Daily Archives: May 29, 2014

Mash Note: Lucky Them, reviewed.

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My review of Lucky Them, wherein the great Toni Collette plays a rock journalist assigned to write about her former lover, is up at The Dissolve now.

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No Guilty Pleasures: Talking with alt-country chanteuse Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless (Patrick Crawford/Blackletter)

I spoke with the great singer-songwriter (and Ke$ha song-improver) Lydia Loveless for the Washington City Paper’s Arts Desk in advance of her show at the 9:30 Club Saturday night in support of Old 97’s, (sic) one of my favorite bands. Read a gently edited transcript here.

When the 97’s last came through town, in October 2012, I had a really good talk with their frontmanRhett Miller. In 2008 I talked to their second singer-songwriter, Murry Hammond, too.

Rebel Without a Horse: Age of Uprising, reviewed.

Mads Mikkelsen in "Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas"

Sometimes even very strong films can be a chore to sit through. My review of Arnaud des Pallières’ 2013 Palme d’Or nominee Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, starring Danish actor/prop Mads Mikkelsen, is up at The Dissolve today.

Freud Where Prohibited: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Freud’s Last Session, reviewed, plus some Frank (Britton) discussion.

In today’s Washington City Paper, I review two plays that mull over free will and the existence of God, both of which feature Sigmund Freud as a character. The better of the pair, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, features a towering performance from Frank Britton as Pontius Pilate.

Around 2:15 Tuesday morning, after he’d left the cast party that followed Judas‘ opening-night performance, Britton was assaulted and robbed by four or five unidentified attackers near the Silver Spring Metro stop. He underwent surgery at Holy Cross Hospital to treat a broken cheekbone. Britton does not have medical insurance. A crowdfunding campaign to cover his hospital bills (donate here) has raised over $45,000 so far.
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