On the evening of Monday, April 19, Carly Simon stood backstage at N.Y.U.’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, surrounded by a scrum of excited kids, a dozen celebrity actors and singers and Taro Alexander—the ebullient founder of Our Time, a nine-year-old theater company composed of the aforementioned children, all of whom, like Mr. Alexander Read More
Where the Wild Things Are
Running time 100 minutes
Written by Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze
Directed by Spike Jonze
Starring Max Records, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose, Paul Dano, Catherine O’Hara, Forest Whitaker, Chris Cooper
I’m the first to admit that I went into Where the Wild Things Are with Read More
Let me begin at the end.
Place: Central Park. Time: almost 11:45 p.m. Play: Hamlet. Spirits: low.
Fortinbras and his army have entered Denmark at last, signaling the end. Hamlet has just died—poisoned in the duel scene—and is probably glad to be out of it. The king, Read More
Lauren Ambrose will return to the Delacorte this summer as Ophelia in the Public Theater’s production of Hamlet. The fiery redhead was the leading lady in last year’s Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare in the Park and will replace Crimes of the Heart‘s Lily Rabe, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Read More
The writers’ strike might be over, but we can still feel the afttershocks—just look at what’s gonna be on the tube this spring (i.e., not much). Sure, Lost (ABC, Thursday, 9 p.m.) returned a few weeks back, but it’s still a truncated season (13 episodes instead of 16, boo!). And How I Met Your Mother, Read More
A year without a new play by Sir David Hare can’t be all bad—and so it happily proved.
Top of my list is the stunning, imaginative achievement of Gregory Burke’s Black Watch—the first docudrama about war I’ve seen to successfully turn reportage into art, and the first play about the Iraq war to tell Read More
Lauren Ambrose was recognized by the Actors’ Equity Foundation for her superb performance in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet this summer. She, along with Is He Dead?‘s Byron Jennings, have been selected to receive the 2007 Joe A. Callaway Award. The award — which includes an engraved plaque Read More
It’s hasn’t been a good couple of months for Michelle Williams. First, she breaks up with Heath Ledger. Now, Spike Jonze is kicking her off of Where the Wild Things Are for Lauren Ambrose, the redhead who recently received rave reviews for her turn as Juliet in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Read More
STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING
Running Time 111 minutes
Written and directed by Andrew Wagner
Starring Lauren Ambrose, Frank Langella, Lili Taylor
Excellent, deeply introspective performances by Frank Langella and the phenomenal Lauren Ambrose inform and enhance Starting Out in the Evening, a moody film by Andrew Wagner. Mr. Langella embodies Read More
Bad news for folks desperately awaiting the arrival of The Return of Jezebel James, the midseason Fox comedy from Gilmore Girls creator (and genius) Amy Sherman-Palladino starring Wuz Girl Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose. Late last week, the network reduced the order from 13 episodes to just 7, according to Variety. Read More