Monthly Archive for August, 2017

: August, 2017

‘Suitcase’: four rediscovered Irish plays

The Mint Theater Company in New York is continuing its exploration of the work of Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, who got off to a promising start with the Abbey Theater in Dublin in the 1930s, but

An underrated Robin Williams movie

As brilliant as he could be in flat-out comedies, my favorite Robin Williams movies are the ones in which the Juilliard-trained actor is contained by a good role. In the many tributes that appeared in

A late report on ‘Appropriate’

It’s hard to imagine a more up-to-the-minute – or more provocative – play than “Appropriate,” which is playing through Sept. 2 at Westport Country Playhouse. Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ drama about a

‘Brando’s Smile’: cutting through the myths

Working from personal material that only became available after his death, Susan L. Mizruchi cuts through much of the mythology surrounding the life and career of a great actor in “Brando’s Smile,”

The agent who became a legend

The nuts and bolts of movie career building and maintenance is the underlying subject of Brian Kellow’s compulsively readable “Can I Go Now?” (Viking), a biography of the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers,

The return of ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

A movie that was everywhere you looked on cable in the late 1980s, the Susan Seidelman-directed hit “Desperately Seeking Susan,” was laying low in recent years. The DVD went out of print and the film

‘Hustling’: TV 40 years ago & now

Thanks to Amazon Prime I caught up with the 1975 TV film “Hustling” which I have always wanted to see for its early (and much acclaimed) performance by Jill Clayburgh. The film is based on a book by

‘The Song Machine’: how hits are made

New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook’s fascinating 2015 book, “The Song Machine” (W.W. Norton), takes us through the huge changes within the music industry over the past 20 years. Seabrook charts the

90 minutes with Fran Lebowitz

Fans of HBO productions often complain that HBO DVDs tend to cost more than the video lines of competing companies and that the Time Warner subsidiary is often stingy with the extras, too.

When Liv Ullmann was flavor of the month

European film stars tend to stay in their home countries these days because it’s tough to find appropriate parts in Hollywood — for every Penelope Cruz there have been many, many Marthe Kellers. I was