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David Mamet

TV Review: Al Pacino, Phil Spector, and Media Justice

Caryn James | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment
Caryn James

The first question the film raises isn't about the murder. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin?

Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector in HBO Film

Jay Weston | Posted 05.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have very mixed feelings about the Mamet film. I thought it was truncated, disturbing, prejudiced... and featured two stunning performances by Pacino and Helen Mirren.

Women React to HBO's Film Phil Spector

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

It is a mark of Western culture that we are obsessed with watching the tale of one's "fall from grace." But why?

Old White Guys

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it's another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the "Tea Party", are so perpetually angry.

Really Really at the Lucille Lortel Theater: Yes, Really

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

You want to scream, "Check out your sense of entitlement," at the characters in Paul Downs Colaizzo's richly evocative debut play Really Really, an MCC production downtown at the Lucille Lortel Theater, directed by David Cromer.

David Mamet's Newsweek Eruption: Another Reason We Need Solid Reporting on Guns

Paul Raeburn | Posted 04.05.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

David Mamet's anger and passion is so intense that if he proclaimed this in a theater you'd be able to see the spittle settling like gentle rain on the patrons in the first few rows of the orchestra. Sadly, intensity is not all we have. It's accompanied by dreadful lack of reporting.

David Mamet's 'Bizarre Rant' On Private Gun Ownership

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts

Playwright David Mamet defended private gun ownership this week, stating in an article published in Newsweek that he ardently supports citizens' right...

Movie Review: Knife Fight

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Knife Fight is about on a level with the kind of comedy that shows up on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, with casts full of aging former TV stars. Movies like this give political satire a bad name.

Something Isn't Right Here: Surprises of the Fall Broadway Season

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As the dust settled, I asked a bunch of industry people to comment anonymously on what they consider to be the biggest surprises of the fall season and one of my unsolved mysteries of 2012-2013.

Stage Door: Golden Boy, Glengarry Glen Ross

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Golden Boy is a knockout. It's a magnificent exploration of what it means to be an American and how we define success. Set in a lower-class New York neighborhood in 1936, it tells the story of Joe Bonaparte. Like an earlier Bonaparte, he, too, wants to be king of the world.

Glengarry Glen Ross's Broadway Revival

Rob Taub | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Rob Taub

When Glengarry Glen Ross debuted in 1984, David Mamet's play about Chicago real-estate agents redefined American theater with its own unique language, style and rhythm.

Theater: David Mamet's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week on Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

David Mamet is so distinctive that his name became an adjective. So he'll survive this week in which his play The Anarchist immediately posted a closing notice for Dec. 16 and a revival of his Glengarry Glen Ross opened with a starry cast and less starry reviews.

Finding Broadway's Voice on Social Media

James Sims | Posted 02.08.2013 | Arts
James Sims

For Broadway, it isn't so much about a specific voice -- let's call it the Marketing Mamet Effect -- rather it's a tone that drives social strategy.

Celebrity Worship Is a Mixed Bag

David Macaray | Posted 01.27.2013 | Entertainment
David Macaray

It's such a disappointment when our favorite writer or entertainer says or does something that not only disappoints or confuses us, but offends us. His or her personal philosophy shouldn't enter into it, but it does.

FACE IT: We Are Not as Dumb as They Think

Michele Willens | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Michele Willens

We can choose to believe that everything and everyone is dumbing down. But I don't buy that. And I think a lot of others also don't want to be told what to think. People who -- if it's smart and sturdy -- will come, and sit still for as long as it takes.

What to See on Broadway This Fall -- From the Producers

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

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.

Rebecca Pidgeon Sings About Her Worst Date Ever... Now Tell Her About Yours

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 07.11.2012 | Home
Kristi York Wooten

The Brit-born songwriter/actress may be best known for her turns in films by her writer/director husband David Mamet (The Winslow Boy, The Spanish Prisoner), but deep down she could never deny her musical voice.

Got ART?

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.18.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Rene Romero Schuler's solo show at the Jennifer Norback Fine Art Gallery is up through the end of the month and shows incredible sensitivity to the female state; the outer image and the more ephemeral internal spirit.

Movie Review: Haywire

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I don't know whether Gina Carano has a future as an actress but she certainly kicks ass in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, a jet-propelled action-thriller that has little time for wasted motion.

Haiku Reviews: 'Hair', Cirque du Soleil and Some Electric Cellos

Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

What Joan Rivers and Marcel Proust Doodled on Their Mail

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
Elana Estrin

Correspondence can speak volumes about the letter-writer. From idiosyncratic letterheads to sketches, stamps, cartoons and multiple-choice form letters, what do a letter's illustrations reveal?

PHOTO: Al Pacino Rocks Crazy Disguise For New Film

Posted 09.11.2011 | Entertainment

A legendary music producer who helped shepherd in R&B and worked with some of the biggest names in rock history, Phil Spector's career already warrant...

Christopher Hitchens Slams David Mamet's New Book

nytimes.com | CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS | Posted 08.20.2011 | Books

This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written by one of those people who smugly believe that, having lost their faith, they must ipso facto have...

Book Review Roundup: A Portrait Of India And A Dissection Of A Novel That Changed The Course Of History

Posted 08.20.2011 | Books

"The Secret Knowledge On the Dismantling of American Culture" by David Mamet New York Times This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written ...

Book Review Roundup: British Rock And An Amazonian Forest Adventure

Posted 08.06.2011 | Books

"Daughters of the Revolution" by Carolyn Cooke San Francisco Chronicle This is a dramatic social novel, a successful entwining of people that c...