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This Week on Stage: Ethan Hawke and Sarah Jessica Parker return, Spider-Man swings out

After three years on the boards, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has decided to call it quits on Jan. 5 after a tumultuous, headline-grabbing ride on Broadway that will result in a reported $60 million loss. Will producers be leery of investing in the next wave of in-development super-musicals (including a buzzed-about King Kong that is eyeing New York after a successful run in Melbourne). Meanwhile, this week’s openings are significantly less costly, including Ethan Hawke’s first Shakespeare turn on Broadway in 10 years, Tony winner Jefferson Mays in an eight-role bonanza, a first-time play by actress Amanda Peet with some heavy-hitting leads, and Pretty Little Liars’ Keegan Allen and ubiquitous movie heavy James Badge Dale in a new bro play (click on the links below for full reviews):

The Commons of Pensacola The Madoff scandal influences another play, this time the playwriting debut of actress Amanda Peet. The biggest coup: Stage and screen titans Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner play the leads. Senior writer Jessica Shaw was less than enchanted by the results, though she has great things to say about Ms. Danner: “The show belongs to Blythe Danner… she brings class and wit…even when asked to pass gas.” EW grade: B-

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder  Wodehouse farce and classic musical theater blend together for this regional smash that has made its way to Broadway, with Jefferson Mays in arguably the toughest workout on Broadway playing the eight members of a homicidally unlucky family. Senior editor Thom Geier calls Mays’ performance “jaw-dropping” and adds, “no one is likely to get sick of the black comedy in A Gentleman’s Guide, which remains winsome and charming despite an alarming surfeit of devious and devilish characters. Quite simply, it’s a bloody good time.” EW grade: A

Macbeth In Lincoln Center’s bold new take on The Scottish Play, Ethan Hawke plays the beleaguered king and Anne-Marie Duff makes her Broadway debut as his scheming wife. According to EW’s Melissa Rose Bernardo, the Witches take center stage in this revival. “The craggy all-male trio of Malcolm Gets, John Glover, and Byron Jennings — pull all the strings, popping up in minor roles and causing toil and trouble at every turn” she writes. As for Hawke, she adds: “Though his scruffy, still-boyish looks suggest the prototypical Hamlet, Hawke makes a very convincing (and wonderfully sleazy) Scottish king.” EW grade: B-

One Night…  True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, who had a fiery turn a few seasons ago opposite Jonathan Groff in The Submission, returns to the stage in Charles Fuller’s new Off Broadway play about traumas facing women in the U.S. armed forces. Melissa Rose Bernardo cops to finding this new work overstuffed: “Operation Iraqi Freedom, hallucinations, PTSD, homeless veterans, rape, sexism, arson, and broken families. How do you pack all that into a 90-minute play? Not very tidily, as it turns out.” EW grade: C

Small Engine Repair  A quartet of guys with questionable histories meet up for a fateful evening in a New England auto repair shop, but senior writer Adam Markovitz wasn’t completely in tune with the Off Broadway play by John Pollono. “It’s a savvily written piece of punchline theater — the kind of play with 60 minutes of talky preamble leading up to one scene that’s funny, nerve-wracking, and ballsy enough to justify the whole show,” he writes. “For more ambitious work, you’re better off looking elsewhere.” EW grade: B-

Taking Care of Baby  Dennis Kelly — who won a Tony this year for his book for the smash musical hit Matilda — enjoys the American premiere of his 2007 British play about a young mother implicated in the deaths of her two young children, and the media circus that surrounds it. The “verbatim play,” as it is known, proved a mixed but worthy affair per my review: “For about half of the play’s two-plus hours, the gimmick is genuinely compelling…. but the production is blessed with a laser-focused principal cast.” EW grade: B

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many  A family copes with loss in this new work at Roundabout Underground, which highlights new works by up-and-coming scribes in an intimate Off Broadway black box space. “The cast gives passionate performances,” Stephan Lee writes, though he adds: “It’s a play in which a character says of another, ”He’s got loss in his voice,’ without a hint of irony.” EW grade: B

Aaron Sorkin, Ethan Hawke and more write open letters to daughters for Father's Day

Head’s-up: It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and if you feel like getting a little teary with your celebrity news, Time magazine has got your back. The site, with a partnership from Lean In, got a bunch of famous Dads to write open letters to their daughters. The results are sad, happy, sweet, funny and — if you’re their daughters — probably just a little “Oh my Goddd, Daddd! You’re embarrassing me!

Check out some of our favorite passages below, and you can read all the letters –– including some from politicos such as Michael Bloomberg and Marco Rubio – over on Time’s site.

From Aaron Sorkin: “You were born a week early and in the middle of the night. It was late on a Friday and mom was at a fashion show at the Pacific Design Center while I was on the set of The West Wing, a show you might watch one day with your friends and think, ‘Now I understand why I have to use ten words when one would do the trick.'” READ FULL STORY

'Before Midnight' Reddit AMA: Seven insights from Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater continue to make the rounds promoting their latest film, Before Midnight, as it exands its release this weekend. Following Hawke’s amusing Reddit AMA (“ask me anything”) last week tied to his indie thriller The Purge, he decided to come back and bring his Before collaborators with him.

Although they probably weren’t all sitting in the same room, hovering over a single computer, answering questions like “who is the most romantic?” (Answer: Julie), we’d prefer to imagine that the above photo is actually documenting the Reddit session. Regardless, the Before Midnight co-writers were their charming, insightful selves and even answered a few burning questions, including whether or not there is a Dazed and Confused sequel in the works.

Linklater also teased Hawke for his success with The Purge, joking that in five years, Hawke will already be filming The Purge 7. Check out some of the top moments from the Reddit session below.

The 4 emotional stages of watching 'The Purge'

On Friday night, I stepped into a crowded theater to watch The Purge, and I was both impressed and bewildered by what I saw. The film, which has a killer premise about a single night during which all crime (including murder) is legal, definitely got my audience riled up, eliciting six separate moments of spontaneous applause… followed by nervous laughter.

In fact, watching the film — which starts off like The Hunger Games, then transforms into Panic Room, then morphs again into Taken — sends you on an emotional roller coaster as you try to grapple with the twisted plot. My ride felt something like this (SPOILERS abound from this point):

The Purge begins with eerie radio broadcasts and television segments breathlessly previewing the evening’s coming purge, when citizens can go “hunting” for people they hate as a way of purging themselves of their hatred. The whole tradition is presented with an unsettling amount of excited anticipation and patriotic reverence — a creepy mentality that the annual purge truly improves American society. READ FULL STORY

The wildly different paths of Ethan Hawke and Owen Wilson

In one version of the world, Ethan Hawke and Owen Wilson could have had nearly identical careers.

Both Texas-born and vets of the Austin indie filmmaking scene of the mid-90s, the two actors have since floated through independent, art house, and mainstream projects to varying degrees of success. Hawke, for the most part, stayed indie while Wilson went big. They are the story of Generation-X: Former malcontents grasping for authenticity and fame in an industry that is designed to make those dual aspirations somewhat impossible.

When observed as a series of choices beginning in 1994, the careers of Hawke and Wilson represent a case study of the ever-present tension between Hollywood, independent films, paychecks and prestige, culminating in this bizarre June 2013 weekend where Hawke’s modest $3 million horror film The Purge slayed Wilson’s glossy, “sure-bet” $58 million comedy, The Internship.

So, what happened?


'Before Midnight' stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke take EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO


Lest you think Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are only capable of charming, witty banter when it’s pre-scripted and directed by Richard Linklater, EW challenged the two Before Midnight stars to take our Pop Culture Personality Test and we were delighted by the result. The actors have been working together for 18 years, and it shows. Together, they have a nice casualness that has nothing to do with the sometimes- fraught characters they portray in the Before series. Frankly, now we kind of want to see a movie about Delpy and Hawke wandering around some exotic locale, chatting about their pop-culture faves and memories.

In the meantime, check out what movies they will always stop to watch on television (try to guess which Linklater film Hawke chose before playing the clip!), the adult culture they consumed too young, their favorite pop culture possessions, and more. READ FULL STORY

Ethan Hawke's Reddit AMA reveals his many man-crushes

While promoting his unlikely duo of new films — romantic threequel Before Midnight and bleak thriller The Purge — Ethan Hawke made his way to Reddit on Wednesday for his first AMA (“ask me anything”), which quickly turned into ask him anything … about his favorite Hollywood bros.

Hawke was an open book during the rapid-fire virtual Q&A, revealing everything from the finer points of island ownership to whether he still loves the citrus bite of Tang (he does). He was clearly feeling the spirit of brotherhood, frequently leading the topic of conversation to some of his main men in the industry.

Here are some of his gushiest sound bites about the leading men he admires most:


Before 'Before Sunrise' and the complicated appeal of origin stories

While Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy seem made for each other in the trilogy of movies starting with Before Sunrise, it’s director Richard Linklater’s experience that brought their on-screen romance to fruition. In 1989, a young Linklater met a woman in a toy store in Philadelphia. They spent the day walking, and talking, and falling for each other in that enthusiastic, earnest way that’s only ever possible on a first meeting. And if it sounds familiar, it should. Linklater’s day with Amy Lehrhaupt, which he’s only recently discussed more openly in the press, inspired him to make Before Sunrise, 1995’s tale of a 20-something French girl (Delpy) and an American boy (Hawke) who meet on a train and decide to be reckless and carefree for a few hours. As Slate’s BrowBeat blog explains in depth based on an interview in The Times of London, the real life story is far more sobering than the 18-year saga that audiences have been treated to with Céline and Jesse. READ FULL STORY

Ethan Hawke bashes Oscars? Not so, Hawke says

There was some controversy this morning when the New York Post excerpted quotes from a Gotham magazine interview with Ethan Hawke where he appeared to bash the Oscars. But in a statement to EW, Hawke says that nothing could be further from the truth. “I think the Oscars do a very good job in representing much of the great work in a given year. Inevitably though, many great films and performances are not recognized and can be overlooked due to the mass marketing and PR machines that march through the awards season. I don’t mean to take anything away from the genuine and deserved excitement that every nominee should feel.”

The full interview with Gotham magazine isn’t yet available, but the New York Post reports that in the story Hawke said, “People want to turn everything in this country into a competition . . . [so] it’s clear who the winner is and who the loser is” as well as “It’s why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it’s a way of saying, ‘This one is No. 1.’ It’s so asinine . . . if you look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace. Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive.” (A call from EW to Gotham magazine’s office to confirm these are accurate quotes was not returned.)

This Week on Stage: Porn stars, Dickens, and Kathie Lee Gifford invade Broadway

It was one busy week on the New York stage, with three Broadway openings and one rare day-after-premiere closing: No sooner did the producers of the starry porn-world comedy The Performers study the show’s mixed reviews than they decided to call it quits. (Guess they thought they’d lost their money shot.) Over at the Encores! series at New York City Center, Glee star Amber Riley jazzed up the Broadway-ready revue Cotton Club Parade. And Off Broadway saw at least a half dozen major new productions featuring stars like Ethan Hawke, Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, and Boardwalk Empire‘s Gretchen Mol. READ FULL STORY

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