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Mar 04, 2014   Leave a Comment Stage

I walked into Broadway’s Cort Theatre for a Thursday night performance of No Man’s Land to see Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, icons of theater and nerd culture. I walked out of the same theatre confused but with a new appreciation for the master thespians and for playwright Harold Pinter. What does it mean? Stewart’s character Hirst asks this in Act Two of the production, which runs through March 30, but it may as well be asked about the show itself. All that is certain is that the play is set in 1975 in a large room with a bar at a house located in North West London neighborhood of Hampstead. And over the course of two hours of tension undercut by comedic dialogue, we get to know the man of letter Hirst, McKellen’s optimistic but hard-up “poet” Spooner, and Hirst’s two menacing/overprotective servants Foster (Billy Crudup) and Briggs (Shuler Hensley). Depending on your viewpoint, No Man’s Land is “about” two elderly gentlemen meeting in a pub for the first time who proceed to return to one’s home for a night and day of drunken (and unreliable) reminisces. Or maybe it is about a man’s artistic alter ego attempting to reach his affluent counterpart. Or about an outsider who upsets the status quo or perhaps that outside is attempting to save a man from the oblivion his servants seem to desire for him. Or it is about something else entirely. According to Billy Crudup, in a post-show “talk back” on stage with costars Stewart, McKellen and Hensley, it is OK to be confused. “I don’t know that the four of us have the same idea of what’s happening in this space,” he said. “There’s confusion about the knowability of their motivations, of their status of their feelings. It’s obfuscated and misdirected so brilliantly in this play.” Continue @ huffingtonpost.com

Added the following magazine scans to the Gallery (GALLERY > MAGAZINE SCANS)
Cosmo (Dec 2000)
Elle (2004)
Elle (Nov 1998)
Film Review (Feb 2001)
Show People (Summer 2005)
US (Feb 1999)
Vanity Fair (Sep 1996)

Feb 19, 2014   Leave a Comment Stage

The talk back series at Harold Pinter’s acclaimed production of NO MAN’S LAND continues Thursday, February 20 with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup, Shuler Hensley and moderator Barbara Chai (Wall Street Journal correspondent). After the performance of NO MAN’S LAND, Chai and the actors will discuss Harold Pinter’s play and answer audience questions about the production and the acclaimed repertory season. The ticketed audience for each performance is welcome to stay, free of charge, for the talk back. A ticket is required for the performance. Continue @ broadwayworld.com

Feb 11, 2014   Leave a Comment Stage

The talk back series at Harold Pinter’s acclaimed production of NO MAN’S LAND continues Thursday, February 13 with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup, Shuler Hensley and moderator Christian Parker (Associate Artistic Director at the Atlantic Theater Company). After the performance of NO MAN’S LAND Parker and the actors will discuss Harold Pinter’s play and answer audience questions about the production and the acclaimed repertory season. The ticketed audience for each performance is welcome to stay, free of charge, for the talk back. A ticket is required for the performance. Continue @ broadwayworld.com

Feb 02, 2014   Leave a Comment Rudderless, Sundance

The directorial debut for Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy, who also plays a small role in it, “Rudderless” was filmed last spring in Oklahoma City and Guthrie. Robison and writing partner Casey Twenter penned the story, with an assist from Macy, about a grieving father (Billy Crudup) who discovers a box of his deceased son’s original music and forms a rock ‘n’ roll band hoping to find peace in the aftermath of tragedy. The film, which also features Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman and Laurence Fishburne, received largely rave reviews at the festival. After an early press and industry screening garnered positive feedback, the filmmakers attended a party where Crudup, Gomez, musicians Ben Kweller and Ryan Dean (who play Crudup’s bandmates in the film) and “Rudderless” songwriters Simon Steadman and Charlton Pettus performed music from the movie. “Selena was also accompanied by Ben on a wicked acoustic version of (her hit) ‘Come and Get It,’ which brought the house down,” Robison recalled. After the strange new experience of walking the red carpet, Robison and Twenter were thrilled with the festival audiences’ response to the movie, which they worked for four years with Macy to get made. “The movie premiered to a sold-out crowd, and they ate it up. Laughed heartily at all of the jokes, I heard sniffles and snobs, and then, when it was over, they gave it a standing ovation,” Robison said, adding Macy invited him, Twenter and producer Keith Kjarval to participate in a question-and-answer session after the initial screening. “Casey and I went back to the Eccles (Theatre in Park City, Utah) on Saturday morning to another sold-out showing, and lo and behold, the movie received its second standing ovation. Evidently, that’s never happened before, and considering the quality films that have shown there, it’s quite an honor.” Although it screened in the festival’s coveted closing-night slot, Sundance closed without a distribution deal to bring “Rudderless” to domestic theaters. Continue @ newsok.com