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David Hare

Skylight: A British Argument May Not Win an American Audience

Monica Bauer | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts
Monica Bauer

It's as if an American had written a play about a six-year affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, where everybody made fun of Hillary.

Aisle View: Peering Through Hare's Skylight

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.02.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

We cannot at this point state that the Stephen Daldry revival of Skylight will be the finest of the group, no, but it is likely to be near the top of the list. This is a smashingly good production of what might be David Hare's finest play.

First Nighter: Ivo van Hove's "View From the Bridge" View, David Hare's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" Gaze

David Finkle | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

London--What can ordinarily be objectionable about Ivo van Hove's too often juvenile look-at-me directing is that he thinks it's innovative to play up a script's subtext. That, of course, is just what writers don't want done. It's called "subtext," for the blaring reason it's meant to remain sub.

Maureen Ryan

The Character-Actor Bounty Has Not Stopped This Season

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 11.06.2014 | Entertainment

Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks off, but we should be grateful for the character-actor bounty that has arrived well before the holiday. Last wee...

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

First Nighter: "The Designated Mourner" Still Wallace Shawn's Masterpiece, Only More So

David Finkle | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Wallace Shawn's darkly sublime three-hour play--and worth every devastating minute of it--The Designated Mourner was done initially in a 1996 staged r...

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday 9.13.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My hunch about skipping the opening weekend of this year's Toronto International Film Festival has paid off, in more ways than one. Mostly, however, ...

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is Important Stage Documentary

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The intent behind these stage documentaries is to inform. Although billed as plays, these theatrical entries aren't that. They're news reports outfitted with theatrical accoutrements.

The Reader is a Surprising Film: Nazis Can Be Sympathetic, Though Not Forgiven

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

On the whole David Hare has written a fascinating and engrossing script, and Director Stephen Daldry has given us a taut and emotional filmmaking achievement.

Reading Between the Lines in The Reader: When is Abuse Not Abuse?

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

The Reader? It's goodish. And Kate Winslet is, as ever, brilliant. And it has Nazis, which elevates it on the Oscar nom scale. But it doesn't fully address the fact that Michael is a victim of abuse.