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Clifford Odets

First Nighter: Neil LaBute's Money Shot Hits the Target

David Finkle | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Money Shot (title appropriated from porn-industry jargon, if you didn't already know) shouldn't be as consistently amusing as it is. LaBute get his laughs -- and he gets a carload of them -- from two embarrassingly easy targets.

Theater: A Dull Big Knife, a Noble La Ruta Spotlights Injustice

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Clifford Odets's image as a Serious Writer whose work became dated and self-important almost as soon as it left his typewriter has proven more durable than that magic act.

All-Time Oscars: The Eight Best Screenplays and Cinematography Jobs of All Time

Jon Eig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I figure if the Academy can arbitrarily choose nine Best Picture nominees this year, I can set my numbers wherever I want. So here are the eight best screenplays, and eight best cinematography jobs (OF ALL TIME!).

On the Culture Front: Let's Get Old Fashioned

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.01.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Maggie the Cat (Scarlett Johansson) isn't wearing gloves for her own fight for the American dream in Tennessee Williams' lyrical Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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.

Theater: Golden Boy No Knockout; Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Golden Boy is a handsomely mounted revival by director Bartlett Sher, with the sets and lighting especially effective in rooting us in the late 1930s. But the play itself doesn't get under our skin.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.