Tag: Oscar Wilde

  • Al Pacino on His Career, Working With Scorsese, and That Time He Discovered Jessica Chastain

    It’s kind of bewildering to think that there hasn’t been a major New York retrospective of Al Pacino’s films until now. But maybe now is also, in its own way, the perfect time. Starting today, the Quad Cinema presents “Pacino’s Way,” a 34-film salute (running through March 30) to the legendary, New York–born actor’s extraordinary career. […]

  • Sundance: Rupert Everett on “The Happy Prince,” and How Oscar Wilde Is His Christ Figure

    One of the most pleasant surprises of this year’s Sundance has been the chance to see Rupert Everett onscreen again in a major role. Of course, in order to get the part, he had to write and direct the film as well. In The Happy Prince, Everett uses the last days of Oscar Wilde as […]

  • Loot Feels Like a Slightly Sharper-Fanged Oscar Wilde Comedy

    Joe Orton’s play Loot was controversial when it premiered in 1966, but in a new Red Bull Theater production, the play feels trifling and fun, like a slightly sharper-fanged Oscar Wilde comedy. Days after the death of a tender matriarch, a gang of ne’er-do-wells, including her son, connive to make mischief around her coffin. Rather […]

  • Congealed Weapons in Massacre (Sing to Your Children)

    In near-total darkness, under a barrage of ear-destroyingly loud music, some kind of horrific act of violence is taking place, involving figures in grotesque animal masks, streams of blood, and a range of hideous weapons. So begins a play—or at least, a lumpy mass of parts of a dozen plays congealed together—by José Rivera. Not […]

  • LEATHERWOMEN

    Michelle Handelman’s most recent project, Dorian, A Cinematic Perfume, a queer retelling of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, was shut down at a showing at Austin’s Arthouse festival this past March for being “lewd and pornographic.” But the filmmaker is no stranger to controversy. Her 1995 feature-length documentary, BloodSisters, was attacked by the […]

  • The Sublime Creations of Destroyer

    Destroyer, the project of Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Bejar, has a new album out called Kaputt, a clumsy word written in very classy script on the cover. It sounds different from his last album (2008’s Trouble in Dreams), which is something you could say about a lot of Destroyer albums. While Bejar’s home base is a […]

  • WILDE WORLD

    “I don’t play accurately,” says a character in Oscar Wilde’s famed farce, “any one can play accurately, but I play with wonderful expression.” Let’s hope that holds true for actor Brian Bedford, who will not only direct Roundabout’s revival, but also assume the doughty role of Lady Bracknell. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 […]

  • Winter Guide: A Guide to 2010 Holiday Gifts

    When Oscar Wilde wrote, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination,” he was surely talking about holiday shopping in New York. As with everything else in our fair city, the act of benevolent gift-giving can quickly spiral into a competitive sport. We mean well, sure, but with all the impulses […]

  • ABSOLUTE RUBBISH

    The work of young British contemporary artist Ryan Gander is popping up all over New York right now. At the southeast corner of Central Park (at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street), you’ll find his sculpture The Happy Prince, which looks like someone took a hammer to it. The piece was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s children’s […]

  • Veritas and The Twentieth-Century Way Look Back at the Gay Past

    All three of the youthful gay political plays I saw this past month apply a contemporary, absolutist outlook to gay history: Either people are gay or they aren’t. Such plays ignore the notion that past times, with their very different circumstances, might have compelled different solutions. The past offers alternatives that we tend to overlook: […]

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