| Aug 8, 2014
| 3:02 PM
You can't say "Theatre Downtown" doesn't offer variety: Going from Tracy Lett's "Killer Joe" to "A Christmas Carol" is a definite change of mood. But before the theater gets to those productions, it presents the comedy "Sylvia."
Tickets are $22 per...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| Apr 25, 2014
| 10:26 AM
"Cabaret" is back on Broadway in a revival of a revival production — yes, that's right — that was first seen in 1998.
The critically acclaimed Sam Mendes staging from the Roundabout Theatre Co. opened Thursday at Studio 54 in New York,...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
August: Osage County
Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99
Available on VOD beginning April 8
Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:58 PM
Matthew McConaughey is becoming a fixture on television.
He's starring in "True Detective" at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO. But his status as a best-actor Oscar nominee for "Dallas Buyers Club" means McConaughey is logging a lot of TV time. He wants to keep his...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
We could, on our own, diagram the ups and downs of Matthew McConaughey's acting career. But, to borrow a line from "Dazed and Confused," it'd be a lot cooler if he did. He obliges.
'Dazed and Confused'
" 'All right, all right, all right!' First...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It may not be to most actors' tastes, but Matthew McConaughey is sounding oddly happy about his smaller paydays.
"For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!" the actor says.
Then again, McConaughey has reason to smile; his choice to...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Matthew McConaughey likes to turn things over in his mind. And since we've just uncorked a good bottle of Pinot Noir at a corner table in the Beverly Hills Four Seasons bar ("We'll give that just a little air and we're good," he says in that musical Texas...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:26 AM
Over and over, the negative reviews of "August: Osage County" have pulled variations on a sad theme, with various New York- and LA-based critics wrestling with the film without having seen, or read, the Tracy Letts play that came before it. Paraphrased,...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:30 AM
On paper, the premise of the new HBO anthology series "True Detective" — two mismatched cops investigating the murder of a prostitute — hardly sounds like the most inventive idea; even the title borders on generic.
Minutes into the pilot...
| Nov 15, 2013
Twenty-one years have passed since Paul Dillon first got behind the wheel of a cab, the "Hellcab," at the old Famous Door Theatre. He went on to create a role in Tracy Letts' "Killer Joe," moved to Los Angeles, showed up in the mostly disappointing...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Thor: The Dark World
Early on in "Thor: The Dark World," the latest slab of briskly amusing, elaborately inconsequential 3D entertainment from the Disney/Marvel comicbook factory, an evil Dark Elf announces his sinister plan to...