Two 91-year-old titans made belated Broadway debuts this fall. In the case of the actor James Earl Jones, it was not in a play but on a marquee . In September, the Cort Theater, on West 48th Street, where he’d first performed in 1958, was renamed in his honor . And on Thursday, with the opening of a revival of “Ohio State Murders” on the same stage, Adrienne Kennedy finally had one of her works appear in what is, for better or worse, the center of American theatrical culture. Why it took so long in either case is a question you can answer in one word or many. In “Ohio State Murders,” Kennedy, an avant-gardist who deserves a place among our most honored and produced playwrights, does it in many, each of them a bullet. Not that the 75-minute play, first performed in 1991, is coldblooded or didactic. Rather, in Kenny Leon’s piercing production, starring Audra McDonald in another performance ripped from her gallery of harrowing women, it is painful both in the story it … [Read more...] about Review: Who Committed the ‘Ohio State Murders’? Who Didn’t?
The Brooklyn Academy of Music gave a fuller picture of its spring season on Thursday, announcing the New York debut of the novelist Zadie Smith’s first play, “The Wife of Willesden,” and performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal. A revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama “ The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window ” and a spring music series by the pop star Solange Knowles were announced earlier this fall. Smith’s “The Wife of Willesden,” adapted from the Wife of Bath’s tale from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” will arrive at BAM in April, after runs at the Kiln Theater in London , where it is currently onstage through Jan. 28, and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where it will receive its U.S. premiere in February. The play, set in an 18th-century London pub, centers on the Jamaican-born Alvita (Clare Perkins), who recounts a bawdy history of her five marriages to a group of strangers. Directed by Indhu … [Read more...] about Zadie Smith’s Play to Make Its New York Debut During BAM’s Spring Season
In the beginning, everybody cried. A lot. “I’d say the entire cast spent the first two weeks of rehearsals in tears, in tears , and they had no idea why,” said Maria Friedman, the director of the new, hotly anticipated revival of “Merrily We Roll Along.” That’s the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical from 1981, which opens on Dec. 12 at the New York Theater Workshop, and all but sold out its limited run the day tickets became available. In a season plump with Sondheim revivals ( “Into the Woods,” next year’s “Sweeney Todd” ) and literature , this one carries an especially heavy cargo of expectation — the hope that its creator’s most notorious flop might finally be rehabilitated. A British star of musicals and a peerless interpreter (and friend) of Sondheim, who died a year ago , the 62-year-old Friedman tends to talk in breathless, boldfaced italics. This means that even speaking the unvarnished truth, she often sounds hyperbolic. “I’d love to be able to say that … [Read more...] about ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Was Sondheim’s Big Flop. Can She Save It?
BOSTON — Seductive, addictive and destructive, fame is the dangerous drug that your parents didn’t warn you about. Like many social scourges, it has frequently been the subject of voyeuristic entertainments, heavy-breathing narratives in the tradition of the great Jackies of lowdown bestsellerdom, Susann and Collins. Those seeking a more sobering perspective on the toxic highs of celebrity may want to make the pilgrimage to the Boston area, the cradle of admonitory American puritanism. There, through next week only, two high-profile productions are tabulating the wages of notoriety, and the view from the top has seldom looked lonelier. In the case of one of them — Maria Friedman’s splendid, London-born revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1981 musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” from Boston’s Huntington Theater Company — the view is also exhilarating. Long regarded as one of the beautiful and damned misfits of the Sondheim canon, this portrait of the slippery road to … [Read more...] about The Pain of Fame, With Sondheim, Warhol and Capote as Guides
New York City has a rat problem, but this holiday season one neighborhood is dealing with the menace: There is a new fearless cat on the Lower East Side, and he can take down an awful lot of vermin. He can also crack wise, twerk and land somersaults, because we are in the wacky land of pantomime, not the 6 o’clock news. The highly interactive, highly silly British holiday tradition known as panto has not made many inroads in the United States, but “Dick Rivington & the Cat” proves it can be done, respecting the genre’s codes while putting a local spin on them. The show borrows the structure of the panto classic “Dick Whittington and His Cat” and relocates it to the neighborhood surrounding Abrons Arts Center, where it is playing. Luckily the area has long been a haven for the downtrodden, so it welcomes the poor orphan Dick Rivington (Annette Berning) and his companion, Tommy the Cat (Tyler West), who have been wandering around looking for a place to call home. They … [Read more...] about ‘Dick Rivington & the Cat’ Review: A Civic-Minded Holiday Treat
Click here to read the full article. Argentina’s La Puerta Roja , a fruitful production venture between Roxana Ramos’s Aramos Cine (“The Silent Party”) and Fernando Díaz’s Machaco Films (“Terrified”), have secured rights to the short story “Un Gato Muerto,” by esteemed Argentinian author, Guillermo Martínez. The film adaptation, “The Cat’s Scream,” a co-production between Argentina and Uruguay, will be directed by Jorge Caterbona, who helmed Argentine cult telefilm “La Casa De Tourneur.” More from Variety Outplay Films Takes on Ventana Sur Primer Corte Winner 'Leon' (EXCLUSIVE) Del Toro Films Share Set Photos of Tamae Garateguy's 'Auxilio,' Preview 'The Last Heretic' at Ventana Sur (EXCLUSIVE) Ventana Sur 2022: Takeaways, from Buzz Titles, Deals, to Great Genre Ideas, Spain Powering On, Pandemic Blues News of the acquisition comes on the heels of a Ventana Sur preview of Demián Rugna’s (“Terrified”) diabolical possession thriller, “When Evil Lurks … [Read more...] about La Puerta Roja Preps ‘The Oxford Murders’ Author Guillermo Martinez Story, Sneak Peeks Demián Rugna’s Next (EXCLUSIVE)
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 The center of gravity of “The Whale” is obviously the 600-pound man at its center. Look closely, though, and he's the one with a soul as light as a feather. Charlie is a reclusive, morbidly obese English literature teacher unable and unwilling to stop eating himself to death. As his health woes mount and his life expectancy is put at just a week, Charlie struggles to reacquaint himself with his estranged daughter. We meet him on Monday and the film goes day by day to Friday. Charlie is a gentle giant, not raging at his fast approaching demise. He's an optimist and a fierce believer in truth even though there is nothing in his world reinforcing either. “The Whale” is not always pleasant to watch but the payoff and performances make it an astounding film. Stationary and wheezing on his couch, Charlie is repeatedly visited by a constellation of people — a friendly … [Read more...] about Review: ‘The Whale’ is a hard but astounding film to watch
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court panel said New York can continue enforcing a new state law banning guns from “sensitive” places like parks and theaters while the judges consider a legal challenge. The temporary stay from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday puts on hold most of a ruling last month from U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby, who found constitutional issues with multiple portions of the law related to carrying firearms in public places and to licensing requirements. New York adopted the new gun law this summer after a Supreme Court ruling invalidated the state's system for granting permits to carry handguns outside the home. The law expanded who could get a handgun license, added new licensing requirements and created a long list of places where firearms would be banned. Suddaby in November issued a preliminary injunction halting the state police and local officials named in the lawsuit from enforcing some provisions of the law. The appeals panel … [Read more...] about Appeals court allows New York to keep enforcing new gun law
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 NEW YORK (AP) — Ke Huy Quan is trying hard not to cry. He’s been crying a lot lately. Quan tends to get emotional any time he contemplates his sudden reversal of fate. Every since “Everything Everywhere All at Once” opened in theaters earlier this year, 51-year-old Quan — who a lifetime ago was the iconic child star of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” as Short Round, and Data in “Goonies” — has been, he says, “overwhelmed by emotions every day.” “I didn’t think this day would come. It was a day I wanted for so long, for decades. And it’s finally here,” says Quan. “When you have a dream and you kind of bury it because you think it won’t come true, to see it finally come true is incredible.” “I cry a lot,” he says. Quan was once one of the most indelible faces — and voices — of the 1980s. He was 12 when he was cast as Harrison Ford’s Yankee-hat-wearing … [Read more...] about ”It’s fate.’ 40 years later, Ke Huy Quan is a star, again