This Is How It (Comes) and Goes

Last night we saw the new Neil LaBute play, This Is How It Goes at the New York Public Theater. Ben Stiller, Amanda Peet, and Jeffrey Wright were in it. It was good, but personally, we like The Shape of Things better.

Ben Stiller was adequate as “Man”, but our friend told us something nasty about him about 5 minutes before the play started, so we weren’t really in a state to be subjective about his performance. Although we don’t hate Amanda Peet, we’ve never been bowled over by any of her performances. Even though we loved “Jack & Jill” we were watching it more for Serge, sorry Mandy. Anyway, we could tell that Peet wasn’t really a stage actress b/c of the strained tone of her voice. It sound like she was trying to project…but just way too hard. Although she had some very good moments, for the most part she seemed a bit hollow. Too much like an actress playing a woman whose life is less than satisfying, rather than being that woman. Jeffrey Wright gave a wonderful performance, despite fighting off a cold.

The play is about racism, betrayal, and perception and is performed in the round. Go ahead at get cultured. It’s currently in previews.

But what’s a play-going experience w/out some cele-spotting: Rachel Weisz (with shortly cropped hair) was in the audience…and we also spied Famke Janssen upstairs on the third floor for some sort of “Young Donors” party–basically where they let all the rich kids feel like they’re part of something special by throwing them a party with open bar.

Eastside Hooooo!

Ok, going to work every day isn’t the greatest thing ever, but in most cases, it’s a bareable commute we trek through each and every Monday thru Friday. But this particular Wed was hell on (non-moving) wheels due to no trains running up or down the 4, 5, and 6 lines during morning rush hour. We thought the worst was over after it took us 40 minutes to get from our home to work, but when we headed home around 5:40, the trains had been shut down once again. Should we just stay at home and never travel to work again? Sounds like a plan.

More Random Stuff We’ll Want to Remember Later

We saw Millions this weekend. It wasn’t as fantastic as we’d hoped. But we still love Danny Boyle.

Last Wed we saw “Hurlyburly” with Ethan Hawke, Parker Posey, and Josh Hamilton. It was great. A bit too long perhaps, but Ethan was really good. Parker, on the other hand…not so good at times, but better than she was in “Taller than a Dwarf”. Ah, the pitfalls of when movie actors try to do stage.

We Went to the Armory Show and All We Got Were these Stupid Pictures

Peter Zimmermann

Julian Opie

Stephen Powers for Deitch Gallery

Ryan McGin-who?

This weekend we spent more than 5 hours walking through the Armory Show. Julian Opie is our new favorite artist. You know, the guy who did the “Best of Blur” cover. He had a dancing go-go girl (see above) and 4 pale blue/lavendar landscapes represented at the show.

Another great piece we saw was by Frenchie, Peter Zimmermann, who uses epoxy resin on canvas. We spied a couple checking out the work we have pictured way in the begining of the day. By the time we made a lap around Pier 90, the work had been taken down and wrapped up. Guess they really liked it a lot.

Worth Millions

Millions” is the only movie we want to see this month. We love everything that Danny Boyle touches…well almost everything, we just can’t love The Beach as much as we try. But what about the brilliant “28 Days Later,” or need we mention “Trainspotting” or “Shallow Grave”? Ok, “A Life Less Ordinary” wasn’t so hot either, but hey, ya can’t win ’em all, can you?

The little boy looks adorable, and the story sounds awesome. (It’s about two young brothers who lose their mother and then find a suitcase full of money that seems to fall out of the sky.) Can’t wait to see it, and no, we don’t work for Fox Searchlight, we just love Danny Boyle and children.

It opens in New York on Friday.

Project Runway Speaks!

Here are some recent interviews and updates on your favorite and not-so-favorite “Project Runway” alumni:

Winner Jay McCarroll talks to the Village Voice about how much he hates Zac Posen; Austin Scarlett talks to the Advocate fame, fortune, and fashion invitations; sassy Brit Vanessa Riley bad-mouths the entire show and all the other contestants; evil “PR” villain Wendy Pepper opens up her own online boutique.

If anyone can point us to a videoclip of the SNL “Project Runway” skit, we’d be most greatful.