December 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Tracy Letts has his hands full these days writing plays and preparing for the release of the movie version of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama, "August: Osage County. " But he's added another formidable task to his agenda: elucidating Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" for a 21st century audience. Playwrights often shed indirect light on their predecessors. Harold Pinter's taut language, for example, helped us to better appreciate Samuel Beckett's minimalist aesthetics.
November 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A few years ago, Tracy Letts was at the Broadway rehearsal of a play he'd written when he noticed some of the younger actors slacking off. Letts pulled them aside. "Don't take this for granted," the playwright and actor told them. "I mean, I've never been on a Broadway stage. " Letts recalled the story from a lounge area in the basement of the Booth Theater, where about an hour later, he had stepped onstage as George, that embodiment of human complexity and marital dysfunction in the revival of Edward Albee's classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
May 22, 2011 |
In the picture, I am probably 10 years old. I'm wearing blue jeans and a bright red sweater, and I'm perched on the stump of a redwood tree, surrounded by a forest of the same. On my lap, I hold an open book. My head is bowed, long blond hair studiously tucked behind my ears. I wish I could remember the book I was reading, but I can't. What I do remember is that I knew my mother was taking the picture — even though she didn't know I knew it. As a result, I was trying extra-hard to look serious.
January 24, 2011
'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' George Segal received his only Oscar nomination for his supporting performance in 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" as Nick, a young college instructor who gets more than he bargains for when he and his wife visit a squabbling couple. 'A Touch of Class' Segal and Glenda Jackson were perfectly matched in the 1973 comedy "A Touch of Class" as a couple having an affair who fall in love. Segal won the Golden Globe; Jackson earned a Globe and an Oscar for her role.
September 26, 2009 |
You can't blame a writer for taking risks, especially when the writer is as talented as Stephanie Barron, whose background includes a degree in European history and a stint as a CIA intelligence analyst. Under the name Francine Mathews, she has written contemporary mysteries centered on Nantucket and globe-trotting thrillers set in the present as well as in World War II Paris ("The Alibi Club"). These are in addition to the nine novels in the Jane Austen mystery series for which Barron is best known.
April 29, 2009 |
How often have you sat through a movie wishing you could talk back to the screen, reshuffle the ending or cut and paste your own dialogue to suggest what Indiana Jones is really thinking about the local Asian help? Have you ever perceived a riotous subtext lurking beneath the placid surface of some classic Hollywood narrative and wanted to leap out of your seat and regale your fellow viewers? Well, imagine no more.