It’s one of history’s greatest ironies: The pioneering psychologists, those men and women who first stepped foot onto the vast expanses of our subconscious minds, were themselves not exactly the tightest screws. Although according to “A Dangerous Method,” they might very well have given some pretty damn good screws.
“West Side Story” is the safe musical, the one grasped easily enough by young (but not too young) audiences that it’s become one of the de facto introductions to theater. Of course, it helps when your source material is Shakespeare, your music is Bernstein/Sondheim and your legacy is ten Oscars. Now that the mega-successful 1961 […]
There’s one crucial component of film stars that separates them from theater actors: eternal preservation, the simple fact that a winking, luminous Marilyn Monroe in her white dress in 1954’s “The Seven Year Itch” would remain that way, sexy yet innocent, in 2011.
Making the most of a Muppet When Kevin Clash plays Elmo, his face takes on an otherworldly demeanor as his arms manipulate the furry red monster. You can see his eyes drift off like they’re staring at somewhere far away, almost rolling into the back of his head. He looks like he’s possessed, like the […]
Success stories in the theater world, like in music, film and every other form of art, are predicated first and foremost on one thing: circumstance. All of Rodger’s or Hammerstein’s talent and drive wouldn’t mean bupkis if they hadn’t been born men in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. You spend […]
Give credit where credit is due: Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare movie is not a Roland Emmerich Shakespeare movie. There are no earth-shattering explosions, no hordes of civilians fleeing for their lives like in the rest of Emmerich’s sound-and-fury-filled oeuvre, which includes the likes of everyone-outrun-the-Ice-Age thriller “The Day After Tomorrow”, everyone-outrun-the-giant-lizard thriller “Godzilla” and everyone-outrun-the-Mayan-prophesy thriller […]
Beau Willimon’s 2008 play Farragut North, about the cynical choices of a young political press spokesman, gets a Hollywood makeover that expands, but doesn’t necessarily improve it.
Kudos to Tyler Perry for taking on this revered and seminal work that turned artistic expression inside out with its explosive energy on stage over 30 years ago. Master story teller that he is, Perry dug deep and grappled with the emotional core of the scattered monologues of the treasured text from Ntozake Shange’s award […]