A group of young, optimistic actors are at the center of this dramatic exploration of the harsh life in the theater. Though grounded in contempo Israeli society, pic doesn’t sufficiently stress the unique artistic and political problems faced by local thesps, which makes its concerns more universal but also overly familiar from numerous American movies about showbiz.
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D.J. MacHale, who created the Nickelodeon anthology series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” has signed a deal with Paramount to turn the series into a feature that he’ll write, produce and direct. The show has done 66 episodes and will be the second Nick feature set up at Par, following “Harriet the Spy.” MacHale… Read more »
A Negro Ensemble Company presentation, by special arrangement with Theatre Legend, of a performance in two acts by Dick Gregory. Set, Michael Green; lights, Marshall Williams; production manager, Janice C. Lane. Co-artistic directors, Susan Watson Turner, Carole Khan-White. Opened Dec. 14, 1995; reviewed Dec. 12. Running time: 2 hours. The standup comedy that Dick Gregory helped pioneer way back when has changed considerably more than the satirist himself during the 23 years Gregory’s been off stage. For better or worse — and “Dick Gregory Live!” is an argument for both — the topical comedian holds fast to a style that has moved from the front lines to the sidelines. The realization that Gregory, known for his bite, now seems almost pleasantly engaging is disconcerting only during the early portions of his act. He charms, even when the material, or his observations, to be more exact, don’t impress, a situation that recurs more than a bit too often during the course of this (overlong) two-hour show. For every comment that seems genuinely insightful, there are several others that seem either negligible or belabored. His punchline to a brief bit about gays in the military is not so much offensive as irrelevant.
Army Archerd: Just for Variety
If there was any question about what would happen to Athol Fugard’s writing once the driving force behind his art was gone, that question is put firmly to rest with his poignantly beautiful new play “Valley Song.” It’s a play in which change is everywhere, and in which the comfort of the old must give way to the uncertainty of the new.
The rest of the heavily scripted evening lacks that connection between honoree and performer; far too many of the actors and performers attempt to come off as friends of Sinatra, though it’s doubtful few have done more than shake his hand.
Green Day hasn’t sold as many copies of its current album, “Insomniac,” as it did “Dookie,” and its songs don’t rule the airwaves the way they did. But the trio remain the head of the current punk revival, as the more than 13 ,000 devoted fans assembled at this, the first of the band’s two sold-out local appearances, would heartily attest.
TX: When widow Dee (Jeanne Bates) hears a frog in her retirement studio apartment , security man Harry (Dennis Patrick) appears to rout out the elusive amphibian. Predictably, if slowly, love blossoms between the two seniors.
Army Archerd: Just for Variety
TX: Set in 1985 Los Angeles, before the present conflict in the Balkans, the action revolves around a party celebrating the engagement of Lily (Carolyn Palmer) and Mike (Todd Babcock), also known as Misho to his Americanized Serbian parents.