October 6, 1988 |
What a five-star farce! "Dear John" begins--and almost immediately the funny one-liners hit the fan. Premiering at 9 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, it starts good, then gets very good before getting better. The somber protagonist of NBC's new comedy is teacher John Lacey (Judd Hirsch), who seeks solace in the One-to-One therapy club after his wife leaves him for his best friend. Instead of answers, though, he finds absurdity. The executive producers here are Peter Noah, Ed.
September 22, 1990 |
The courtroom drama "She Said No" (Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channels 4, 36 and 39) is yet another TV movie dedicated to the proposition that, however heinous a sexual assault, there's no rape quite like a follow-up rape via the legal system.
February 3, 1989 |
On a recent afternoon, Hal Landon Jr. was admiring the set of "Talley's Folly," currently on the Second Stage at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. The set, a weathered boathouse overgrown with weeds, has an ornate, gazebo-style skeleton, rotting floorboards and a rowboat sitting by the river bank.
October 3, 2013 |
The knock against Neil Simon in the early days was that he cared more about his punch lines than his characters. "The Sunshine Boys," his 1972 play about the rocky reunion of a pair of elderly vaudeville comics, attempts to turn this playwriting vice into a virtue. Wisecracks come as naturally to these shambling funnymen as drawing breath. And though arthritis has set in, they still relate to the world as if it were the setup for a slapstick routine - locks refuse to open, a TV (unplugged)
August 30, 1992 |
It was going to be a long workday. Before it would end about 13 hours later, he would give two emotionally draining performances in "Conversations With My Father" that would leave him sweaty and spent, though invigorated by a second round of enthusiastic curtain calls. Right now, though, it's midmorning on a gloriously sunny Wednesday, and Judd Hirsch is taking it easy. He's walking his two dogs, the rambunctious Lucius and the woolly-haired Ashley, in a paved expanse beside the Hudson River.
August 25, 2012 |
Chris Messina, at 38, is the "It" boy of 2012. The summer saw him in two movies ("Ruby Sparks" and "Celeste and Jesse Forever") - and in October, he'll appear in Ben Affleck's "Argo. " On the TV front, he's appeared on the final season of "Damages" and plays ratings-obsessed bad guy Reese Lansing on "The Newsroom," which wraps its first season Sunday. This fall, he'll costar in the new Fox comedy from "The Office" alum Mindy Kaling - "The Mindy Project" - as her insufferable, anti-romantic-comedy co-worker Danny Castellano.