The CityArts Interview

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

TheCityArtsInterview300 Harold Holzer on the 16th POTUS By Elena Oumano   Harold Holzer calls himself an “opportunist,” but this is true only in the most positive sense—he embraces all promising opportunities that cross his path. “If a project comes along that sounds exciting, it doesn’t matter how impossible it is,” he says. “I try to dive [&hellip
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Winter Guide to the Movies

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Looking back at Martin Scorsese’s 1981 speech to the National Board of Review is relevant to the upcoming film season. Scorsese praised the venerable film group for its attention and preservation of the national film legacy, saying, “You care about movies, and to care about movies is to care about people and history.” Those words [&hellip
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Catching Up with Amy Morton

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

amymorton1 The star of the current ‘Virginia Woolf’ revival opens up about the role of Martha, Edward Albee, and eating Many are familiar with Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, one of the most cutting seminal works of modern theatre. It has been a mainstay of dramatic study since it debuted, with many a [&hellip
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Hello Gorgeous: Charting the First Lap of a Star Who Outran Them All

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

hellogorgeous When Barbra Streisand tied Katharine Hepburn for the 1968 Best Actress Oscar, she became one of the few Jewish film actresses to nab Hollywood’s highest honor, a list that, to this day, numbers only six in Oscar’s 84 years of ceremonies. That she remains the only true star that on that extremely short list makes [&hellip
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All That Glitters

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Photo by Aaron Zebrock. ‘Restoration Comedy’ is a fun period party I just made a new friend named Chase. And another named Naomi. And yet another named Michael. They were all hosts of the raucous, rollicking party that is Restoration Comedy, now taking place nightly at the Flea Theater. All of my aforementioned new BFFs are part of the [&hellip
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City Arts: Presidents in Lust

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Bill Murray as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson Historical man-sharing in ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s deification–once the preoccupation of Depression and WWII survivors–comes to an end in Hyde Park on Hudson, a tell-all semi-bio-pic that is really about the women in FDR’s harem. Screenwriter Richard Nelson’s presumptuous aspersions present FDR’s wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) as a lesbian, his secretary Missy (Elizabeth [&hellip
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City Arts: Doing the Right Thing

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

DoingtheRightThing600 Mamet’s ‘The Anarchist’ explores our social divide Debra Winger in The Anarchist. Broadway’s newest drama, The Anarchist, proves that David Mamet has not just become a conservative; he’s become a poet. Taking as his inspiration the 1981 Brinks incident where subversives from the Weatherman Underground were convicted for killing a Nyack, N.J., policeman, Mamet examines the motives [&hellip
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Not as Easy as ABC

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

glengarry-scottlandis The latest ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ revival can’t close the deal Pity poor Shelley Levene, the has-been real estate salesman central to Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the corrosive nature of capitalism. Not only is pathetic Shelley, brought down to his knees from desperation, not too proud to beg his boss [&hellip
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