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Classic Themes Ringing Relevant And True Make ICT's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' A Must-See

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.21.2016 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

"We licked stamps..." Begins Stephen Rockwell's "Vanya" in the ICT Production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Yes, indeed we did; of all kinds, not just postage but S&H Green Stamps for those of us who were poor and still have a memory can recall.

Stage Door: The Effect, Stupid Fucking Bird

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.03.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A science experiment is the antithesis of drama: It's studied, repetitive and seemingly objective in its results. The off-Broadway drama The Effect, now at the Barrow Street Theater, has two people taking experimental anti-depressants.

Papa Don't Preach: The Church vs. Chekhov

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Eliot Borenstein

For just a day, it looked like a liberal Russian's nightmare: the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) was proposing the removal of classic stories by Anton Chekhov, Alexander Kuprin and Ivan Bunin from the school curriculum, because they allegedly promoted "free love."

The First Law of Emotional Thermodynamics: Longing Is Directly Proportional to Self-Hatred

Francis Levy | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Before you plunge down the black hole of longing, consider that desire, particularly for an unattainable object, is directly proportional to self-hatred. You want only what you can't have because you hate what you have.

Preludes: Taming the Past

Barry Singer | Posted 07.16.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I wanted to see Preludes at Lincoln Center Theater the minute I heard about it. A musical about Sergei Rachmaninoff's three-year writer's block brought on by the botched premiere of his first symphony, and the hypnotherapist who saved him? That's for me.

Zazen or Ah Zen?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

There's an argument to be made that if everyone were mindful and lived in the moment, that little art would be produced. Is Waiting for Godot or Madame Bovary about living in the moment? It's certainly unlikely that Flaubert did.

Movie Review: Alex of Venice -- Mopey

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, Alex of Venice is as notable for what it doesn't do as for what it does. This is the story of a married parent suddenly forced to realign priorities when their spouse walks out. Think Kramer vs. Kramer - and then make the central character a woman instead of a man.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes: A Masterpiece

Karin Badt | Posted 07.24.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan took home the Palme d'Or this year with his outstanding achievement, Winter Sleep. No surprise here at Cannes, where this 3 ½ hour film was the buzz all week.

Norman Mailer Bit My Dad and Other Childhood Memories

Kipp Friedman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Kipp Friedman

I once asked my father what he felt was the secret to good writing. I was about 16 and was struggling to complete a school English paper when I turned to my father for advice, he being the famous writer of the family.

Talking About Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Durang won his first Tony this past summer for this play, and it's easy to see why: It is ambitious and clever and attention sustaining and hilarious!

Track 3 at Radar LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Photo: Justin Zsebe Conceived by the imaginative team of Tina Kronis and Richard Alger, and performed by members of the Theatre Movement Bazaar, Trac...

A Hilarious Opener for Berkeley Rep: Christopher Durang's Antic Vanya

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.30.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

You don't need to know Anton Chekhov's melancholy classics to giggle and guffaw at Vanya and friends, though some familiarity doesn't hurt. All you really need is the ability to laugh at human excesses, foibles and vanities.

Guns and Suicide: Worse Than Just a Means

Tom Harvey | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Harvey

Why aren't the number of non-gun suicides lower in high gun states? If the effect of guns on the suicide rate is just a matter of being a convenient means then gun suicide should replace non-gun suicide in many cases.

Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Rex Reed | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

I advise you to give up trying to figure out how everyone fits into assorted productions of Chekhov and just sit back and allow Christopher Durang's Harvard-honed wit and fine sense of camp to creep over you like a parlor game, directed with economy and finesse by the brilliant Nicholas Martin.

Classic Stage Company: A Reversal of Fortune

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Cara Joy David

During my career I have seen theater companies have a bad season or two and then rebound with good ones. But I don't think I've seen a company go from virtual obsolescence to consistent hit maker. What CSC has done is rather amazing.

Why We Should Ban Guns From Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's a radical proposal: Let's ban guns from being shown in movies and television. But not for the reasons you think.

Stage Door: The Heiress, Ivanov, No Escape

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." The sentiment comes courtesy of The Godfather, but it applies to the moving Broadway revival of The Heiress at the Walter Kerr.

Movie Review: End of Watch

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a Chekhovian truism that if you introduce a gun in the first act, it had better go off before the end of the play. That apparently didn't register with David Ayer, who wrote and directed End of Watch, a competent but unremarkable new cops-on-the-streets tale.

In Clybourne Park, President Obama Would Be an Impossibility

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Imagine it again: Not just a few but a majority of those voting in 2008 were enlightened hearts and they made electoral history. But not one of them is onstage in Clybourne Park. How then is this play, as The New York Times' theatre critic claims, "ferociously smart"?

HuffPost Review: Henry's Crime

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An oddball blend of crime tale and backstage comedy, Henry's Crime is a deadpan delight, an unexpected treat that offers the fire-and-ice teaming of Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Introducing Haiku Reviews

Kimberly Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Kimberly Brooks

Haiku reviews are a quick and easy way for our bloggers to express their opinions -- a series of Tweet-able art reviews coming to you every Friday.

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

I was intrigued by Symmetry Theatre's claim that fewer good roles are written for women, I found myself wondering if people might not be aware of the variety of plays that do indeed have meaty roles for female characters.

Stanley Tucci's Tenor hits high notes

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A week after his Broadway directing debut, Lend Me a Tenor, opened to glowingly positive reviews, director Stanley Tucci is lonely - and it surprises ...