Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rorschach’s The Minotaur: Reflections in a Bull’s Eye

Sara Dabney Tisdale and David Zimmerman play half-human half-siblings

Sara Dabney Tisdale and David Zimmerman play half-human half-siblings

There’s at least one good reason to see Rorschach Theatre’s co-world premiere production of Anna Ziegler’s The Minotaur: the eponymous beast his own surprisingly rational, philosophical, well-spoken self. I review the show in today’s Washington City Paper.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Return of the Machine

"If I am not me, who da hell am I? I mean, who da hell am I NOW?"

“If I am not me, who da hell am I? I mean, who da hell am I NOW?”

I am delighted to tell you that I am making my Village Voice debut this week with an essay about one Arnold Schwarzenegger, screen icon of my youth, governor of California for part of the time I lived there (I didn’t vote for him) and celebrity host of my narrowly acclaimed 2012 Christmas album.

It was a happy, potentially self-improving experience, being edited by the noted crapologist Alan Scherstuhl, whose cover story in last week’s Voice about current Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott is well worth your time, if you care at all about Spider-Man or comic books. Continue reading

Judgment: Judgment Day

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Edward Furlong and Arnold Schwarzenegger get close in 1991’s “T2.”

Over in today’s Criticwire survey, I make a Sophie’s choice and present my surprisingly concise rationale for why Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the superior of James Cameron’s two Terminator joints. And I begin flogging my imminent Village Voice piece about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attempt at a comeback in The Last Stand. That should be online Wednesday or Thursday.  Rest assured I will let you know.

Studio’s An Iliad, Huh! Good God, y’all! What is it good for?

An Iliad

In today’s City Paper, I shrug at the competence of Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s one-man, one-cellist take on Homer’s Iliad.

Please Look at This So I Can Throw It Away: Our Town ticket

Our Town 2010
FOUND, in a box of unsorted crap: my ticket stub from a 2010 production of Our Town I saw that featured Michael Shannon, future star of my favorite movie of 2011, Take Shelter, as the Stage Manager. He plays a mean man on Boardwalk Empire (I’ve only seen the first few episodes of the first season), and he’s Superman’s Kryptonian nemesis General Zod in the upcoming Man of Steel. And yet I remember him as the kindly face and voice in what is perhaps the most avuncular and unthreatening role in all of theater. Continue reading