“We have a Shakespearean, Elizabethean temper,” Al Pacino informed a seated crowd Monday evening in Central Park. As part of its 50th Anniversary Gala, the Public Theater was honoring Mr. Pacino with an award, in the form of a prop rapier he had once wielded on stage, “I’m a little nervous,” he laughed. “I wish I had water, but I have a sword,”
I was a college freshman when the movie of Oleanna opened in late 1994, and already it seemed, to undergraduate eyes, a bit dated.
Oleanna, David Mamet’s tense two-hander about student-professor gender politics and power dynamics, was arriving in theaters only three years after Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court. Read More
On Monday, Feb. 16, the crowd assembled outside the Jane Hotel on the West Side Highway before the Cynthia Rowley show was greeted by protesters upset about the conversion of building from an SRO into a hotel. Once inside the small, chandelier-lit chamber, though, seats filled quickly, even though the room seemed full of mostly Read More
“Honestly, I’m having a panic attack,” said Bourne Ultimatum co-star Julia Stiles, 26, wearing sleeveless, shiny purple after the movie’s East Hampton premiere, which was organized by publicist Peggy Siegal on Sunday, July 29. Matt Damon (not present) may be through with being Bourne, but Ms. Stiles isn’t ready to give up on the franchise Read More
The monarch on a busman’s holiday in the real world who falls in love with a commoner is an old Hollywood formula that has been played out by such diverse royal highnesses as Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday , Ezio Pinza in Mr. Imperium and Hedy Lamarr in Her Highness and the Bellboy . But Read More
When it comes to the Public Theater’s annual free Shakespeare in Central Park, I usually find myself doing a rain dance. Sometimes it works. Now, I agree a rain dance isn’t a nice thing to do to Shakespeare lovers on a balmy summer night. But not if you’ve seen Shakespeare in the Park lately. Plus, Read More
Patrick Stettner’s The Business of Strangers , from his own screenplay, is unusual these days, even for an independent film, in that its protagonist is a middle-aged woman climbing the corporate ladder. On a tempestuous day and night in her career, she becomes accidentally involved as a mentor to a sassy younger woman employed by Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C.–It was after 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 29–the early morning hours after the 87th annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner–and the well-dressed media types (along with a smattering of politicians) were beginning to filter out of Michael Bloomberg’s jiggy after-soirée at the Trade Ministry of the Russian Federation.
“This is not a Read More
It was one of the first beautiful spring days on the Columbia University campus, one of those glorious days when Columbia guys are known to gather on the steps of Low Memorial Library and act like guys– you know, shooting the breeze, catching rays, pausing occasionally to admire, perhaps a bit oafishly, shapely young things Read More
We are never shown the errant spouses, though Mr. Chan is
heard once. Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan resolve not to behave as their errant mates
have done, but the strange thing is that Mrs. Chan actually means it. Besides,
the degree of stylization achieved with an unseen husband and an unseen wife
makes it Read More