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July 28, 1991 | HILARY DE VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a regular contributor to Sunday Calendar.
Like many an experienced actor, Ron Rifkin declined to read the reviews of his opening-night performance in Jon Robin Baitz's new drama, "The Substance of Fire," when it premiered Off Broadway last spring. A veteran character actor with more than 30 years' experience, Rifkin was simply playing one more role when he took to the stage as Isaac Geldhart, a Holocaust survivor and haughty New York publisher who risks bankruptcy and the love of his children rather than compromise his principles.
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December 14, 1996
I take exception to John Anderson's review of "The Substance of Fire" (Calendar, Dec. 6). If he doesn't like the screenplay, OK. But I have trouble with his reasons why, such as his complaints about the "incomplete history" of the story. One example: He chastises writer Jon Robin Baitz for not explaining how Isaac Geldhart (Ron Rifkin) accumulated his wealth without business acumen when it was clearly stated in the film that his late wife was the brains behind the biz side of the publishing house.
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December 14, 1996
I take exception to John Anderson's review of "The Substance of Fire" (Calendar, Dec. 6). If he doesn't like the screenplay, OK. But I have trouble with his reasons why, such as his complaints about the "incomplete history" of the story. One example: He chastises writer Jon Robin Baitz for not explaining how Isaac Geldhart (Ron Rifkin) accumulated his wealth without business acumen when it was clearly stated in the film that his late wife was the brains behind the biz side of the publishing house.
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December 6, 1996 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
Does any film dealing with the Holocaust invariably become a Holocaust Movie? It seems a natural process of attrition: The gravest aspect of a thing tends to overwhelm it, contain it, direct it, until the subordinate characteristics fall away like rain. Is it the same with a man?
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December 6, 1996 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
Does any film dealing with the Holocaust invariably become a Holocaust Movie? It seems a natural process of attrition: The gravest aspect of a thing tends to overwhelm it, contain it, direct it, until the subordinate characteristics fall away like rain. Is it the same with a man?
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September 11, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Added Substance: Gena Rowlands has been cast in the Mark Taper Forum production of Jon Robin Baitz's "The Substance of Fire," joining the original New York production's Ron Rifkin and Patrick Breen. It's slated for Jan. 10-March 7.
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December 2, 1999
Going to the Big Apple for New Year's Eve? Here are some other things to do while you're there: * Part 2 of "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000," concentrating on post-1950 art, is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art through Feb. 13. 945 Madison Ave. Advance tickets: (877) WHITNEY. Open Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 1-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults $12.50; age 62 and older and students, $10.50; age 12 and younger, free. (212) 570-3676.
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September 17, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
From "Face to Face With Connie Chung" to Face to Face With Sharon Gless. "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," starring Gless as a Beverly Hills lawyer-turned-public defender, was hurriedly inserted in the CBS fall schedule to replace "Face to Face" after Chung announced that she was curtailing her schedule to focus on getting pregnant. The trade-off may turn out to be mutually beneficial for Chung, Gless and viewers.
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March 25, 2011 | By Sheri Linden
By turns flat and strained, "Peep World" is a collection of personality disorders in search of a story. On the evidence of the finished product, it's hard to judge what drew the strong cast ? Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman and Judy Greer among them. Perhaps it was the opportunity to riff off one another, although under the direction of Barry W. Blaustein ("The Ringer"), there's barely a suggestion of comic energy, and Lewis Black's voice-over narration does nothing to up the ante.
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June 23, 1993 | RICHARD STAYTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The marquee in West Hollywood might be advertising a burlesque show: "Naked at the Coast." Inside the Coast Playhouse, there is indeed nudity. But more provocatively there is talent--raw and polished, demented and celestial. They call themselves Naked Angels and it's past time this precocious New York theater company descended on the West Coast. Naked Angels has grown from an underground group of relative unknowns into an astonishing play development company.
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July 28, 1991 | HILARY DE VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a regular contributor to Sunday Calendar.
Like many an experienced actor, Ron Rifkin declined to read the reviews of his opening-night performance in Jon Robin Baitz's new drama, "The Substance of Fire," when it premiered Off Broadway last spring. A veteran character actor with more than 30 years' experience, Rifkin was simply playing one more role when he took to the stage as Isaac Geldhart, a Holocaust survivor and haughty New York publisher who risks bankruptcy and the love of his children rather than compromise his principles.
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December 14, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Jon Robin Baitz sees America as a nation in denial. In his new play "The Paris Letter," he focuses on two areas of delusionary behavior: sex and money. He unifies these attention-grabbing themes in the same powerful character, a money manager -- magnificently portrayed by Ron Rifkin -- who tries to maintain as much obsessive control over his own sexual nature as he does over his clients' fortunes. The man trips. The play triumphs.
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May 3, 1992 | Andy Marx
Plans are under way for playwright Jon Robin Baitz's celebrated New York stage hit "The Substance of Fire" to become a movie produced by Sydney Pollack and his company, Mirage Enterprises. The play, currently running at New York's Lincoln Center and scheduled to play at the Mark Taper Forum next season, will be directed by "Europa Europa" director Agnieszka Holland, according to Mirage President Lindsay Doran.
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