| Jan 1, 2008
WHEN was the last time you heard anyone get excited about a new film critic? That was my reaction when "Michael Clayton" director Tony Gilroy began raving to me about the review he'd seen on YouTube. "It was terrific," he said. "I sent it to George...
| Jul 30, 2008
Fame, addiction, fatality: "Long Day's Journey Into Night," now on view at the Theatricum Botanicum, posits the American family as crime scene, echoing back to the Greeks but as modern as Britney's latest rehab lapse. A half-century since its Broadway...
| Jun 16, 2008
FIRST THE good news: Compared to our debt-roiled, war-mired nation, Broadway had a lot to celebrate this year. In addition to luminously acted new dramas and shimmeringly staged revivals, there was something approximating a genuine horse race for best...
| Sep 12, 2008
If the pun is the lowest form of humor, then the creative team behind "It's the Housewives!" are theatrical spelunkers of the most audacious sort.
A bit of history. It seems that many of the numbers in this cheerful new musical, now at the Whitefire in...
| Aug 10, 2008
Here's what's playing on Broadway through the end of August. Note that although some of these shows' official opening dates aren't until September or later, preview performances are offered.
-- Avital Binshtock
"A Chorus Line": This lively exploration...
| Jan 24, 2009
In case you missed it, there was a big stage production in Washington, D.C., this week involving symbolic rebirth, stirring rhetoric and sobering evocations of bloody national conflicts, mixed with some lighter touches, all performed near the memorial...
| May 17, 2009
In a spare rehearsal room across the street from the Pasadena Playhouse, Kelly McGillis is preparing a role she may have been born to play. It's one of the great women characters of the American theater, the acerbic Southerner Regina Giddens in Lillian...
| Mar 8, 2009
The Winter Sun
Notes on a Vocation
Graywolf Press: 210 pp., $15 paper
"The formation of our relationship to the world (for some of us) is experienced as an unfolding." This is how poet and essayist Fanny Howe has always written about the...
| Mar 8, 2009
March has been declared Carla Gugino month -- or maybe it just feels that way. The actress is in the just-released "Watchmen" and in Friday's "Race to Witch Mountain." And she's soon heading to Broadway for Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms."
| Mar 19, 2009
Natasha Richardson, the luminous British actress from one of the world's great acting families, whose performances ranged from the high-brow drama "The Handmaid's Tale" to the lightweight comedy "The Parent Trap" and the Tony-winning Broadway production...
| Jun 7, 2009
On the opening night of the revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms," Kevin Spacey, Naomi Watts and a crush of theatergoers pressed into the St. James Theatre. But the man most instrumental in its transfer from Chicago's Goodman Theatre was...