Catch a week of the best plays
Start shining the Tony award for Cicely Tyson, who's just plain wonderful in The Trip To Bountiful, Horton Foote's play about an older lady who wants to return to the Texas town of her youth, remembering it as a place of fertility and goodness. The 1985 movie had a heartbreaking Geraldine Page per ... More >>
Meaning the Big One. Argo has been picking up so much steam lately--it copped the PGA, the Golden Globe, and the SAG--that it's looking like a much healthier Best Picture Oscar candidate than it did when they snubbed Ben Affleck for a Best Director nomination. As has been pointed out, Hollywood li ... More >>
Ben Affleck was surprisingly shut out of an Oscar nomination for Best Director last week, but he's not down yet. He stunned all the experts by copping Best Picture and Best Director at last night's Golden Globes as Lincoln looked distinctly un-Presidential. (As I just noted on CNN, the only award t ... More >>
In a movie, that is. Doesn't she look amazing in the role? It's from Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, which is opening in June.
Billy Elliot, Priscilla, and Sister Act have carried on the time-honored tradition of turning popular movies into musicals. What next? I'll tell you: *Fatal Attraction The adaptation--titled Crazy Bitch, The Musical--will feature a well-chosen bunch of Sondheim chestnuts. ("You said you l ... More >>
I know this for a fact because the great actor told me about it last night! I was at Bridgewater's, where the formidable James Earl Jones was getting the Monte Cristo award from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Michael Douglas, Hal Prince, Leslie Uggams, and James' Driving Miss Daisy co- ... More >>
The dramatics! The emoting! The singing and dancing and screeching for the back row! I'm talking about what's going to happen when the Tony nominations are announced tomorrow morning. My final (and 100% correct) predictions are: BEST PLAY Jerusalem War Horse Good People Motherf**k ... More >>
Bono's Peter Parker isn't the only thing that's crashing and boring
It might be shaping up that way. I just asked Charlie's publicist for press tickets to cover the My Violent Torpedo of Truth tour when it comes to Radio City in April--could any sane pop cultural reporter afford to miss this thing?--and he said he'd try, but he doesn't think there will be me ... More >>
Want to see two legends--James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave--in the current Broadway revival of the Pulitzer winning Driving Miss Daisy? I'm giving away three pairs of tickets for the Monday February 7th performance, which is a very special benefit for the all impor ... More >>
Lt. Daniel Choi resembles so many other American soldiers in many, many ways: as a late 20s West Point grad who loves his country, a born-again Christian, as a soldier who's served two tours in Iraq, and as a soldier who's been kicked out of the military. But even that isn't the distinguishment t ... More >>
A new play from Julia Cho, an old one from Alfred Uhry
Awardsthey're a girl thing. Mostly, anyway, but the shows are bitchin'
Crocodiles are kind of a thing for Avey Tare. Photo by Atiba Jefferson.In this week's Village Voice, Andy Beta talks with Animal Collective's Avey Tare about this new solo record, Down There, and Jesse Serwer catches up with Greg Nice at the quarter-century mark of his august rap career.
Last night, while I was at a very civilized party at the Plaza for Driving Miss Daisy, Charlie Sheen was naked, inebriated, and in a rage in his trashed suite at the same hotel. According to the Post, police were called to the scene and Sheen was sent to a hospital for unknown reasons. Char ... More >>
The trendy Broadway shows du jour don't give you a half-time break to pee, take a breather, or leave! It's become de rigueur to play things straight to the finish rather than give the audience--not to mention the actors--a chance to tend to their bladders or other body parts, for that matter ... More >>
Who's doing what to whom? Your guess is not as good as mine.
The last year in Broadway theater saw the appearances of names like Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones not just on stages, but in the same award categories as their Loyal-to-New-York-Theater co-stars. The trending caused our own lead theater critic Michael Feingold to pen an epic scr ... More >>
Just the other day, I asked why James Earl Jones has gotten billing ahead of Vanessa Redgrave in Broadway's imminent Driving Miss Daisy revival. They're both acting titans of the highest magnitude, but after all, Daisy is the title role and Vanessa's an Oscar winner.
The marquee is up for the Driving Miss Daisy revival on Broadway, and James Earl Jones's name is the first one listed! He's on the left and Vanessa Redgrave comes next, on the right. This might be an alphabetical way to handle two titans of such magnitude, but isn't Vanessa slightly bigger, ... More >>
Ever since it was announced that Driving Miss Daisy was coming to Broadway, with Vanessa Redgrave as the cranky old Jewish lady and James Earl Jones as her trusty driver, people have been polishing up the Tonys. But there IS a problem, as someone on a Broadway board has noted. Says the post ... More >>
Plus new Oscar bait, and the attack of the right-wing lesbian polemicist