I’m glad I caught up with Austin Pendleton’s unusual backstage story, Orson’s Shadow, which has settled in for a long run, I hope, at the Barrow Street Theatre downtown. For one surprising thing, it’s a treat to see Laurence Olivier onstage again.
Olivier, greatest classical actor of the 20th century, is also to be seen Read More
Nude! Nude! Nude! There’s a clothing-optional frenzy gripping Manhattan. The avalanche of post-9/11 sincerity and non-ironic, emotional squishiness has done nothing to reduce the amount of exposed flesh currently being proffered as middle-class entertainment. Without the deployment of cumbersome and expensive medical equipment, it is hard to imagine that the new episodes of Sex and Read More
What do drama critics do when they’re old and gray and clapped out? They go on reviewing plays, of course. But Kenneth Tynan, the most gifted theater critic since Hazlitt, gave up the reviewing game at the peak of his scintillating power to become Sir Laurence Olivier’s literary manager at the new National Theatre in Read More