Charlie Cox as Jerry, Zawe Ashton as Emma and Tom Hiddleston as Robert
By: Isa Goldberg
October 18, 2019: Director James Lloyd’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal embraces a chilly minimalism. As the pinnacle of this complex love triangle, Robert (Tom Hiddleston) is an opaque, fully restrained husband; one who’s certainly not into drama.
Emun Elliott and Marisa Tomei in “The Rose Tattoo”
By: David Sheward
October 17, 2019: “My life is unhappy. I want to change it and I don’t know how.” That’s the subtext of a lot of American drama and four productions currently on and Off-Broadway explore this trope of angst with insight and compassion. One is a neglected classic from Tennessee Williams, the poet of the frustrated and lonely, while the other three offer new perspectives on the search for self-fulfillment from established and rising playwrights. Surprisingly, the Williams play is the most optimistic and life-affirming of this sad quartet.
October 17, 2019: The raves and buzz surrounding playwright Jeremy O. Harris are well deserved. A surprising young writer, his grasp of dramatic form, from medieval miracle plays to silent movies, is on par with his sociological observations, and psychological insights. His Broadway premiere, Slave Play is equally all over the place, and delightfully so.
“On Broadway” directed by Oren Jacoby makes World Premiere at Hamptons International Film Festival
October 13, 2019: An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theatre, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and is, an often uneasy, balance between art and commerce.
Bryan De Palma Piper De Palma Alec Baldwin
Photo: Lisa Tamburini
October 14, 2019: The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival, presented by HamptonsFilm, announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton. The 2019 festival was dedicated to Michael Lynne, a HIFF Board Member for almost two decades, and Mark Urman a member of HIFF’s Advisory Board for eleven years, both of whom passed away earlier this year.
Lee Roy Reams, Danny Gardner, Diane Phelan, Lauren Molina
By: Paulanne Simmons
October 14, 2019: As the name implies, “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter” is more about the times Porter lived in than the man himself. In fact, the years in question, 1919 to 1945, saw many events that might make anyone think civilization was indeed coming to an end: two world wars, Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression.
A Conversation with Alfre Woodard @ Bay Street Theater
October 12, 2019: In celebration of one of this year’s most talked about performances for her role in Chinonye Chukwu’s CLEMENCY, the HIFF festival honored Alfre Woodard with a special A Conversation With… featuring the Emmy Award winner, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress in person for a career spanning discussion.
October 13, 2019: Playwright Jeremy O. Harris is making his Broadway debut this season with Slave Play, which premiered last season at New York Theater Workshop. The play, directed by John O’Hara, can be summed up as follows:
October 11, 2019: It was 2016 and I was thinking about my life as a singer-songwriter and how it all started for me. I recalled pretending, at the age of 14, to play piano at my mom’s Art Deco vanity table, singing songs that popped into my head and sometimes writing down the words.
Marchant Davis, Brian Cox and Bryce Pynkham “The Great Society”
By: David Sheward
October 10, 2019: Robert Schenkkan provided a brilliant example of political theater with his Tony winning All the Way which played Broadway in 2014 after premiering at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The epic drama’s trajectory concerned President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s efforts to push the Civil Rights Act through Congress and ended with his election in 1964. Now Schenkkan has followed up that laser-focused work with a sprawling sequel, The Great Society at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont, also directed by OSF artistic chief Bill Rauch, and the results are certainly informative and thought-provoking, but not as dramatically effective as its predecessor.
Paper Mill Playhouse Presents Young Judy Garland Chasing Rainbows: [on] The Road to Oz
By: Ellis Nassour
October 9, 2019: Judy Garland, maybe along with Streisand, might be the exception to the rule, but bio musicals of great stars/legends from Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age often suffer from the fact that today’s audiences, save for those of a certain age, have no idea who these iconic stars are.
Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aneesa Folds
Five Reasons Why Freestyle Love Supreme is a Welcome Change for Broadway
By: Iris Wiener
October 8, 2019: Before there was Hamilton and In the Heights there was Freestyle Love Supreme. An improvisation extravaganza created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale in 2004, the powerhouse team’s Freestyle Love Supreme combines music, humor, hip-hop and theatrics in an experience completely unique to any work ever to hit Broadway. Fresh and invigorating in its concept and execution, here is how it sticks out from the rest of what theater has to offer:
October 7, 2019: Jack Thorne’s new play, Sunday, making its premiere at Atlantic Theater Company, is about a group of 20-somethings, members of a book club, who meet one Sunday to discuss Anne Tyler’s novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. And so we know right away there’s a problem here. Young people, for the most part don’t read, and even if they do, they don’t join a book club, even if they call it a “post-ironic joke.” Clearly, that’s for their parents, or worse yet, grandparents.