"...That might sound like a headline left over from the Cold War or a plot point from the FX spy series The Americans, but it's actually a selling point for the 2013 New Russian Drama Festival, taking place Feb. 7-10, at Salvage Vanguard Theater..."
"...Is the television drama our country’s greatest narrative art form? The present-day Golden Age of Television is concerned mainly with the dramatic rather than the comedic. On Saturday, the ATX Television Festival delved deeper into the present situation and the future to come...."
"...As of late, that face has looked an awful lot like Lindsay Lohan, another hugely popular teen hyphenate. (She acts! She sings! She swivels her hips in elaborately choreographed maneuvers!) Lohan’s résumé includes remakes of Freaky Friday and The Parent Trap; although Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen doesn’t pillage from previous Disney live-action gems, it does bear the same (increasingly tarnished) Disney imprimatur..."
"...A long snapshot -- yes -- but still just a snapshot: Ten hours is obviously only a drop in the bucket of a family composite, particularly when the portrait you're trying to tease out is what it's like to be an interracial family in America. Those of us who were transfixed, much like soap addicts, by Jennifer Fox's An American Love Story when it ran on PBS for five nights last September likely had two conflicting reactions to it: too long and not long enough. Which meant that Fox had us where she wanted us, hooked into caring enough about the day-to-day small dramas of this engaging, close-knit, interracial family to stick around and see how their larger, tangled racial issues played out and resolved -- or didn't...."
"...A surprise leak has juiced up the drama surrounding the impending debut of CodeNEXT's first public working draft. Last Saturday, Jan..."
"...Uncle Harry Larry, the Li’l Sebastian of Levelland, is stuck in the Panhandle after coming upon some difficulties en route to Llama’s Peruvian trailer, where he had planned to make a special appearance March 17 and 18 during SXSW. But this llama drama doesn’t have to end on a low note..."
"...The drama came on Chris Riley's Affordable Energy Resolution "to implement policies recommended by the 2014 Generation Resource Planning Task Force," or as a Riley press release put it, "to expand solar power, ... and to replace the aging and dirty Decker gas-fired power plant by 2017." Austin Energy vehemently disagreed with this direction, saying that "replacing Decker with solar power contracts would be an economic disaster for ratepayers," because "Solar cannot replace natural-gas fired power plants today." And, astoundingly, longtime AE critic Paul Robbins sided with the utility (that's the fourth sign of the Apocalypse), saying the data used in the Task Force report is shoddy and incomplete, and basically, AE is right about Decker in the short term, and about problems with solar transmission and storage at the scale envisioned here..."
"...So en route to November, Leffingwell speculated, "We're headed in the direction of some major drama in the spring."..."
"...Already the list is about as diverse as local theatre gets, with offerings from Different Stages, Salvage Vanguard, Second Youth Family Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Hill Country Community Theatre, Shrewd Productions, City Theatre Company, the UT Department of Theatre and Dance, and the improv groups Parallelogramophono-graph and the Frank Mills. Classical comedy, world-premiere musicals, plays for youth, great American drama, Austin-penned plays, improv, and you can see whatever strikes your fancy for free..."
"...Also, the space could be used for private screenings and parties. Since this theatre will actually have a working stage, it will be available for dramatic productions."..."
"...What's happening in Austin and around the country is large-scale yoga drama: breathing together, observing together, giving attention. For the next year, the city is going to be practicing daily and public acts of creative expression, connected to other cities across the country, all doing the same thing..."
"...The Saltillo District redevelopment effort cleared a major hurdle last week -- and, to the relief of Capital Metro and the city of Austin, without much drama or duress. On July 30, the transit authority's board of directors unanimously approved a contract worth $298,200 with San Francisco-based ROMA Design Group to master-plan Cap Metro's 11-acre parcel between I-35, Comal, East Fourth, and Fifth..."
"...My experiences at The Clay Pit have confirmed my impression that Indian food is like a drama unfolding. The cast highlighted on the marquee may be lamb, spinach, and coriander, but as you delve deeper into the dish, minor characters like cheese, potato, or saffron get their moment to shine..."
"...Yes, that's the cry this weekend from Austin Script Works, the esteemed (and increasingly nationally known) playwrights organization, which has four new scripts just out of the oven that it wants you to sample. This dramatic smorgasbord is called Pulse Works, and it got its start last fall as a way for four ASW members to mold new plays into their final shapes..."
"...These are theatres getting together, and when we think about theatres, we don't think about quarterly earnings and portfolio diversification; we think about plays and concerts, experiences that delight us, move us, feed our souls. Besides, theatres traffic in stories, dramas with characters and conflict and emotion and suspense that suck us in and engage us, that talk to us about life and sometimes become a part of our lives..."
"...Two weeks later, protesters formed a 10-mile human chain around the city to demonstrate their desire to see Vladimir Putin defeated in the upcoming presidential election. The dramatic staging of these displays makes sense – in Russia, the line between politics and the theatre has always been thin..."
"...Henson and Kathy Bates. Contradictions abound in this messy and unfocused drama that purports to believe that family is everything, when all else fails..."
"...Starring: Erick Avari, Kal Penn, Sheetal Sheth, Mimi Rogers, Louise Fletcher and John Davies. The Houston-based filmmakers behind this modest character drama make their share of rookie mistakes – director Roe has the lengthiest résumé, as an assistant director of television fare like the Kim Delaney vehicle Tall, Dark and Deadly – but they’ve also got a fine cast, a lot of heart, and a healthy disregard for Hollywood rules..."
"...Starring: Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt. The two fantastic performances by Allen and Costner that anchor The Upside of Anger are the reason to see this contemporary drama about romance between two flawed adults..."
"...After watching Todd Graff’s sunshiny ode to all things musical and teenaged and sexually tormented, I began to develop serious doubts as to whether or not the sun would, indeed, come out tomorrow, tomorrow, et cetera. And if the sun did come out, would I find a world repopulated by braying drama-camp fanatics, swarming like flies around the bloated carcass of another super-duper musical number so excruciatingly devised and performed with such rampant, soul-numbing glee as to not only blind the hapless viewer with an Alien-like spray of foul acidic treacle but also render the complex inner workings of all available ears a barren stretch of raw and aching silence? Writer/director Graff, who had a part in last year’s Death to Smoochy (that film’s director, Danny DeVito, is listed as one of Camp’s co-producers) and also penned the scripts for both The Beautician and the Beast and the remake of The Vanishing (a scenaristic odd couple if ever there was one), has been scoring high marks from the Great White Wayfarers with this "edgy" examination of what goes on behind the scenes at drama camp..."
"...It tells the story of an unlikely pair: Noel Lord (Torn), an aging log driver with flowing gray hair, a crusty temperament, and a hook for a hand, and Bangor (Cardinal), Lord's housekeeper/companion/lover over the decades, who wears men's clothing, refers to herself in third person, and calls Lord “mister.” She is also missing a front tooth and is slightly but indefinably daft. The drama evolves as the power company tries to buy up Lord's land and chop down all the trees in order to build a hydroelectric dam..."
"...Race is every bit a sports movie in the classic sense of a story about defeat and glory, hard work and ambition, but it is also a social study about the complications of race relations in the U.S. and abroad, which lends the film an acuity that surpasses mere sports drama...."
"...It doesn’t help matters that front and center in nearly every scene of this drama is a strident and annoying teenager. This 17-year-old’s self-centered behavior is totally age-appropriate, and her desire to be morally uncompromising is almost as quixotic as it is bullheaded – but that doesn’t make her any more likable..."
"...But clever deployment of talent must extend beyond casting. A legal drama of this ilk needs to be all there on the page before production begins, and a steady vision should guide its course..."
"...Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Simon Callow and Antony Sher. “The play's the thing,” proves Shakespeare in Love as it presents the imaginary events that led to the creation of the playwright's timeless romantic drama, Romeo and Juliet..."
"...Jordan Harrison’s play, on which Michael Almereyda’s exceptional, deeply empathetic film is based, was nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and I won’t be a bit surprised if this version gets an Oscar nod come 2018. Lois Smith, whose remarkable onscreen career spans from Elia Kazan’s East of Eden to Five Easy Pieces, and from there to Minority Report and beyond, is by turns heart-wrenching and humorous as the titular Marjorie, an Alzheimer’s-afflicted octogenarian widow who takes comfort from a holographic representation of her late husband, Walter (the perfectly cast Hamm, in his best role since Mad Men)..."
"...Not reviewed at press time. Susanne Bier's Danish drama In a Better World won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, but she's arguably been in a slump ever since..."
"...The earnest drama Good Kill provocatively explores the blurred line between an act of war and an act of terrorism in this modern age of human conflict. Today, neither side may tread the higher moral ground, confounding any blind-eye view of a world solely defined by black and white hats..."
"...But beyond the work of Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston, many of those treasures have been lost to time and still lie buried in the public consciousness. With the opening this week of Beauty is the Best Priest: Short Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, Austin Community College Department of Drama Chair Marcus McQuirter unearths a few of its gems, giving Austin a rare opportunity to see the groundbreaking theatrical fare that women of color were generating during this liberating era...."
"...This beautifully acted and gradually revealed drama is a quiet discovery. Not one to blare its own horn, Middle of Nowhere is the kind of little indie film that gives little indie films a good name..."
"...Yes, The Fighter offers a new riff on the old standby genre of the boxing film, but to regard the movie solely in those terms vastly diminishes its import. Reminding us at once of the soulfulness of Rocky and the visual finesse of Raging Bull, The Fighter runs laps around those touchstones to create a movie that’s really a drama about self-delusions, inner strength, and the family as a paradoxical source of conflict and sustenance..."
"...Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, Martin Sheen, John Carroll Lynch, Judy Greer and Frances Conroy. Love Happens? It depends on your definition of “love.” And “happens.” There isn’t much of either in this predictable, putzy drama about a self-help guru who specializes in grief counseling even though he himself has hardly recovered from his wife’s accidental death three years prior..."
"...Starring: Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Diana García, Luis Fernando Peña and Héctor Jiménez. Suffused with gritty realism, poetic imagery, and melodramatic hokiness, Sin Nombre is a jumble of intentions striving to be a unified whole..."
"...Starring: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Frank Grillo, Shea Whigham and Lake Bell. It's a good thing this movie has been sitting on the shelf for a year or more, because, apart from the difference in release dates, there's little to distinguish this new cop drama from last year's cop drama We Own the Night – or last decade's Cop Land or dozens of other police procedurals that pit brothers against one another in a struggle between clean and dirty law-enforcement tactics, all played out under the watchful eye of a father figure who's also the top dog in the department's chain of command..."
"...For most reasonable people, attempting to get a group of elementary school kids to produce an hourlong musical in only six days is a prescription for catastrophe. How could it not be, with all those lines to memorize, melodies to learn, sets to build, choreography to forget, faces to wash, shoes to tie, and Ritalin pills to consume? But to the drama teachers at the Missoula Children’s Theatre, introducing children to the joys of musical theatre in under a week is something to be celebrated rather than avoided..."
"...The royal family is the physical embodiment of the country’s continuity of its beliefs and traditions, the symbolic representation of the country’s long history and assured progression into the future. Frears’ movie is something of a backstage palace drama, a work of speculative history in which we are privy to some of the thoughts and conversations that might have occurred in the palace’s inner chambers in 1997 during some particularly chaotic and unrehearsed moments of Queen Elizabeth II’s rule..."
"...Starring: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Terajima, Li Jiamin, Qiu Lin, Jiang Wen and Yang Zhenbo. After forays into martial-arts epics with his last couple of films (House of Flying Daggers, Hero), Chinese director Zhang returns to more familiar footing with the intimate drama Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles..."
"...Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt, David Alan Grier and Eve. Writer-director Nicole Kassell’s debut film is a lean drama anchored by subject matter which, although difficult, remains distantly disquieting yet never challenging..."
"...One suspects that von Trotta, whose films throughout the decades have paid special attention to women’s issues, views Rosenstrasse as an unheralded example of the power of women working together. Yet, not only does von Trotta fail to capture the sway and drama of the Rosenstrasse resistance in this movie, she also muddies the human fictional drama she creates as our passageway through these events..."
"...Starring: Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Jane Birkin, Lambert Wilson, Keeley Hawes, David Tennant, Fiona Shaw and Richard Roxburgh. Not even the rich and nuanced performances of stage veterans Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Jane Birkin can save this British period drama from languishing amid the story's unfocused longings and unrealistic musings..."
"...Starring: Lauryn Hill, John Carroll Lynch, Catherine Kellner, Simon Baker-Denny, David Moscow, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Elise Neal and Adrien Brody. In this intelligent indie drama made in 1998, a trendy restaurant in Hoboken, J.T..."