LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COMEDY EVENT OF THE DECADE:
As we all know, women are funnier than men. And these two made the list a year ago (in fact, that needs a part 2 doesn’t it?) because they are both geniuses. Seeing them be effortlessly funny together almost made my brain explode. They can do no wrong.
I don’t know what’s going on, but there is an influx of eerily Jack-specific culture coming in at the moment. Things are really lookin good for people with my particular taste in music, comedy, movies – did I mention seeing Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy meant I can officially die happy?
What’s next, amiright? Next you’re going to tell me, I don’t know, like, Elisabeth Moss is coming to Broadway.
I am drooling. DROOLING I TELL YOU.
I made a prayer to the pop music gods, and they sent me Ryn Weaver. She’s taking my breath away. I’m breathless with excitement for more! Continue reading
As you may have noticed, JackSmartReview updates have been few and far between and laaaame. But fear not, readers! My life has been very happily taken over by a full-time job at Backstage, which I highly recommend frequenting even if you’re not a struggling actor type. Here are some highlights from the last month, and if you’re not hearing from this blog as frequently, dear readers, just head over to Backstage.com. There’s something there for
all both of you (thanks for reading, Mom and Dad!).
Did you know I am an expert on famous actors who have guest starred on ‘The Simpsons’?? I am now!
Forget the VMA’s!
(Hard to do, I know.)
In all the glitz and “glamour” of pop music’s flashiest, trashiest night, think of First Aid Kit as a refreshingly folky palette cleanser. These chicks deserve all the awards. Listen to their whole album, it’s seriously amazing.
Yet more proof that all good music comes from Sweden. WTF.
This is a big one, folks. It is straight-up miraculous I’ve never used this blog to broadcast my bizarrely intense obsession with The Color Purple. I recently got to write “Fanmail” over at TDF Stages about LaChanze, the actress who solidified that obsession into a crucial cornerstone of my teenage years. Check it out!
LaChanze and Anthony Rapp in ‘If/Then’
As a small white boy from Honolulu, I always had difficulty explaining my obsession with The Color Purple. I suppose it started with Alice Walker’s graceful writing in the book, and intensified when I watched Whoopi Goldberg’s and Oprah Winfrey’s powerful performances in the movie. But my fervor truly ignited when, on a rare trip to New York City, I saw the Broadway musical The Color Purple with my father and grandfather. And it was LaChanze, lighting up the stage in her Tony Award-winning role as the downtrodden Celie, who captivated my 16-year-old soul completely.
I highly recommend this piece by Suzy Evans, and not just because it delves into a program I attended this summer (and features a photo of me surrounded by some seriously talented fellow Critic Fellows!). It’s worth reading if you’ve ever wondered about the necessity of critics, or if you’re involved in the theater in any way and have heard of the O’Neill, which is of course the most recommendable thing of all. Check us out!
As the late, great Robin Williams might say… SEIZE THE DAY.
This is my anthem for today, and for 2014, and for always. Rock on, Bleachers.