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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, Tra...

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 ...

The Greatest Russian Writer You've Never Read: Andrei Platonov

The Guardian | Daniel Kalder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

An anti-Stalinist author who died in obscurity in 1951 may be the greatest Russian writer of the last century, his English translator Robert Chandler ...

Top 10 Stepmothers In Literature

The Guardian | Sam Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Stepmothers get what can only be called a "bum rap" in literature. From Snow White and Cinderella to Tolstoy to Judy Blume, whenever fiction needs a ...

President Obama and Remembering Chekhov

Jamie Holmes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Holmes

President Obama's two ambitions as a young man were to write fiction and to work for social change. The jarring contrast between his inspiring speeches and his compromising politics mirrors these influences.

Battle Stations: Among the Russians

Scott Diel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Diel

Russian lines take on distinct forms that are not, in fact, lines. They are more elliptical in shape with cells within the larger unit each playing out its own small drama.

Nothing Is Beautiful Unless it Is Serious

Amitava Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Amitava Kumar

When it was first performed in 1896, in Petersburg, The Seagull was a disaster. But the actors in this new production of the play by the Royal Court Theatre, are magnificent.