The cliché of stiff-upper-lip Britons who rarely show emotion is beautifully discredited in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy in association with The Old Vic, directed by Lindsay Posner. Rattigan, a pillar of British theatre in the mid-twentieth century, managed to find the heartbeat under the calm continence of his characters. Rattigan’s case is helped by the stellar cast of this revival who give life to the Winslow family’s problems and feelings, sustained by Peter McKintosh’s sumptuously upper middle class set and costumes that tell as much about the characters as the writing and the acting.
The Rocky Horror Show had its debut on the London stage in 1973 and within a month it was an underground sensation. In less than a year it played to sold out audiences at the La Roxy. In 1975, the play was turned into a film. Almost 40 years later is has become the biggest cult movie in history. On Thursday, October 31st, Halloween Night, The Rocky Horror Show will be resurrected for a one night (2 performance) extravaganza at Duane Park restaurant in the east village.
Set in a purgatory cell the day after the protagonist’s death, For the Sins I Can Remember, opening on October 4th, is a devised, absurdist portrait of the women of the American Victorian Era who chose to work as prostitutes. Inspired by the letters of prostitute Maimie Pinzer and the world of Brechtian farce, the piece illuminates a woman’s march across the fires of morality, love, and femininity.
"Women or Nothing" about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man. Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense? Extendedthrough October 13th.
Conor McPherson’s "The Weir" has been extended through September 15th. It takes place in a remote country pub in Ireland, where newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there.
About racism, nationalism, sexism, and materialism, check out a screening of the filmed conversation of Tibet scholar Robert Thurman and analyst Jane Selinske on Monday, September 2nd. Said Thurman, “We have not yet made peace with a land we took by force and have only partly paid for.”
In the private crisis of 1910 bohemians, each struggling to live creatively in a restrained world, the play, opening September 14th, confronts enduring double standards, the barriers to transcending social mores, the compromises faced by the artistically ambitious, and the torment of ideal love residing in human hearts.
On Wednesday, August 7th, come see the screening of ‘The Prince of Tides’, starring Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, and Blythe Danner. It’s about a troubled man talks to his sister’s psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.
In its fifth year, the Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival has turned to Imazighen of Boston and New York for the presentation of the 2013 Amazigh Film Festival. This year, on August 10th, we selected some of the newest and most interesting Amazigh documentaries and film available with English narration or sub-titles.