Best Plays of the Year



from The Daily Beast/ 12.27.13

10 Best Plays of the Year: Richard III, No Man’s Land, and More

This was the year that British actors took over Broadway and showed just how good they are. In addition to being thrillingly talented, they performed shows in repertory—which could be seen as showing off. Americans responded with one brilliant take on a classic, and a host of clever and quirky shows that proved creativity in theater hasn’t been lost. At least twice this number were worth seeing, but here are my ten favorites of the year.

Ethan Hawke’s seductive Macbeth

from the Daily Beast / 11.23.12

New York is currently giddy with Shakespeare. Tony and Oliver-winning actor Mark Rylance is going the distance in a Bard biathlon on Broadway, starring in both Twelfth Night (as Olivia) and Richard III (as the king). Orlando Bloom has been mooning under a balcony as Romeo, and Ethan Hawke brings a bold and modern interpretation to the murderous Macbeth. Hawke may be best known for movies, including Before Midnight which opened this summer to rave reviews. But he’s proudest of his position as an accomplished stage actor, and he spoke to me the morning after his Broadway premiere as the Scottish king.

Congratulations on the show which is gripping. But you’re awake early for a man playing Macbeth.

There’s no rest for the wicked. But I have to say this is one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. It’s shockingly fun.

You’re the sexiest Macbeth I’ve ever seen. Tell be about the scene on the sofa where you and Lady Macbeth are plotting while scantily dressed. Continue reading

TODAY Show–Gratitude

Gratitude gap: 52 percent forget to show thanks

In a recent study, 90 percent of people described themselves as grateful for their family, but only 48 percent said they express it. Janice Kaplan of Good Housekeeping explains why this gratitude gap exists, and how men and women and different generations express gratitude in varying ways. Watch Here

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Shoshanna No More: Zosia Mamet of ‘Girls’

From The Daily Beast

Once she was the only virgin. Now she’ll have sex with anyone. As Shoshanna on HBO’s “Girls,” Zosia Mamet has a quirky, wide-eyed innocence that endears her to fans. On a break from shooting the TV hit, she takes on a completely different role, as a manipulative college girl in the off-Broadway play ‘Really Really.’ Just 25, the determined actress has a strong work ethic and a fast-talking style. Here Mamet talks to Janice Kaplan about selfishness, awkward sex and her famous father.

 

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Books on GMA

Just a few…

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/video/best-books-give-christmas-9391208 (12/21/2009) (with george stephanopolous)

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/video/gmas-fall-book-roundup-11734971 (9/27/2010) (with george stephanopolous)

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/video/top-literature-gift-ideas-book-worms-12449005 (12/21/2010) with elizabeth vargas

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video?id=7956238 (6/29/2009) (with robin roberts)

Three Men and a Dream

Three Men And A Dream

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One day when they were in South Africa shooting a movie together, Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood went out for a beer. Several months later, Damon jokes about the evening.

“I’m not sure if you remember,” he says, flashing a broad smile at Eastwood, “but you leaned over and told me, ‘You know, I really do know what I’m doing.’”

“It’s pretty sad I had to explain that,” Eastwood says, with a slight twinkle in his eye.

“No, no, believe me, I knew it!” Damon replies. Continue reading

Welcome to Barbra’s World

Welcome To Barbra's World

To understand Barbra Streisand, you have to know why she loves the color burgundy.

“I got sent to a health camp when I was about 6 years old, and we all had to wear the same starchy blue uniform,” she says with a shudder. “The lady who took care of me after school knit me a burgundy sweater. It was the only thing that gave me any individuality.”

One of the most extraordinary singers in the world, Streisand, 67, has sold more than 100 million albums —making her the top-selling female artist in the U.S.—and won Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys. She amazes as a woman who can do anything and has everything, yet the rebellious girl, wanting to be different, is never far from the surface.

“There’s a part of you that always remains a child, no matter how mature you get, how sophisticated or weary,” she says.  Continue reading