Lois Smith , David Margulies - Opening night after party for Marjorie Prime held at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub and Grill- Arrivals. at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub and Grill, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 15th December 2015
The Mamma Mia! star presented Smith and Sternhagen with lifetime achievement prizes at the 58th annual Village Voice Obie Awards, which celebrate Off-Broadway shows.
Actress Eisa Davis was also among the honourees, landing the Sustained Excellence in Performance accolade, while the award for Best New American Play was jointly bestowed upon Lisa D'Amour's Detroit and Julia Jarcho's Grimly Handsome.
Cindy and Jim Green is a young, married couple who are looking forward to starting a family. They try everything they can but it doesn't work. After the couple find out they can never conceive, it leaves them devastated.
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Kate and Alex (Keener and Platt) are socially active New Yorkers, supporting charities and trying to help their feisty teen daughter (Steele) understand what's important. But Kate's beginning to feel guilty about their work; they buy furniture from families with recently deceased relatives and resell it at a profit. This is taken to the extreme as they wait for their aging neighbour (Guilbert) to die so they can annex her apartment, and Kate and Alex struggle with how to interact with her very different granddaughters (Hall and Peet).
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Chris Eigeman makes an impressive debut as writer/director of Turn the River, ably abetted by an intense, edgy star turn from Famke Janssen as a pool hustler who wants to grab her abused son away from his weak, alcoholic father and get the hell out of town fast.
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In a vaguely present time, we meet old Inge (Lois Smith), mourning the dealth of husband Olaf. After much wringing of hands, she remembers back to the time of their meeting in 1920. Fresh of the boat from Deutschland, young Inge (Elizabeth Reaser) is picked up as a mail-order bride by young Olaf (Tim Guinee) and best pal Frandsen (Alan Cumming), and they head straight to the church to get married. When the preacher (John Heard) finds out she's German, he refuses to marry them. This becomes the central conflict of the film: Inge is shunned in town, can't return home, and can't live with Olaf out of wedlock (darn society!!!). They're soon both outcasts, and harvest time approaches...
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The Drowsy Chaperone dominated the Drama Desk Awards on Sunday (21MAY06), winning seven awards, including outstanding musical. Alan Bennett's THE HISTORY BOYS won five awards, outstanding play among them. Other multiple winners included SWEENEY TODD, with four, as well as JERSEY BOYS and Awake And Sing! with two apiece. Richard Griffiths (The History Boys) and Lois Smith (A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL) won top drama acting prizes.
Ryder plays the cheeky Finn, a precocious grad student pondering a marriage proposal. Having second thoughts, she decides to spend the summer with a gaggle of quilting relatives and their friends, just to sort things out. Well, we see right off the bat that this probably wasn't such a great idea, because each and every one of these people is completely insane.
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The similarities between Tumbleweeds and Anywhere But Here (the corpse of which is not even cold) are astonishing. In Tumbleweeds, Mom Mary Jo (McTeer) is a put-upon single mother; daughter Ava (Brown) is brash and headstrong. The two drive to California, intent on "starting over," -- in the case of Tumbleweeds, an escape from physical abuse, or at least the threat of it. Anywhere But Here: same story, sans the abuse.
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Oh: But watch for Jared Harris's Walken impersonation at the 42 minute mark.
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Don't be misled by the fact that a quick summary of "P.S." sounds like a hokey Lifetime TV episode of "The Twilight Zone." The story does revolve around a Columbia University art school admissions director drawn to a young applicant who may be the reincarnation of her dead high school sweetheart -- but the possibilities of that spiritual element are just a jumping-off point for the complex, earthbound emotional baggage stirred up by her desire for it to be true.
The brilliantly instinctive and unaffected Laura Linney ("Mystic River," "You Can Count On Me") lends palpable weight and depth to long-dormant insecurities and desires in her melancholy, weary, authentically 39-year-old character. She is reinvigorated by the tumultuous affair she initiates with the cheeky, nascently charming young painter (Topher Grace), who shares not only an uncanny resemblance and his name with her lost love, but also his talent and his word-for-word desire never to live a "just add water" life.
Grace -- a worthy rising star whose comedic timing on "That '70s Show" is clearly just the tip of his acting iceberg -- perfectly embodies his art student's mounting curiosity and nagging consternation. He doesn't know what the hell is going on with Linney, but he's instantly drawn to her. She has a sad yet radiant down-to-earth beauty, she could hold the key to his artistic edification, and she's trying to seduce him -- so at first he figures, why fight it? Soon he becomes emboldened by the fact that her confidence as a woman and an authority figure evaporates around him, leading to a chemistry of pungent awkwardness between Linney and Grace that fills the screen like a fog.
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