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The Ongoing Failure of the PG-13 Rating: The Movie

Chris Klimek

In perhaps the strangest milestone of my I-guess-you-could-call-it-a-career, The Dissolve has adapted an essay of mine that they published back in December into a very clever two-and-a-half-minute animated short. Keith Phipps, who edited the original essay, wrote the script.

I'm honored. The original piece is here. Please note that it cites Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing picture of 2014 in the U.S., which it was at the time of publication; Guardians was subsequently out-earned by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and American Sniper. Anyway, my thanks to Keith and to animators Mack Williams and Benji Williams and their team for doing such a beautiful job with this. I've embedded the video above, but please go watch it on The Dissolve, where it's accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video wherein Mack Williams pulls back the curtain on how he turned a script into a cartoon.

On Around Town, talking Laugh, Man of La Mancha, The Originalist, and Soon.

Chris Klimek

My regimen of smiling and sentence-speaking practice continues as I join host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz for another Around Town panel discussion of what's happening on stage here in Our Nation's Capitol and its close suburbs. In this batch of videos, which have also been airing irregularly on your public television, we discuss three shows I reviewed for the Washington City Paper and one I didn't: Beth Henley's homage to silent film comedies Laugh, the Shakespeare Theatre's new production of the classic musical Man of La Mancha, Arena Stage's world premiere play about divisive Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, The Originalist, and Soon, a new musical about the end of the world, kind of, at Signature Theatre.

These links no longer play nice with my blogging platform, so they're not embeddable.

Laugh

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365462454/

Soon

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365462413/

Man of La Mancha

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365462437/

The Originalist

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365462393/

On Around Town, talking King Hedley II, Mary Stuart, and Cherokee

Chris Klimek

On this trio of Around Town discussions, host Robert Aubry Davis, Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz, and I dissect Arena Stage's powerful King Hedley II, Woolly Mammoth's meandering Cherokee, and Folger Theatre's intriguing Mary Stuart.

(My Washington City Paper reviews of are here, here, and here, respectively.)

I'm sorry my hair wasn't as concise and insightful on this day as I strive at all times for it to be.These videos are no longer embeddable, so you'll get links and like it.

King Hedley II:

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365433218/

Cherokee:

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365433239/

Mary Stuart:

http://watch.weta.org/video/2365433276/

 

 

On Around Town, talking Choir Boy, Life Sucks, and The Widow Lincoln.

Chris Klimek

Three new Around Town play reviews means three new opportunities to attempt to smile on command and to speak in concise sentences that end rather than trail off. (I'll keep working on it.) This time, host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz and I discuss Studio Theatre's Choir Boy, Theater J's Life Sucks, Or the Present Ridiculous, and Ford's Theatre'The Widow Lincoln. That's two shows I liked a lot, respectively, plus one I liked, well, more than many others did. (My Washington City Paper reviews are herehere, and here.) I am informed that one of these aired on WETA right after Downton Abbey last night, which I am certain is the best lead-in I shall ever get. We're the A Different World of public broadcasting!

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On Around Town, talking In Praise of Love and Diner

Chris Klimek

New year! Lightly refurbished attitude! Same old trouble smiling when announced and speaking in complete sentences!I am always happy to be invited to join host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz to talk theatre on WETA's Around Town.


In these two mini-sodes, when share our impressions of Washington Stage Guild's revival of Terence Rattigan's In Praise of Love (for more words, see my Washington City Paper review here) and Signature Theatre's new musical version of Barry Levinson's classic 1982 film Diner, featuring songs by Sheryl Crow.

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On Around Town, talking Beauty and the Beast and Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Chris Klimek

For further evidence of  how hopeless I am at looking into a camera and smiling when someone says my name, we take you once again to the studios of WETA, where I was delighted as always to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz last week for ultra-concise discussions of two shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper. We covered Synetic Theatre's fresh adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and Old Trout Puppet's Workshop's surreal Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

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On Around Town, discussing Theater J's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide and Arena's Fiddler on the Roof

Chris Klimek

We take you once again to the studios of WETA, where I was delighted as ever to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz for on-message discussions of two shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper. We covered Theater J’s production of Tony Kusher’s latest play, the exhausting (deep breath) The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scripturesas well as Arena's square and satisfying production of Fiddler on the Roof  my first. That's the one I'll be sending my folks to see for Christmas.

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On Around Town, talking Sex with Strangers, Julius Caesar, and How We Got On

Chris Klimek

For more on how abysmal I am at looking into a camera and smiling when someone says my name, we take you now to the studios of WETA, where I was pleased to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz for very brief discussions of three shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper, starting with my favorite of 2014, Signature Theatre's production of Laura Eason's Sex with Strangers.

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