June 3, 2003 |
Cancer cells can be ambitious little imperialists. So can the cancer-fighting researchers and the institutions that support them. This is the provocative metaphor that informs Bob Clyman's "The Secret Order," a compellingly sharp-tongued drama at Laguna Playhouse. Producer Norman Twain hopes to take the play to Broadway next season. Under the direction of Michael Sexton, "The Secret Order" briskly analyzes four mostly well-intentioned people who work at a fictional medical institute in New York.
October 23, 2009 |
As in the best movie satires, there's a solid core of truth informing director Jonathan Parker's "(Untitled)," which takes on the New York art and music worlds in one smart and funny swoop. The film, co-written by Parker and Catherine DiNapoli, strikes a mostly happy balance between observational farce and heightened reality, without defaulting to the overly broad or ridiculous just to prove a point. The filmmakers are also blessed with a strong cast, whose portrayals of the movie's various buyers, sellers and creators rarely feel forced or concocted but believably lived in. Adam Goldberg, whose aggressive-neurotic shtick has often been wearying, is enjoyably effective here as Adrian Jacobs, a brooding, strangely passionate composer of atonal music who just can't square why his "sound art" falls on so many deaf ears -- and empty concert halls -- while his painter-brother Josh's (Eion Bailey)
January 22, 2000 |
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles are as appealing a pair of young lovers as you could wish for. And as long as first-time writer-director Kris Isacsson focuses squarely on them, "Down to You" plays well as a story of how two intelligent, privileged people meet in college, then fall passionately in love lots faster than they were prepared for.
October 1, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Revolution Rachel and her father (Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Collins) try to revive Aaron (Zak Orth) in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC Arrow This special episode recaps the events that led billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to become a vigilante.
September 28, 1997 |
One major New York critic suggested that his name sounded suitable for an extraterrestrial, while another pegged it as appropriate for a weatherman. But these observations merely served as a preamble to the raves both reviewers wrote about Zak Orth's performance as a hysterical young man out to avenge his mother's disgrace in a recent off-Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance."