Posts Tagged ‘script’

November Reign

Stage West tackles an acerbic political satire.
JIMMY FOWLER
Stage West’s current production of David Mamet’s acidic political comedy November is the fourth show directed by Dana Schultes, who serves as the company’s director of development. She is, of course, well known to Fort Wo...


La Llorona Haunts Amphibian

Taco Hell: Culebro’s new dramedy is stuft with cultural dissonance.
JIMMY FOWLER
One of the things that inspired Kathleen Anderson Culebro to write La Llorona, her supernatural-tinged drama currently being staged by Amphibian Productions, was the attempt by Taco Bell to open a series of fast-food restaurant...



Copenhagen Chills Stage West

Acting acrobatics or bracing theater? Copenhagen loves the former.
JIMMY FOWLER
Every so often, Heisenberg’s 1927 principle of uncertainty –– a foundation of quantum mechanics –– pops up as a theme in art. The Coen brothers’ acclaimed recent comedy A Serious Man depicted a Midwestern Jewish pro...


Try and Fail

KRISTIAN LIN
Nelson Mandela reportedly said that if an actor ever were to portray him on screen, he’d want it to be Morgan Freeman. Well, with the release of Invictus this week, he now has his wish. I don’t have mine, though. I ...



Third Reel

Big Ticket
The third Lone Star International Film Festival kicks off this weekend, and festivalgoers will be seeking something to match the awards buzz of 2007′s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, the crowd-pleasing tendency ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Baader Meinhof Complex (R) Uli Edel’s film dramatizes the left-wing group whose terrorist bombings rocked West Germany in the 1970s. Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Uhl, Jan ...



Agile Acting

JIMMY FOWLER
Famous playwrights don’t offer succinct explanations of their plays very often. Of course, Steve Martin was famous as an absurdist comic star long before he tackled playwriting, so he didn’t have any kind of literar...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Coco Before Chanel (PG-13) Audrey Tautou stars in this biography of the French fashion giant, written and directed by Anne Fontaine (The Girl From Monaco). Also with Alessandro Nivola, Emmanuelle Devos, Benoît Poelvoo...



Warr at Home

KRISTIAN LIN
Clive Owen seems to be out to prove that he can be more than just Mr. Rugged British Action Star. He lightened up successfully in the under-appreciated Duplicity last spring, and now in The Boys Are Back he softens further into...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bright Star (PG) Jane Campion’s admirable but frustrating historical romance stars Ben Whishaw as the poet John Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne, the woman he fell in love with shortly before his death. Th...