Can Ionesco slay a 21st-century crowd?
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Michael Feingold will return to chair the 2014 Village Voice Obie Awards -- Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway's highest honor -- to be presented Monday, May 19, at Webster Hall.
Warning: This discussion is thick with spoilers.
You'll believe a man can fly -- and is mostly worth watching
God, guns, and handy coincidences in Florida
In Grace, Craig Wright's exploration of faith and folly in Florida, a quartet of characters combust due to the way they deal with crises based on their varying degrees of belief. A smooth-talking Christian named Steve (Paul Rudd) is excitedly planning a chain of gospel hotels, though his wife Sara ... More >>
PAUL RUDD STARS IN GRACE
Hillbillies versus peacocks
The imminent Broadway play Grace had a press conference by the Grace Hotel pool yesterday--I love a theme event--where actors like Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Ed Asner told us the play is about large, important issues like questioning faith and the universe, but it's fun and accessible too. Rud ... More >>
The writer/director on filming in NYC, George Romero, and saying no to bad script notes
Sam Gold and Annie Baker team up to stage an intimate Chekhov
Sure, The Tree of Life won, but did it really win?
A whole LOT of people. And they're pissed, baby. I mean they should be pissed, though they're no doubt carrying on with great dignity and occasional bouts of inner screaming.
While it goes without saying that the main attraction of this weekend's Norton Records 25th Anniversary All-Star Spectacular is the fine garage/punk/R&B sounds that will be blaring from The Bell House, the chance to see the mind-blowing music industry subversive Kim Fowley playing master of c ... More >>
Sex, drugs, and feminist thought
Welcome to the Village Voice's not-really-annual Oscar liveblog! Feel the electricity. Not sure if you've heard, but: This year's Academy Awards will be UNLIKE ANY YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE! First of all: They've hired an architect to design the set. Money well spent. Next: Taking a page from The Mic ... More >>
The Best Picture Oscar nominees are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. The other top nominations are: Best Actor: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), ... More >>
Here it is, folks--the list of lucky and talented people who will compete for the final glory on the Gay Olympics on February 22. My predictions were 80% correct (four out of five in each category), which is not embarassing, but hardly worthy of a trophy either. I underestimated the Academy a bit, a ... More >>
As per usual, the Globes went for any movie personality who's famous (Brangelina, Tom Cruise, etc.) and with only a few exceptions dissed actual actors who aren't enormous stars. Uninvited from the buffet table were such underpublicized critical darlings as:
The Little Flower of East Orange and Marcy in the Galaxy show why not everybody's life is worth dramatizing
Michael Shannon goes nuts
Break out the citronella candle: This creepy thriller gets under the skin
A restrained Oliver Stone redeems an epoch-defining disasterand rehabilitates himself