Experience the playwright on screen
The Fall 2014 Issue
Jack Ferver does Liz Taylor
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is Tennessee Williams' classic 1955 play about the horrors of guilt, mendacity, lovelessness, sleaziness, disgust, and the closet as all that affects a Southern family in disarray. I've seen the play done in all-white versions and all-black versions, but the new Broadway produ ... More >>
Maggie the Cat is back
The fact that the new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' culture-clash classic A Streetcar Named Desire has a multicultural cast turns out to be a non issue. As long as the poetry is served, it doesn't matter what color the actors are, especially if they're game for the challenge. And in this ... More >>
A black Stanley Kowalski? Well, why not? We had a black Maggie the Cat just a few years ago. And at a meet-and-greet for the Streetcar Named Desire of color (with the white folks living next door) coming to Broadway, director Emily Mann gave us the reasons. "I knew Tennessee Williams and loved hi ... More >>
Here's what I know—and what you have to guess. Good luck.
Plus Derek Jacobi, the Shaggs, and other spring theater picks
I know there'll be cries of "But what about...?" Fine. Chime in with your own two cents. But first, here are mine, culled from a glorious career. (6) Cleopatra. 1963. The laborious yet somehow dazzling sand-and-eyeliner epic has been chalked up as a bomb by overeager historians, but in actu ... More >>
I dance, I chat with Brooke Shields, I learn about female private parts
It was announced the other day that James Franco will join Nicole Kidman this fall in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, about a gigolo's attempt to relaunch his dreams via an aging movie star.
Mavis Staples: For kids aged 8-80. Photo by Chris Strong.In this week's Village Voice, Amy Linden talks with soul icon/golden girl Mavis Staples about her collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, and David Cotner profiles local wailer Shilpa Ray.
Home is, as they say, where the heart is. So who's the guy selling you your Lipitor and what the hell are all these rats doing everywhere? In this week's Village Voice cover story, join staff writer Elizabeth Dwoskin for a rousing, fun, morbid round of the game New Yorkers everywhere can rela ... More >>
"If Geraldine Page's talent, invention, and daring were of Brando's caliber, then why is she barely remembered today?
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 >>
Get up close and personal with the gross-out auteur
At 82, he doesn't need reviving, but argues that his plays do
The Museum's Gotham artist round-up becomes a talent-sucking bog
She was such a fine actress and esteemed wit--one of those people you wanted to have around forever, to elevate the culture just by entering a room. Finding her own niche within one of the most illustrious acting dynasties of all time, Lynn exploded in 1967's Georgy Girl, in which she was th ... More >>
Jared GruenwaldTropicalia in Furs In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Charly Wilder tracks down an East Village storehouse of Brazilian psychedelia at Tropicalia in Furs. Phil Freeman on the Jane's Addiction reunion and three-CD, one-DVD box set, A Cabinet of Curiosities. Andy Beta talks ... More >>
Plus Ken Jacobs retrospectives, Alexander Medvedkin revisited
Last year it was announced that an unfinished Tennessee Williams play called In Masks Outrageous and Austere would be completed and would eventually head to Broadway in a version directed by Oscar nominee Peter Bogdanovich. Well, here's who I hear they're lining up for the juicy roles in this heated ... More >>
Mary Poppins makes little magic; Julie White gets big laughs
Judges from the last five decades pay homage to the productions and artists they'll never forget
Cost-Cutting Tip for Theaters: Delete the Art That's Lost Its Meaning
Collapsable Giraffe and the Pleasures of Obfuscation
Theater's Been in Flux All Century Long, So What's Left for It in the Next?
Rufus Wainwright plays the most dangerous game: devotion to a man
Instead of Not About Nightingales, the Tennessee Williams play should really be called Is About Three Hours.