Ben Brantley

  • Film

    October 30, 2013

    The Four Types of Spoilers and How Reviewers Should Handle Them

    A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    A Whole New Role For Joan Rivers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Times Critic Who Didn't Like Him

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Breaking Item: Cheri Oteri Is Going Into NEWSical The Musical

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    When Show Biz Books Rewrite History...

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    My Tony Ballot Is In The New York Times!

    Image courtesy of Maomag​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Spider-Man Gets Bug-Sprayed by the Times

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Critics on Jude Law's Hamlet: Overall, Less Than Kind

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Holocaust Show Resorts to Anonymous Blurbs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    PJ Harvey, Mary-Louise Parker Can't Save Hedda Gabler

    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 >>

  • Columns

    January 14, 2009

    Which Half of Brangelina is Getting Shafted by Oscar?

    You read it here first! You'll be all chirpy and happy!

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Best Comment Made at Last Night's NY Film Critics Circle Awards

    Josh Brolin: "Great actor, Sean Penn. Great actor. Not an asshole like Russell Crowe." The second juiciest one--if rather bizarre--was Brolin saying he thought Ben Brantley was a "motherfucker" and not a good writer. And the cutest was Jenny Lumet's remark, "Dad, that's mine," as Sidney Lumet acci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    Who Will Get Tony Nominations? Only I Know--Or Care

    I know I'm the only one within miles who gives a rat's ass about this, especially so early in the game, but please humor me as I put out my predictions for my favorite Tony awards category, Best Actress in a Musical. (Come on, please! This can't really harm anyone and it'll make me feel so good.) It ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 15, 2008

    Terrence Howard's Latest Hustle and Flow

    Black people revive the Great White Way. Plus a hue and cry from Mel Brooks.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    The Latest Celebrity Mel-Down: Mel Brooks Hates Ben Brantley!

    Mel Gibson hates Jews, but Mel Brooks hates Ben Brantley! At a New York Times Arts & Leisure week panel last night, ironically enough, the Young Frankenstein inventor spent most of his time onstage screeching about how the Times critic should be whipped with a Borscht belt, even talking over his fel ... More >>

  • Music

    June 6, 2006

    Forbidden Broadway

    Harry Connick Jr. has the Sinatra quality musical comedy needs

  • Columns

    May 16, 2006
  • Theater

    April 12, 2005

    Misuses of Enchantment

    Bad-boy playwrights McDonagh and LaBute dish it out, and critics can't get enough

  • Columns

    December 7, 2004
  • Columns

    June 8, 2004
  • Columns

    June 10, 2003
  • Theater

    March 4, 2003

    We're #2!

    Howard's Professor of Desire; O'Hara Gets Skittish

  • Columns

    May 21, 2002
  • Columns

    October 30, 2001
  • NYC Life

    September 4, 2001

    Parlez-Vous Français?

    French Tries, by Romanian Eugene Ionesco, Come Alive

  • Specials

    August 21, 2001
  • Columns

    August 22, 2000
  • Theater

    May 16, 2000

    Hamlet, Vegas, and a Big Black Box

    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