April 7, 2015 |
* NURSE JACKIE. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. JACKIE Peyton's life is spinning out of control, and there's nothing funny about that to Edie Falco, the woman who plays Showtime's drug-addicted "Nurse Jackie. " "My experience with addiction, people I love, that I've worried about and stuff," is that it goes the way it's gone for Jackie, said Falco, in an interview in January to talk about the show's final season, which begins Sunday with her character in jail. "I mean, how many times have I said, or have I heard people say, 'Isn't it enough?
March 4, 2015 |
Too many theatergoers, artists and critics operate under the idea that theater should provide social commentary, challenge orthodoxy, or motivate political change, with audience enjoyment a secondary (at best) concern. Paul Slade Smith's hysterical, albeit mindless, Unnecessary Farce exploded this mistaken belief one recent evening at Ambler's Act II Playhouse, as the audience roared throughout the 100-minute, two-act international hit. Smith has written a doozy of a door-slamming, mistaken-identity plot-shuffler.
February 3, 2015 |
Alil Vardar's The Divorcees Club proves one thing: The French are no more sophisticated than we are. Sure, they can boast the literary brilliance of novelist Michel Houellebecq and the biting satire of Charlie Hebdo magazine, but their biggest theatrical hit of the last two decades hasn't been the intellectually loaded dramas of Yasmina Reza ( Art , God of Carnage ), but Vardar's mindless 2003 comedy. The raunchy, riotous, Americanized U.S. premiere at Penn's Landing Playhouse shows why. The Divorcees Club starts with a too-familiar situation: Bethany (Aileen Goldberg)
January 9, 2015 |
Is Babylon , Oscar-winner Danny Boyle's new comedy on SundanceTV, supposed to be Monty Python -funny or is it a savage Brechtian dialectic? It's not funny or serious enough to be either. The half-hour series, which premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, stars the superbly accomplished Brit Marling, 31, as Liz Garvey, an American public relations pro hired to clean up the image of London's Metropolitan Police. As we see in rapidly edited clips, over-eager officers are shooting unarmed men and beating up teens (and journalists)
November 4, 2014 |
The first thing I'll say about Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It is that it's smart. Her one-woman stand-up presented by Simpatico Theatre Project asks hard, sometimes humorous questions about the use of rape jokes in comedy and deals with them in a sly, sophisticated manner. I'll start with her shtick - and no, I'm not referring to Truscott's performing most of her 75-minute show naked from the waist down. During the show, the New York-based choreographer-turned-comedian wears a big blond wig, oversize bra, and midwaist jean jacket.
October 3, 2014 |
WITH ALL the bad news coming from Atlantic City, there isn't much to laugh at down there these days, right? But the truth is, AC is a pretty hilarious place. In fact, Atlantic City could call itself the funniest burg on the East Coast. Not that this is anything new. After all, AC is where an aspiring comic-juggler named W.C. Fields honed his craft at the turn of the 20th century. It's where acts like Bud Abbott (an AyCee native) and Lou Costello , and the Three Stooges were regular headliners in their heyday.
September 19, 2014 |
THE TITLE "This is Where I Leave You" refers to what Suspension of Disbelief says to your Rational Mind the minute the movie starts. A father dies, his last wish is for his family to gather to mourn him for seven days and so a bunch of kooky siblings (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll) and their kooky mother (Jane Fonda) spend a week in their hometown getting on each other's last nerve. Sure. Tina Fey and Adam Driver are related. And Jane Fonda is their mom. And sure, during the seven days every character has a major life peak - an affair, a breakup, a make-up, a career jolt, brawl in the front yard.
September 6, 2014 |
Joan Rivers, the transgressive comedian, author, Fashion Police commissioner, filmmaker and QVC pitchwoman, died Thursday. On Aug. 26, the seemingly unstoppable octogenarian was dishing on E!'s Fashion Police about the clothes worn on the red carpet at the Video Music Awards and the Emmy Awards. The next night, she performed her comedy act at a Times Square theater. On Aug. 28, she stopped breathing during outpatient surgery on her vocal cords. Doctors induced a medical coma and put her on life support.
September 5, 2014 |
CAN WE TALK about Joan Rivers? Because she'd hate it if we didn't. Rivers, 81, who died yesterday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital a week after going into cardiac arrest during vocal-cord surgery in a doctor's office, wasn't just a fashion critic with an unfiltered mouth, a QVC jewelry line and a penchant for plastic surgery. Oh, she was unapologetically all those things, as well as the author of a dozen books, including this year's Diary of a Mad Diva . But long before Rivers patrolled the red carpet, enforced style rules on E!