John Leguizamo Speaks And NYC Theaters Band Together In ‘Immigrant Arts Coalition’
In an often funny, moving and profanity-laced keynote address this week, actor, playwright and memoirist John Leguizamo denounced the entertainment industry’s ghetto attitude toward Latino history, people and artists.
“One out of every six Americans is Latin – why aren’t we represented on TV accordingly? Why is Hollywood ignoring us? Where is our Driving Miss Daisy?” Leguizamo (Bloodline, Ice Age franchise, Carlito’s Way) wondered aloud Monday during what was billed as… Read
New York Magazine Names Sara Holdren New Theater Critic
Sarah Holdren, an off-Broadway director with an eclectic resume, has been hired as theater critic for New York magazine and its online entertainment site Vulture, editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced Thursday. Holdren fills the vacancy left when critic Jesse Green defected to The New York Times in May as co-chief theater critic with Ben Brantley.
Holdren begins July 31 and will write reviews and essays, according to the magazine. "We were looking for a fresh, exciting… Read
Review: ‘Shameless’ Writer Dominique Morisseau’s Searing ‘Pipeline’
Dominique Morisseau has been cutting a wide and spectacular path through the writers’ ranks, as executive story editor on Showtime’s Shameless and as the author of The Detroit Project, a trilogy of plays including Skeleton Crew, recently presented in a knockout production by the Atlantic Theatre Company. With Lincoln Center Theater’s smashing world premiere of Pipeline, which opened Monday at the Mitzi E. Newhouse, Morisseau confirms her place in the sphere of writers not… Read
Hollywood Execs Sign Letter Supporting Lincoln Center Festival Rejecting Call To Cancel Israel-Funded Performances – Update
UPDATED, 7:04 PM: CAA co-head of television Adam Berkowitz, WME head of TV Rick Rosen and Propagate Content co-CEO Ben Silverman are among the Hollywood brass who have signed a letter supporting Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ rejection of a request to cancel upcoming performances by a troupe underwritten by an agency of the Israeli government. “Selectively silencing art is dangerous," according to a letter signed by nearly 50 execs (read it in full below). "Art… Read
Paul Dooley On Robert Altman, Mike Nichols And A Character Named Paul Dooley
Writers are warned never to give away the ending of a movie or play. But beginnings are fair game. This is how Paul Dooley opens his one-man show, Movie Dad:
‘I am a character actor. That's the definition of me. For the past 60 years, I've been pretending to be other people. Tonight, I'm going to pretend to be myself. The character actor is never the star of the movie or the TV show. The audience may feel his face is familiar, but have no idea what his name is. Some of… Read
Toronto’s Top Troupe Soulpepper Makes Coming From Away A New York Trend
Less then a week after bringing home five Doras – that’s the Canadian version of the Tony Award – an immigrant troupe called Soulpepper begins a monthlong stand just off Times Square at the Signature Theatre on West 42nd Street. The timing is significant on its own merit: “Soulpepper on 42nd Street” begins Saturday, which is Canada Day, marking the sesquicentennial of the nation’s founding and celebrated, much like our own Independence Day, with great demonstrations of so… Read
Actors & Stage Managers Approve Pact With Non-Profit Theater Troupes
Actors' Equity Association members have ratified a five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters, which represents 72 non-profit theaters across the U.S., including major companies including New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater, and California’s Center Theatre Group and the Old Globe.
The contract, negotiated earlier this year and voted on during a 10-day period that ended June 23, covers actors and stage… Read
Audience Member Shouts “Let’s Hear It For Women Producers!” As Broadway’s Tony-Winning ‘Indecent’ Extends Run
Actor Richard Topol stepped forward last night on the stage of Broadway’s Cort Theatre at the end of Indecent to share some news with the audience. A few hours earlier, producer Daryl Roth said that plans to close the show June 25 had been rescinded. The run has been extended through August 6. “Tell everyone you know,” Topol implored the customers. And someone shouted back, “Let’s hear it for women producers!”
Even with the boasting rights two Tony Awards confer (for… Read
‘1984’ Broadway Review: Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge & Reed Birney Revive Orwell’s Grim Tale
It’s entirely possible that producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman – who’ve brought Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s frequently harrowing adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 to Broadway after three years in London and on the road – meant to parody the punitive Big Brother-like tone with the program insert that accompanies the Playbill. The giveaway is that “101 minutes,” an unsubtle reference to Room 101, the torture chamber described in the 1949 novel and made quite… Read
‘Cats’ Broadway Revival To Be Scratched At Year’s End
Cats, whose original run was one of the longest in Broadway history, now will see its revival come to an end. Producers of the show confirmed today the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance at the Nederlander Organization’s Neil Simon Theatre on December 30 — that will make it 16 previews and 593 regular performances when all is done.
The show opened July 31, 2016, the first revival of the musical since the original blockbuster closed after an… Read
Brutus, Interruptus: Protester Charges Assassination Scene In Trumpy ‘Julius Caesar’
As an accomplice videotaped from the audience, a lone protester charged the stage of the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park Friday night just after a Donald Trump lookalike portraying Julius Caesar had been assassinated. Shouting, "Stop the normalization of political violence against the right," and, "This is violence against Donald Trump,” Laura Loomer was booed and shouted down by audience members, who promptly tweeted and Instagrammed the event as she was removed from… Read
Review: Kevin Spacey’s ‘Darrow’ At Center Court Is A Net Win
Kevin Spacey has an enduring passion for Clarence Darrow, the Chicago lawyer famed for defending the defenseless and the undefendable. Championing the causes of union “anarchists” and transgressive disruptors (his most celebrated case was, arguably, the Scopes “monkey trial,” in which he represented a substitute teacher arrested for the crime of teaching Darwin in a Tennessee classroom) and, above all, the end of the legal murder known as capital punishment, Darrow was… Read