Shameless showrunner John Wells seeks the Real America in August: Osage County
August: Osage County is the Pulitzer winning play by Tracy Letts (see above) about the disappearance of a father and how it further spirals one of the more dysfunctional families in American literature. It was a powerful experience on Broadway, and now, inevitably, it's become a Meryl Streep movie. ... More >>
Let me join in the hosannahs for the Pam MacKinnon-directed revival of Edward Albee's 1962 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. It's the classic about two university couples having to deal with the loss of the imaginary children that bound them, and doing so via booze, verbiage, wounding, and desp ... More >>
Broadway gets a refill of George and Martha
Amy Morton and Tracy Letts play Martha and George in the Steppenwolf revival of Edward Albee's blistering tragicomedy Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and at a meet-and-greet the other day, Morton told me it's about the seventh or eighth time she's been married to Letts. Onstage. "Are George and M ... More >>
Trailer trash Texans double cross each other in Killer Joe, the William Friedkin-directed film of the Tracy Letts play which brings skanking, shooting, and sex with fried chicken parts onto the big screen with unapologetic candor and dark humor. Whether you and your date like the film or not, you w ... More >>
In Tony Kushner's new play -- see title above -- even the hustler went to Yale. His characters, as always, are whip-smart, tossing off erudite references to classic authors, even as they do dumb things worthy of characters in plays by those same authors. The three-hour-25-minute-plus-inter ... More >>
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
Fashion Week, Idol chatter, a gesture toward Liza. By Michael Musto
A review of the Broadway season's best leg-breaking, plus some arm-twisting
Doing Atonement over platefuls of shrimp with James McAvoy. Jodie Foster goes out on the town, finally.
A post-strike round-up: four Broadway openings, plus a little Off-Broadway Darwinism
The theater only reflects our alarmingly accelerating thirst for blood
Break out the citronella candle: This creepy thriller gets under the skin
Michael Shannon flies first-class in a new thriller; Olbermann gets an award named after a former thriller. Plus other gnats and tats.