Shakespeare gets an honorary green card
Two stars of the stage, small and big screens will co-host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the East Village. Tamara Tunie, perhaps best known as the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida (among more credits listed below) and Hamish L ... More >>
They announced the winner of Best Actor in A Play. It was "James..." (Nominee James Earl Jones must have been getting really excited around this point.) "....Corden."
I've seen almost everything this season except Magic/Bird--which to me sounds like a wildlife puppet show, and it's quite possible that's what it is--and I'm ready to tell you who will definitely maybe probably almost get Tony nominated tomorrow morning. Here goes: BEST PLAY *Clybourne Park *Othe ... More >>
It's presidential-campaign showbiz in a Gore Vidal revival
A couple of legends, some TV stars, a few Broadway types, and Giuliani's ex-wife -- all together in the original outing play. It's as mixed a bag as it sounds. It's the new production of The Best Man, which is as timely as ever, seeing as it's set at a convention where corruption and dirty politic ... More >>
Fugard's classic inaugurates a new theatrical meeting ground
Broadway.comGore Vidal's The Best Man is the chestnut about about the power machinations of various Presidential candidates, some of whom are willing to go farther than others when it comes to negative campaigning. (Sound familiar, news followers?) Well, the imminent Broadway revival is ca ... More >>
I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too! I'm not alone! And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>
Tom AldredgeI did not realize the extent to which Tom Aldredge was a hero of mine till the news of his death on Friday, July 22, of lymphoma, at age 83, made me look back on his half century of performances, Off-Broadway and on, which brought me several important realizations: I realize that, des ... More >>
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner from Taylor Lautner Funny or Die, the comedy film company co-started by Will Ferrell, almost makes the NFL lockout worthwhile with Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout, a deadly little spoof that combines the oh-so-easy-to-parody Field of Dreams with the ... 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 >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 films in focus by Andrew Sarris 'Tis the season to grind out 10-best lists, and this is certainly not the year to turn one's back on tradition. Still, there is at least one prominent film critic who ... More >>
It was James Earl Jones in The Man, an obscure 1972 film based on an Irving Wallace best seller about a black Senator who gets to move up to the White House, as it were, after the President is killed in a disaster. (Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame wrote the screenplay.) And we're getting ... More >>
Bono's Peter Parker isn't the only thing that's crashing and boring
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 >>
A new play from Julia Cho, an old one from Alfred Uhry
Awardsthey're a girl thing. Mostly, anyway, but the shows are bitchin'
Alfred Uhry's classic play Driving Miss Daisy
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 16, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 16 Films in Focus by Andrew Sarris OSCAR GOES TO COLLEGE: You could hardly recognize Oscar this year at the celebration of his 42nd birthday. After years of flaunting his nouveau riche vulgarity and grade s ... More >>
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 >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 31, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 32 Obies 1962 By Jerry Tallmer James Earl Jones, 31, born Tate County, Mississippi, raised by his grandparents on a wilderness farm near Jackson, Michigan, the second of his family and first of his high-school gr ... More >>
And finding people who, surprisingly, aren't all wet.
Bikini Girl, Katrina Darrell Like the cockroaches after the apocalypse, American Idol is still here. And so, Idol fans and haters, the eighth season begins with some 16 hours of auditions from eight cities. Last night, we got two hours covering two days of auditions in Phoenix, Arizona--Archuleta- ... More >>
I've now had a few hours to get myself off the floor and re-review the Tony nominations announced this morning and realize that, seeing as I got 44 out of 56 right, they MUST be pretty spot-on. It's a respectable, inclusive batch of nominees—yay for August: Osage County, Gypsy, In The Heights, and ... More >>
Stew in Passing Strange, tinazimmer.com More important than who gets the silly, old Democratic nomination is who will nab the TONY nominations (which will be announced tomorrow; you'll know it when all theater queens suddenly start shrieking, crying, and saying "What the fuck?"). So here are my sea ... More >>
Siddown and shuddup! It's da Kollege of Musical Knowledge.
Who do you want to see being all sexual and letchy, grabbing the ladies in between pawing his own crotch and shit? Seventy-seven year old James Earl Jones? Me too! Well, Brendan Lemon's culture-watch blog, lemonwade.com, says that's exactly what you can see in Broadway's newest version of Cat on a H ... More >>
Lorca, London, and the Beatles: the doyenne playwright's new work
Black people revive the Great White Way. Plus a hue and cry from Mel Brooks.
Advice from grannies and trannies; other topics are glossed over
On the bewildering summertime dominance of Tay Zonday and R. Kelly
Kevin Kline prepares to scale the mad king's heroic heights and war-torn politics
Authentic Chekhov via the Classical Theatre of Harlem
Brooklyn trio who knows Carson jumps pop-punk's turnstile