In the weekly grind of seeing, suffering through, and writing about what passes for movies today, perfection is a word I rarely have the occasion to use. A warm, wonderful and enchanting work of artistry such as My Week With Marilyn is the exception to that problem. What an extraordinary thrill to leave a movie exhilarated instead of drained, sated instead of empty, rejuvenated instead of depressed. It’s a magical experience.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s saga of manners and mores in 19th-century England and bad timing in matters of the heart, is an enduring story, one of the most revered works of literature in the English language, and fodder for big-screen interpretations. Despite an infinite number of television adaptations, here it is again, brushed off Read More
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s saga of manners and mores in 19th-century England and bad timing in matters of the heart, is an enduring story, one of the most revered works of literature in the English language, and fodder for big-screen interpretations. Despite an infinite number of television adaptations, here it is again, brushed Read More
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
Perhaps we all felt we knew Arthur Miller, for to know a man’s plays is to be on friendly terms with the man. I wouldn’t pretend to have known Miller personally, but we met a number of times and talked by phone, and each time I was left with a pleasurable insight into him.
For Read More
Oliver Stone’s Alexander, from a screenplay by Mr. Stone, Christopher Kyle and Laeta Kalogridis, was partly inspired by Alexander the Great, the best-selling 1973 biography written by Robin Lane Fox, who also served as a historical consultant on the film. Curiously, Mr. Stone’s movie is entitled simply Alexander, unlike Robert Rossen’s seemingly forgotten though not 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
I didn’t want it to end. The Shakespeare Society’s¹ John Gielgud memorial tribute was such an amazing evening I wanted it to go on longer.
I wish John Gielgud had gone on longer. One of the speakers reported that he died, at 96, while he was still in the middle of working, filming some David Read More
Could you name, I wonder, the one play in the history of theater that has a birthday?
When was Hamlet born? The premiere of The Three Sisters ? The date that Tony Kushner’s Angels in America , the epic drama of our time, opened? No, only John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger , the watershed Read More
Hey, ho-a brave new year! We shall do our best. We shall press on, old cockie-as Sir Ralph Richardson liked to put it.
Knights in tights have been giving me pleasure over the holidays. The concurrent publication by Applause Books of the lives of England’s three greatest knights of the theater-Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Read More