October 18, 2001 |
Anyone who has ever suffered through a dry academic symposium, with various "experts" pontificating in prolix philosophical terms that would baffle Spinoza, will find much to hoot about in Oren Safdie's "Private Jokes, Public Places" at the Malibu Stage Co.
February 21, 2003 |
Another openin', another show. And another show. Two high-profile, upcoming Broadway productions -- the musical "Urban Cowboy" and Yasmina Reza's play "Life x 3" -- are scheduled to premiere March 27, and both say they won't change their plans. It is unusual for two Broadway shows to open on the same day, thus going head to head for newspaper space, television coverage and opening-night party publicity.
March 31, 2000 |
South Coast Repertory, the Costa Mesa theater that has built a national reputation as a nurturing ground for new plays, will offer four world premieres in its 2000-2001 season. "Edward Beekin" by Richard Greenberg (Sept. 8 to Oct. 8) and "The Beard of Avon" by Amy Freed (June 1 to July 1, 2001) come from playwrights who were 1998 Pulitzer Prize finalists with plays first produced at SCR--Freed's "Freedomland" and Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain."
October 23, 2000 |
Is "Art" art? Or is Yasmina Reza's comedy, now playing at South Coast Repertory, merely a charming bagatelle without real philosophical heft or substance? The answer lies somewhere in between. Last season's production of "Art" at the Doolittle Theater in Hollywood, which featured the original Broadway cast, was a pleasant enough experience--the actors proficient, the staging thoughtful.
September 23, 2002 |
DESOLATION A Novel by Yasmina Reza Alfred A. Knopf 144 pages, $19 * Yasmina Reza is best known in this country as the author of the Tony Award-winning play "Art." The Paris-based former actress is also the author of several other plays produced over the last decade or so, including "Conversations After a Burial," "Winter Crossing," "The Unexpected Man" and "Life x 3."
January 20, 1999 |
If there's one lesson to be gleaned from Yasmina Reza's "Art," it's to avoid building up unrealistic expectations of your friends. Theatergoers should observe the same rule with "Art" itself. Though "Art" won the Tony Award for best play last year, don't expect a big deal. This is a 90-minute conversation, broken only for a few monologues and one memorably silent action.
June 8, 1998 |
Disney overcame the skepticism of the traditional Broadway powers and was fully welcomed into the fold Sunday as the company's "The Lion King" won the Tony for best Broadway musical. The giant entertainment company had received only a lukewarm critical response for its first Broadway venture, "Beauty and the Beast," which failed to win the best musical Tony in 1994.
September 21, 2001 |
In print and in person, New York colleagues of mine have referred, variously, to Yasmina Reza's "The Unexpected Man" as "exquisite," "unendurable," "special," and "an evasion of dramatic responsibility." Surely a play must be doing something right to provoke such a range of responses. Surely it must. Mustn't it? You can answer that one for yourself if you like, by way of a most attractive Geffen Playhouse production staged by Maria Mileaf.
January 6, 2010 |
What do you do when your universally praised cast departs and you have to find another set of actors to carry on in a hit Broadway play? Such was the challenge facing Robert Fox and Stuart Thompson, lead producers behind "God of Carnage," Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning comedy that did boffo business with its original performers and now has been recast with Jimmy Smits, Christine Lahti, Annie Potts and Ken Stott. "What we wanted to do was . . . make sure we had the right combination of people," Fox said.
September 3, 2003 |
"Nothing great or beautiful in this world has ever been born of rational argument." That offhand line from Yasmina Reza's "Art" contains the key to staging Reza's deceptively simple play about three men whose longtime friendship founders over what appears to be, well, a rational argument about the nature and value of art.