Thursday, January 21, 2010

Recycling day

Nights when the plastic-bag caterpillars of recyclables sleep outside in the winter air, men in second-hand clothing come to perform a found-art piece about opportunistic survival, punctuated by the rattling of glass bottles. They want what others throw away.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Time Stands Still

Carpe diem in honor of my grandfather: Bought a ticket to the second preview of Donald Margulies's new play at MTC: Time Stands Still. Stunning performance as usual by Laura Linney, playing a conflict-zone photographer, licking her wounds, adjusting and then readjusting the focus of her life. Alicia Silverstone is buoyant as a neophyte who surprises the older, supposedly wiser characters with simply spoken observations that have more ring of truth to them than they're willing at first to admit. Eric Bogosian is Linney's supportive photo editor, finally opening up to the joy in his midst, and Brian d'Arcy James (finally out of Shrek makeup) is her war-corresponent boyfriend, moving in and out of her more-storied shadow.