A Light Meal

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

Photo by Joan Marcus ‘Picnic’ is  pretty as a picture, but often only skin deep Mare Winningham often plays the overlooked character – the girl left behind, the weary but steadfast wife, the beleaguered mother. Though known for her film work (the least Brat Pack-y cast member of St. Elmo’s Fire, 2 Emmys for her television work), her stage career [&hellip
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Brain Matter

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

Photo by Joan Marcus In Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place offers the performance of the season We’ve all met people like Juliana Smithton, the prickly pharmaceutical researcher played with astonishing nuance by the inimitable Laurie Metcalf in Sharr White’s The Other Place. Accomplished, curt, sensible, Juliana is all business and no empathy, the kind of woman we have either [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils’ Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 (So Far)

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wolf27s_law By Simon Lazarus Vasta My Bloody Valentine, TBA (TBA) The music masses have been waiting for a follow-up to My Bloody Valentine’s last album, the modern-classic-that-has-been-around-so-long-now-it’s-just-a-classic Loveless, for twenty-one years now. Many, myself included, had given up the faith, stopped chasing that particular white whale, and resigned themselves to crate-digging for early MBV obscurities. But [&hellip
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Armond White’s Better-Than List 2012

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Better-Than-List-2012600 Armond White takes stock of the past movie year in annual list In 2012, politics became personal fantasy. Movies weren’t just entertainment but were used to justify escapist (possibly even anti-social) points of view. Critics misread films to suit their politics, but they could do so only because filmmakers were similarly biased. The year’s movies [&hellip
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5 Oscar Snubs…and One Pleasant Mini-Surprise

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

thesessions The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were unveiled earlier this morning, and largely went as foreseen. Whether you agree with me or not about thoughts like Silver Linings Playbook was too chaotic to be clever about family strife and mental illness, that Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild were major, if esoteric, emotional triumphs, [&hellip
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A Chat with Ken and Laura Marks of ‘Bethany’

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Ken and Laura Marks. Photo by Carol Rosegg More than four years into the current crippling recession, economic woes continue to haunt many American homeowners. Bethany, a Women’s Project show set to begin previews later this week at City Center Stage II, is directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and stars Emmy-winner America Ferrara as Crystal, a woman pushed to the brink by dire [&hellip
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Still Not a Brother: Armond White on ‘Django Unchained’

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django-jackson How SamJack stole Tarantino’s epithet orgy ‘Django Unchained’ Uncle Tom, the black overseer created by Harriet Beecher Stowe and despised ever after, reappears to spy on and punish other slaves in Django Unchained. It is the role Samuel L. Jackson was born to play. Here named Stephen, Jackson’s Uncle Tom-style shuck-and-jive is prototypical–even atavistic–climaxing the profane, [&hellip
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Desiree Burch and Dan Kitrosser: a Q&A with the Writer and Star of Tar Baby

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tarbaby1 Comedian Desiree Burch, best-known for her solo show 52 Man Pick-Up, returns with another one-woman show called Tar Baby. Instead of just reflecting on her own past, Burch looks at our country’s history, with comic emphasis on how race and capitalism collide. The show, which opens on January 8 at the DR2 Theatre following a [&hellip
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