January 16, 2013 |
Yasmina Reza, the Tony Award-winning French dramatist whose stage hits include "Art" and "God of Carnage," has a new work out this month but it isn't a play. Reza has published a new novel in France titled "Heureux les Heureux. " The 190-page book follows 18 different characters and is structured as a series of monologues. The title, which can be roughly translated to "Happy Are the Happy," is a quote from Jorge Luis Borges's "Fragments from an Apocryphal Gospel. " The novel has received enthusiastic reviews in France.
January 29, 2012 |
Bradley Whitford, 52, has shuttled among theater, film and television since his Emmy-winning run on "The West Wing" ended in 2006. He plays one of three men arguing about an abstract painting in the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of "Art," opening Sunday, and stars in the horror film "The Cabin in the Woods," opening in April. Is this your first appearance onstage at your hometown theater? How did this come about? David Lee, a wonderful director, and Sheldon Epps, who runs the theater, asked if I was interested in doing this particular role in this particular play.
December 16, 2011 |
When stage-bound plays become cinematic, expanding them to the broader canvas that film allows is often the order of the day. But not with Roman Polanski and not with "Carnage. " In fact, one of the things that attracted the veteran director to Yasmina Reza's award-winning "God of Carnage" was the chance to make a film in the real time of the excruciating evening two couples — Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz — spend in a Brooklyn apartment. So not only is "Carnage" not opened up, it feels even more intensely focused on its quartet of protagonists than the play was. The tight close-ups of cinematographer Pawel Edelman, the way his camera moves within the detailed living space designed by Dean Tavoularis, adds to the let-me-out-of-here claustrophobia of the scenario co-written by Reza and Polanski.
December 14, 2011 |
Yasmina Reza never planned to make a film of her international hit play "God of Carnage," a hair-trigger drama about a playground scuffle between two boys that escalates into a bitingly funny, primal struggle among their parents. But when a longtime friend proposed making a movie, the Paris-based playwright knew exactly the type of director the film needed: a master of macabre humor, an expert at raising the tension inside tight psychological spaces, a connoisseur of the darkest recesses of the human heart.
March 6, 2011 |
When "God of Carnage," Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning comedy of bad bourgeois behavior, opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on April 13, it will feature the same cast that won near universal acclaim when the play debuted on Broadway in 2009 ? Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden ? a rare instance in which an entire Broadway ensemble reprises their roles in Los Angeles. For the producers, getting the stars ? literally and figuratively ? to align for a second time was no simple task given four respected actors' professional and personal lives.
September 19, 2009 |
The phenomenal success of "Art" seems due to its literary flair. Yasmina Reza's existential comedy about a meltdown among three longtime friends after one buys an expensive painting blends behavioral farce with sociological essay. That dichotomy lends "Art" an accessible veneer that has dazzled audiences since its 1994 premiere at the Comedie des Champs-Elysees in Paris. Not long thereafter, "Art" hit the English-speaking world in Christopher Hampton's idiomatic translation, winning an Olivier award and a Tony for best play in 1998.