Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2nd\NE Quadrant 12\24 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 24, 2007

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The Oprah Effect

Ethan Coen's First Play

Filmmaker Ethan Coen has written three short plays called "Almost an Evening" that premier in January in Atlanta. In "Waiting," someone waits somewhere for quite some time. In "Four Benches," a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K. In "Debate," cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned.”

The Artistic Director Neil Pepe, describes the plays as “incredibly unique and theatrical, and of course, extraordinarily funny and slightly dark.”

Together with Joel, Ethen penned the “sound-play” "Sawbones," which was given three performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2005, and starred John Goodman and Steve Buscemi.

The Coen brothers wrote the screenplay for "No Country for Old Men."(Gothamist)
(Photo courtesy of Gothamist)

"The Farnsworth Invention"

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Terrence Howard will make his stage debut in Debbie Allen's Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the first production led by an all-black cast to be authorized by playwright Tennessee Williams' estate.

Tony-winning trio James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and "Dreamgirls" actress Anika Noni Rose also star in the latest version of Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern drama, which is set to open March 6 at New York's Broadhurst Theatre.

Howard will play the haunted, alcoholic Brick, a former football player who rebuffs the advances of his wife, Maggie (Rose), and faces a tortured relationship with his domineering father, Big Daddy (Jones). Rashad plays Big Mama. The other two main roles in the dysfunctional family still are being cast.

Preview performances begin February 12. ( Gregg Goldstein\Reuters)

Philip Glass @ Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall presents [Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 8 PM] a concert of music from Philip Glass's legendary 20th-century opera, "Einstein on the Beach," performed live for the first time in 15 years by the Philip Glass Ensemble with chorus and violinist Timothy Fain. Produced for Carnegie Hall by Pomegranate Arts. (Carnegie Hall)

The ensemble, which included musicians who have been with Mr. Glass from the early days as well as newcomers, gave the score a tight, high-energy reading. Having Ms. [Lucinda Childs] on hand to recreate her original narration was a fine touch; Melvin Van Peebles was the male narrator. (NY Times)

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