Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Wrap Your Legs Around These Velvet Rims and Strap Your Hands Across My Engine 31

HumanaFest-2013

Tomorrow morning I will fly to Louisville, Kentucky to help cover the final, three-day “industry weekend” of the Humana Festival for New American Plays as part of Engine 31, a pop-up newsroom.  (Sasha Anawalt, the “motherfucker who found[ed] this place — Sir”*, answers your eminently reasonable questions about what that is and who pays for it here; thank you for asking.)  I’m excited to be a part of it, and to see and work with my old friends Sasha, Michael Phillips, Rebecca Haithcoat and Doug McLennan.  And nearly as excited to meet the other seven journalists who’re part of this thing.  Follow along at Engine 31, and/or via Twitter @enginethirtyone.

I am reliably informed there will also be some basketball thing happening.

*Sasha is not actually an actual motherfucker; she is in fact delightful.  I am merely quoting Jessica Chastain’s character from the movie Zero Dark Thirty here, as is only sensible and appropriate when discussing a theater festival. Engine 31 contributor Michael Phillips, whose name I used as a substitute for “motherfucker” on the radio once but who is also not one, usually, called ZDT the best film of 2012, so context.

The Tyranny of the Written Interview: A Transcribed Conversation with Monologist Mike Daisey

Mike-Daisey-by-Ursa-WazI’ve written about monologuist Mike Daisey a lot in the last four years, but especially last year, in the wake of damaging revelations about his show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

He and I met again at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, his performing home here in DC since 2008, last Friday to talk about his new piece, American Utopias, which I review in this week’s Washington City Paper.  I’ve just posted an edited, partial transcript of that talk up on Arts Desk. Continue reading

Another Tango in Paris After That Supposedly Last One: Simon Killer, reviewed.

Brady Corbet & Mati Diop

Brady Corbet & Mati Diop

My review of Simon Killer, writer/director Antonio Campos’s second feature film, is in the Village Voice today. Total Recall joke deleted, but the Blow-Up and Taxi Driver and Rushmore allusions (and the Rush Hour 3 joke!) remain. Film critics are terrible people. Read it here. Continue reading