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The Team Experience prayer circle worked! Cate Blanchett will be returning to the New York stage, but finally on Broadway this time.
Her first steps on the Great White Way will be Anton Chekov's The Present, which will also be the first Broadway transfer of the Sydney Theatre Company that Blanchett co-artistic directed with her husband. They had previously brought Hedda Gabler, The Maids, and A Streetcar Named Desire (with Cate as none other than Blanche DuBois) to New York for those lucky enough to snag tickets to their limited engagements. The play, recently adapted by Upton, features themes of regret and unfulfilled desire that should prove meaty for the actress and her costar Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!).
Another exciting snippet of the production is John Crowley at the helm. He was criminally undervalued for his contributions this Oscar season with Brooklyn and is clearly gifted in stearing actors to rich portrayals. »
- Chris Feil
A loving tribute presented largely in his own words, the “American Masters” documentary “Mike Nichols” is directed by his one-time collaborator Elaine May, and drawn extensively from producer Julian Schlossberg’s candid interview with the director conducted for the film. While an hour is hardly sufficient to fully do justice to Nichols’ rich stage, film and performing resume, it’s enough to provide ample insight into why so many speak of the artist – who died in 2014, at the age of 83 – so reverently and affectionately.
Nichols talks about his humble beginnings – coming to America as a German refugee in the wake of World War II – and early schooling before his move into performing with May, which, he notes, earned him more universal accolades than anything he had done since. (There’s a hilarious clip of the two of them spoofing a Hollywood awards show, with her singling him out from the stage for his utter mediocrity. »
- Brian Lowry
The set-up is classic “X-Files.” A top-secret location. The corpse of a victim snuffed out under mysterious circumstances. A shady official managing the situation. FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully trying to uncover the truth.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have played scenes like this over a hundred times before. It should be a cakewalk. But on this August afternoon on a Vancouver soundstage, nothing’s going right. The actors are tripping over their lines. They can’t hear writer-director James Wong’s cues through the walls of the set from his perch behind the monitor. Anderson feels the blocking is off. And then a small piece of the set — the inner sanctum of a tech company’s private server — comes crashing down.
“The servers must be scrambling our brains,” Anderson jokes as she steps away to her chair.
If this were the first week of shooting on Fox »
- Geoff Berkshire
3 items from 2016
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