If you’re looking for a normal review of last season’s Yen at MCC Theater, then keep looking.
Martín Zimmerman’s On the Exhale at the Roundabout Theatre Company was a 60-minute masterclass in non-polemical and thus effective theatrical activism, anchored by the best performance of last season by Marin Ireland and the ingenious direction of Leigh Silverman.
Will Eno is this generation’s Samuel Beckett, isn’t he?
Erica Schmidt’s All the Fine Boys at the New Group Theatre chronicled how systematic patriarchy first destructively subsumes and dictates the worldviews of two girls too young to know any better.
Very few other playwrights so evocatively plumb the plights of modern women as Penelope Skinner.
In The Outer Space at the Public Theater – the best musical of last season – the inimitable Ethan Lipton utilized the ludicrously wide range of his musical voice to leave Earth far behind, both literally and figuratively, to obtain new, creatively absurd and absurdly creative, allegorically-resonant perspectives on the existentialism of Earth-bound existence.
The Fast and the Furious franchise shares more with Marvel movies than just overflowing box office riches. At their cores, they seek to offer audiences exactly what they expect, which basically constitutes nothing more than things that go BOOM.
When the most striking aspects of a cinematic adaptation of a novel that’s anything but novel (see what I did there?) cannot even be solely credited to the movie itself, it’s safe to say that no one needs to particularly rush to see it (especially since reading the original book – presumably worthwhile enough for a studio to spend money obtaining the film rights – would almost surely be a better use of time).
Once upon a time, Disney mastered the art of manufacturing fairy tales, mostly for better…but somewhat for worse too.
Last year, I posted a rather negative takedown of Blumhouse Productions, in which I bemoaned their lack of ingenuity in the name of box office riches and likened this formula to that of modern-day superhero movies, specifically those of Marvel Studios.