It’s quite something to behold a bare-chested man jumping around in a cherry red kangaroo suit. As we entered the youthful domain of the New Victory Theater’s gala honoring the Australia Council for the Arts, there he was.
A hodgepodge of theater philanthropists and celebrities entered slowly behind us, passing not only kangaroo-man but an assembly of cast members from Melbourne’s Circus Oz, the current holiday show at the venue.
Movie Stars Speak
“Do rainbows come out of your nipples? Do you fart cinnamon?” Jay Baruchel asks Allison Pill in forthcoming hockey flick Goon. It’s a comedy, surely, but as The Observer watched the film in February, we were vaguely uncomfortable. In between the coarse (if riotously funny) jokes, the sucker punches and the dirty checks, a darker Read More
On what could only be described as a glorious midsummer night, the Public Theater celebrated its annual summer gala in Central Park. A sit-down dinner preceded a star-infused performance of All’s Well That Ends Well, one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works, directed by Daniel Sullivan.
Players from the worlds of Broadway, Hollywood and New York’s Read More
Salt is not a cautionary tale about the dangers of high blood pressure from too much sodium. No, it’s just another entry in the flaky, forgettable farrago of predictable action thrillers in a particularly brainless summer, this time starring Angelina Jolie as a C.I.A. operative named Evelyn Salt, who may or may not Read More
On a Tuesday night last summer-July 14, Bastille Day-I saw my first play as The Observer‘s new theater reviewer. It was Vanities, an awful Off Broadway musical at the Second Stage, and the evening was memorable only because it was also the night the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the trade Read More
The enjoyment you get out of The Last Play at Shea is directly proportional to your tolerance of Billy Joel and love of the New York Mets. Paul Crowder’s documentary about Mr. Joel performing the final concert at Shea Stadium premiered at Tribeca this week and it will make anyone who grew up in the Read More
It’s a thankless task, being the father in an Arthur Miller play—always a failed salesman or a suicidal military-parts manufacturer. So, too, for Eddie, the paterfamilias uncle in A View From the Bridge, who has a hard job as a Brooklyn longshoreman, a devoted but nagging wife and a lovely young orphan niece who’s growing Read More
On Thursday, June 25th, celebrities basked in the early evening sunshine at the opening night of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park. Playwrights Tony Kushner, David Hare and Suzan-Lori Parks; actors Candace Bergen and Patricia Clarkson; comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short; and broadcaster Diane Sawyer were just a few of the stars who Read More
O.K., so I saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Much like all of you, I too had heard the talk from all those people who downloaded (for shame!) the incomplete version and took to the Internet to talk trash and etc. and as much as you sort of wish you didn’t pay attention to such things, you Read More
What do the all the major wars from the last 150 years, the director of the Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi and the Sexiest Man (and Oscar host) Alive have in common? If you guessed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you got it! The trailer for the summer’s first big action spectacle, which premiered in front of The Read More