February 15, 1987
At the time of its occurrence, the Vietnam War was generally regarded as a shameful, horrible fiasco. Today (witness "Platoon," et al.), the war is viewed in retrospect as having engendered its participants with a certain tragic-heroic nobility. It is a tribute to the human spirit that only pleasant memories perrsist. I look forward to the day when we all remember the Vietnam War as actually having been fun.
July 21, 1987 |
Three cheers for "Leave It to Jane." Well, two. Your true "Jane"-ite demands perfection, and George Schaefer's revival for Musical Comedy/L.A. falls short of that. But compared to "The Boys From Syracuse," the company's opening show at the James A. Doolittle Theatre, it's divine. Let's say that progress is being made. Students of the American musical should certainly not miss "Jane."
September 12, 2013 |
Writer-director Kat Coiro follows up her romantic comedy "Life Happens," whose farce hinged on an unplanned pregnancy, with the sober drama "And While We Were Here," whose central conflict stems from a miscarriage. "Life's" Kate Bosworth stars as Jane, an uptight writer who dresses kind of frumpily for someone who claims to be the party and fashion reporter for Town & Country U.K. She accompanies her musician husband Leonard (Iddo Goldberg) on a business trip to Naples, where she intends to finish transcribing her grandmother's life story.
May 1, 2013 |
The early American settlers called it "the starving time," and accounts of the winter of 1609-1610 were so ghastly, and so morbid, that scholars weren't sure if the stories were true. George Percy, then president of the English settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, wrote that settlers ate horses, then cats and dogs, then boots and bits of leather, and, finally, one another. "One of our colony murdered his wife, ripped the child out of her womb and threw it into the river, and after chopped the mother in pieces and salted her for his food," wrote Percy, who then ordered the man executed.
February 6, 2014 |
"Above the Fold," the title of former New York Times reporter Bernard Weinraub's stacked new morality play about 21st century journalism now at the Pasadena Playhouse, reveals the author's background as an ink-stained dinosaur. For tablet-reading news junkies under 40, the expression refers to the placement on the front page of a broadsheet newspaper that attracts the most eyeballs and therefore wields the most influence. The very appealing Taraji P. Henson, best known for her role in the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest," stars as Jane, an ambitious reporter at a prestige New York newspaper who's tired of writing lifestyle pieces about trendy Harlem restaurants.
January 29, 2014 |
As a reporter covering Hollywood for the New York Times, Bernard Weinraub was amused whenever producers or studio executives were unable to remember the names of the screenwriters of their latest films. "They would actually say, 'I'm not sure,' or 'A couple of people.' Very few of them actually knew who wrote the movie," Weinraub said. "It always cracked me up. It's such a collaborative process. Obviously, that never happens in the theater. " So when Weinraub retired from journalism in 2005 and began a second career as a playwright, he thought he would wield more clout than Hollywood screenwriters.