In a sense Frederick Wiseman was the wrong person to make National Gallery, which is currently completing a run at Film Forum. His signature reticence, characterized by a total lack of narration, becomes the work of art itself.
One evening in early November, the BAM Harvey Theater in New York City resounded to an electric guitar, a few American pop-rock songs including Bowie's 'Changes,' and the splat of paint-filled balloons hurled against the walls of the set.
"At that time if you were reasonably attractive, you didn't think 'oh I'm going to be a producer,' your focus is on acting. I did my first professional job when I was 14. I just fell in love with the theater and it just blossomed into a passion that never went away."
In this season of American politics it was especially engaging to witness Ibsen's political engagement of some of the same arguments we are still having in the 21st century -- the tyranny of the majority, and even the morality of trickle-down economics.
How far would you go to do the right thing? What if everyone tried to convince you that it wasn't?
Those are the questions at the center of An Enemy of the People, an Ibsen play brought back to life on Broadway.
I sometimes wonder why the majority of them do it. But I thank them all because without someone to produce the theater there would be no theater. This fall/winter the producers presenting work run the gamut from newbies to vets.