olympic track competitor staring down an ... More >>
Irena's Vow is that play about the Polish Catholic housekeeper who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. It got a good review in the Times when it was off-Broadway, but when it moved to the Great White Way recently, the same paper assigned the higher-ranked critic Charles Isherwood, who call ... More >>
Don't blame the actors.
Swedish bad-boy August Strindberg isn't around to attend the Roundabout Theatre Company's new production of Hedda Gabler, but he did chime in on the play back when he first read it in 1891. Comparing the Ibsen piece to his own plays The Father and Creditors, Strindberg wrot ... More >>
On the occasion of the 45th Obie Awards, the Voice's Charles McNulty sat down with four theater directors--Graciela Daniele, Brian Kulick, Marianne Weems, and Evan Yionoulis--to hash out the state of their art here at the start of the 21st century