April 14, 1993 |
"Fa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-bulous!" That was Tony Kushner's written response to his winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Millennium Approaches," part one of his "Angels in America" epic, which was presented in November at the Mark Taper Forum. He was using a line spoken by one of the characters in the show.
December 23, 2008 |
"Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway" is a documentary about a Broadway musical that is based on a documentary. If that has a certain snake-eating-tail improbability to it, well, the Grey Gardens story of two eccentric former socialites is, in any medium, all about improbability. In 1976, Albert and David Maysles' film "Grey Gardens," introduced increasingly cultish audiences to Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale.
April 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
December 20, 1992 |
What's behind the change in directors of "Angels in America," Tony Kushner's two-part epic, as it moves from the Mark Taper Forum to Broadway? Oskar Eustis commissioned the play when he was at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre and also directed the Taper production of Part I, "Millennium Approaches," in 1990. He and Tony Taccone shepherded the just-closed production. But when Part I, "Millennium Approaches," opens at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 25, George C. Wolfe will direct.
April 14, 1990 |
Thursday's news that his "The Piano Lesson" had won the Pulitzer Prize for drama caught playwright August Wilson largely unprepared. It was only three years ago, after all, that he won the Pulitzer for "Fences." Once is terrific, but twice ? "I was just so busy trying to get the show open that I wasn't even thinking about it.
June 8, 2010
Charlie Sheen gets to remain a free man for at least another month. A plea bargain under which the actor was expected to be sentenced to 30 days in an Aspen, Colo., jail for assaulting his wife hit a snag Monday, and the court hearing was postponed until July 12. Sheen, 44, the star of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," had been expected to plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault, and to be sentenced to 30 days in jail. The reported deal would have allowed him to leave jail to coach actors at a local theater during the day, and he could have been freed after 17 days with credit for good behavior, according to legal sources.
January 10, 2013
The Directors Guild of America on Wednesday announced nominees in the television categories for its annual awards, recognizing the behind-the-scenes talent of shows including "Mad Men" and "Homeland" as well as familiar faces such as Lena Dunham, Louis C.K. and Bryan Cranston. In the drama category, two "Homeland" directors picked up nominations: Michael Cuesta for the second-season finale and Lesli Linka Glatter for the episode "Q&A. " Jennifer Getzinger was nominated for "Mad Men's" fifth-season premiere, "A Little Kiss," while Rian Johnson and Greg Mottola - both directors best known for their film work - earned nods for "Breaking Bad" and "The Newsroom," respectively.
February 4, 2012 |
The cheering Thursday night at the Mark Taper Forum began backstage, half an hour before the house lights went down for Act 1 of "Clybourne Park. " That's when Jordan Roth, head of the company that owns Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, phoned the cast members to assure them that they'll still have jobs after Feb. 26, when the show will end its L.A. run. The withdrawal of a key producer earlier this week had threatened to abort the Taper production's transfer...