It had to happen. With the feeding frenzy over the passage of the same-sex marriage laws, in the press and in the chapel, someone had to come up with a play about it. Nine plays, in fact, staged in various venues across America (in New York, down at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village), featuring six skilled and adaptable actors reading the words of such diverse playwrights as Paul Rudnick, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute and Mo Gaffney, to name a few, on the subject of one of the biggest hot-button topics of the century. The umbrella title, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, says it all. All you have to do is listen, shed an occasional tear and laugh a lot. There is something for everybody.
I won’t say Tom Hanks can do no wrong, but for a man who lives and works in Hollywood, his track record at doing almost everything right is pretty astonishing. He triumphs again in Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal , a feel-good film of such originality and sweetness in a summer of otherwise derivative sequels and Read More
To stand a chance of having a good time at Paul Rudnick’s Valhalla , it would be best if you appreciated Greco-Roman art, crystal china, Wagner, carnal desire, camp, thinness, beauty in all its forms, braided wigs, interior design, Gothic architecture and Ethel Merman.
That takes care of me. But what about you ? I Read More
When Chris Whittle, the charter-school mogul at the helm of Edison Schools Inc., put his legendary East Hampton estate on Georgica Pond on the market for $46 million on Sept. 3, he was gunning for a Hamptons record.
But he may have to make every penny of that if he plans to come out Read More
Paul Rudnick’s Rude Entertainment for the esteemed Drama Dept. at Greenwich House Theater is like an enjoyably gay version of a Friars Club Roast. Whizzing through an evening that lasts just an hour and a half, his three one-act sketches, or playlets, celebrate the incorrect, outrageous glories of old-style queens, wickedly parody modern gay couples Read More
I recently and belatedly caught up with three movies that have found favor with the ever fickle public as reflected in box-office receipts, enthusiastic word-of-mouth, or both. The three apparent hits under discussion are Frank Oz’s In & Out , from a screenplay by Paul Rudnick; Peter Cattaneo’s The Full Monty , from a screenplay Read More