Category Archives: Theatre

Grounded, by George Brant, at The Public

Grounded, by playwright George Brant, tells the story of a cocky Air Force pilot, grounded initially because she got pregnant, and then transferred to what she calls “the chairforce,” pilots who sit in trailers on bases thousands of miles away … Continue reading

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At the Public Theater: Grounded, by George Brant

An old old friend of mine, George Brant, has written a play that just opened at The Public, and it’s directed by Julie Taymor and starring Anne Hathaway. It is called Grounded, and it’s already had successful runs all over … Continue reading

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Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale: Live

One of the highlights of Ebertfest this year was the screening of A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro’s impressive debut as a director, with the script based on Chazz Palmenteri’s phenomenally successful one-man show about his childhood in the Bronx. … Continue reading

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On This Day: March 24, 1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on this day, in 1955, in New York. Brooks Atkinson, one of Williams’s staunchest critic supporters, wrote: “[The play seemed] not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life.” The performances … Continue reading

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Chicago: Go See Santaland Diaries!

It’s become a Chicago theatrical tradition. I’ve seen it a couple of times. It’s an adaptation of David Sedaris’ hilarious tale of working as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s. Starring my old dear friend Mitchell Fain who RULES in … Continue reading

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Shakespeare at Fenway

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, out of Boston, is kicking off their 20th anniversary season with an evening of William Shakespeare at Fenway Park: September 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. With not one, but two, O’Malley cousins on the bill. Because that’s … Continue reading

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“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else …”

Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams) was born on this day in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. Will you do a total stranger the kindness of reading his verse? Thank you! Thomas Lanier Williams — Tennessee Williams, letter to editor Harriet Monroe, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

James Joyce and Ibsen James Joyce, as a young man, was an enormous fan of Henrik Ibsen, who was doing something very radical and very new with his plays. Here’s an excerpt from Richard Ellmann’s biography in regards to Joyce … Continue reading

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Snapshots

— Busy busy. Busy writing, busy getting over a killer flu which laid me flat for five straight days. Dammit. I have spent the time sleeping, writing, binge-watching Supernatural (I’m only on season 3, don’t spoil it), and reading Victor … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Caricaturist’, by Geoffrey Hellman

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town (Modern Library Paperbacks), edited by Lillian Ross is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped by … Continue reading

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