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John Patrick Shanley

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Exclusive Tony Red Carpet Coverage with Gloria Estefan, Zach Braff, Questlove, and More!

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The 68th Annual Tony Awards provided many memorable moments from Hugh Jackman hopping his way through an opening number to Lena Hall uttering a joyous...

Stage Door: A Man's A Man, Outside Mullingar

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A smart production, set among orange oil drums, features a sharp cast, perfect lighting and sound design by Justin Townsend and Matt Kraus, respectively, and original music by Duncan Sheik. A Man's A Man is a rare opportunity to see early Brecht deftly presented.

On the Culture Front: Wine Dinner at Famed Beer Bar, Green Porno and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.31.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Rossellini shines a light on the humor of mating but also touches on our profound need for it beyond utility. Green Porno is incredibly cheeky fun but buried slyly in there is a message about those who wish to define acceptable mating practices and the urging for them to stop.

An Irish Moonstruck: Outside Mullingar with Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.28.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It would be impossible to imagine two more wrong-headed individuals than Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon, the next-door neighbors in John Patrick ...

Aisle View: Moonstruck in the Old Country

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Recent seasons have seen a dependable stream of first-rate Irish plays making their way to Broadway and off. The newest hails not from the old country but from Bronx-born scribe John Patrick Shanley. Outside Mullingar is one of those generations-of-country-folk-on-the-old-farm plays, and it's dandy.

The Warning Sign It's Time For A New Life Approach

Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living

What do you do when life becomes uninspiring and you're stuck in a rut? According to creative experts, sometimes a new approach is the only way...

Carl Gustav Jung and Facebook

Tim McHenry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Tim McHenry

As this session was about Jung, it was perhaps inevitable that the unconscious would make an appearance by the end of the evening. The image of the Red Book certainly brought Shanley to reveal a great deal more about himself than might be gleaned in a regular interview.

J.D. Salinger: The Ultimate Celebrity

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The biggest revelation in the new documentary Salinger is that The Catcher in the Rye author was not a recluse. Rather fame averse and a champion of i...

Substance Abuse: 'Flight' Closes the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.15.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Flight is the story of a flawed man enabled by the fact that he rarely loses control. That a hotel mini-bar can be scarier than a plane flailing in midair is a measure of this classic cautionary tale, one of the best pictures as award season approaches.

Off-Broadway Currently Boasts an Embarrassment of Riches

Andy Propst | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
Andy Propst

There's an extraordinary amount of richly conceived theater available currently at some of New Yorks's institutional theaters. To help you sort out what's what, here are some brief thoughts on a trio of recently opened shows.

'Storefront Church' Completes John Patrick Shanley's Faith Trilogy

Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion

A constituent angrily tells a politician, "You've become a bottle of smoke," in John Patrick Shanley's new drama, "Storefront Church," which is about ...

Theater: Storefront Church Testifies! Can I Get an Amen?

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

John Patrick Shanley's new play focuses on storefront churches -- those optimistic, home-grown, sometimes shady, often ramshackle but sincere houses of worship that spring up in poorer neighborhoods.

No. 3 In The Church And State Trilogy

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Wilborn Hampton

Politicians and preachers both trade in hope, the dream of a better life at some point. In Storefront Church, a politician and a preacher go head-to-head over matters spiritual and worldly, each wrestling with his own crisis of conscience.

Lullabies by Broadway's Best

Andy Propst | Posted 07.24.2012 | Parents
Andy Propst

Imagine you could gather Tony Award winners at your child's bedside to sing him or her to sleep. What if these artists were there to perform original lullabies by Stephen Sondheim?

'Breaking Bad' Star Will Star In Heated Political Play

AP | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Esposito will star in the final piece in John Patrick Shanley's "Church and State" trilogy of plays has been revealed. Pro...

Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Accused Of Forcing Violent Sex

Posted 03.30.2012 | Entertainment

Oscar-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck") is accused of forcing actress Amanda Jencsik to engage in violent sexual acts, the New ...

September Is for D.C. Theater Lovers on a Budget

Charlie Fink | Posted 11.15.2011 | DC
Charlie Fink

August and September are the theater doldrums. As a result, you find heavy discounting and often free or nearly free shows.

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.

Huff Post Review: City Island

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

City Island is deceptively funny, a blithe mix of smarts and feeling that never panders to the audience while offering a story about dreams that anyone could identify with.

Screenwriter John Patrick Shanley on "Ups and Downs," Taking Moonstruck to Broadway and the Plays That Inspired Him

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jon Chattman

Late last year, as part of the American Theater Wing's book The Play That Changed My Life, Shanley spoke out on those that inspired him throughout his career.

Remembering Tennessee Williams

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

John Patrick Shanley was among two dozen speakers who paid tribute to Tennessee Williams at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Thursday evening.

John Patrick Shanley Discusses His Doubt

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The timing may have been fortuitous, with the explosion of complains and lawsuits about sexual abuse against the Catholic Church. But Shanley insists that Doubt, isn't about the scandal.

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cathleen Falsani

The big-screen incarnation of Doubt may be even more powerful than the play, particularly given the eerie similarities it bears to a very real drama that has unfolded in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Doubt: Dazzling Provocation

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A heavyweight cast performs Shanley's compelling arguments about the nature of faith and certainty in a way that will spark discussions among viewers in the same way it did on Broadway.