First, the good news: The Commons of Pensacola, a new play by movie actress Amanda Peet, is only 80 minutes long with no intermission. My kind of evening! It also stars the wonderful duo of Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker as a volatile mother-daughter pair in the middle of a life-churning crisis. Now for the bad news: It’s not much of a play at all—so unfinished, so tentative and unsure of itself, that it shouldn’t have been produced.
Alec Baldwin’s 30 Rock character, Jack Donaghy, was revealed in a 2010 episode to have recorded every word of the English language onto a university linguistics department website in order to preserve American diction for future generations.
And, though he hasn’t yet been named a General Electric executive, Mr. Baldwin’s putting the show’s surrealist plots into action.
The character of Will Donner, arguably the protagonist of the very strange romantic dramedy Waiting for Forever, is supposed to be charming and carefree. We know this because his whimsy is as subtle as a vuvuzela: A traveling street performer who could be the love child of Benny and Joon, Will hitchhikes; dresses exclusively in Read More
We pondered sub-prime teen sex comedy Sex Drive with the cast of Gossip Girl.
At a Pratt Institute benefit at Chelsea Piers, the prince of the Palazzo Chupi, Julian Schnabel, told us exactly what he thinks about John McCain.
We waved goodbye to George W. Bush and Cindy McCain at the Read More
Blythe Danner—the venerable actress and mother of Gwyneth and Jake Paltrow—has mixed feelings about New York City—a place that is filled with reminders of the life she shared with her late husband, filmmaker Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002 at the age of 58. “A poet wrote, ‘The edge softens, but it never Read More
Room with a view
We were talking last week to Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, about the $4.3m penthouse apartment he just bought at his One Fifth Avenue co-op.
“The view here is Heaven,” exclaimed Mr. Rechelbacher, referring to his wrap-around porch. “Heaven on Earth with a view.”
“It’s 360,” Read More
Another reason not to move to San Francisco, even though New York’s economy is looking a bit rickety: For 22 years, the City by the Bay has been hosting an Exotic Erotic Ball , which arrives
on our shores tonight accompanied by many waxy-looking female-bodybuilder types (see grim photo). Madonna attended this Read More
Ignore the Critics; Go See Follies
I hate critics who hack away at each other in print almost as much as I hate anchovies. I will therefore do what everyone else in town is doing. I will ignore the churlish reviews of Follies , join the rest of the passionate theatergoers who stand in line Read More
Theater 1: Pair of Paltrows
Gwyneth Paltrow is a game and gorgeous commodity who has thus far peddled little more than her icy beauty in bland roles on the crowded market floor. Her Dow Jones may change with Sliding Doors , a fresh, offbeat love story that lands her in blue-chip stocks. At today’s Read More
Edward Burns’ No Looking Back marks both an advance and two interesting changes of direction from this young writer-actor-director’s two acclaimed films, The Brothers McMullen (1995) and She’s the One (1996). Up to now, Mr. Burns has comically chronicled the problems of working-class Irish-Catholic young men faced with adjusting their guilt-ridden sex drives to the Read More