Random Friday Spielberg Top 10

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 

It’s Friday, so let’s get the important things out of the way first, namely: the brand new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Can you say, “HOLY $#*%?!?!?” Thank you, Jesus!

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, allow me to point you in the direction of some other cool happenings you will surely want to check out.

First among these is the Plays and Playwrights 2008 Book Launch Party at The Red Room & The Kraine Theatres this Sunday afternoon at 3pm. This event is always a cracking good time – Martin and Rochelle Denton know how to mobilize the indie theater scene better than anyone. You can hobnob and schmooze, catch up with old acquaintances, meet new ones, and see some damn good scenes from the published plays. Here’s what they’ll be doing excerpts from on Sunday:

  • …and we all wore leather pants by Robert Attenweiler. Performed by Ariana Shore and Joe Stipek.
  • Cleansed by Thomas Bradshaw. Performed by Joseph Carusone, Barrett Doss, Siho Ellsmore, Matt Huffman, and Bobby Moreno
  • Fall Forward by Daniel Reitz. Performed by Dean Imperial and Julie Kline.
  • The Telling Trilogy by Crystal Skillman. Performed by Spencer Aste.
  • What Happened When by Daniel Talbott. Performed by Jimmy Davis and Seth Numrich.

Hot stuff, people. You should check it out.

I would be there myself, but, sad to say, I’m going to miss it on account of my afternoon tech rehearsal for Episode 3 of 3800 Elizabeth, which goes up at The Battle Ranch that very night at 8pm.  You should come see it. This week’s episode is going to be particularly funny, I think, and will be a fine showcase for both me and my co-star, Iracel Rivero.

Hell, you could make a whole day of it on Sunday: hit the Plays and Playwrights party in the afternoon, then check out 3800 Elizabeth in the evening. And none of it will cost you a dime, my friend. That’s right: both events are totally and completely FREE. Now do you think you have a good reason to stay home and do housework this weekend? I didn’t think so.

If those aren’t enough for you, you could also take in both of these happening weekend events:

  • Notes From Underground: Michael Gardner remounts his stage adaptation of the classic work by Dostoyevsky at The Brick Theater. Starring Robert Honeywell, Heath Kelts, Michael O’Brien, Alyssa Simon, and Moira Stone. I saw this in one of its earlier incarnations, back in the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival, and I guarantee that you have never seen anything like it. Go see this powerhouse cast in action. Opens tonight for a 6-week run.
  • Nosedive Productions’ Boxcar Social at The Battle Ranch this Saturday from 7pm to 11pm. This is a fundraiser for Nosedive’s spring production of Colorful World, the new superhero play by James Comtois, which numerous people have told me is pretty frappin’ awesome. The Nosedivers are excellent people and a hell of a lot of fun to party with, so you should do yourself a favor and go hang with them. There will be plenty of entertainment – poetry by actor-writer Brian Silliman, magic tricks by the Amazing Amazini, and the newest of Nosedive’s notoriously funny video comedy sketches – and cheap-ass drinks ($2 beers, $1 Jell-O shots). All for $5 at the door. Tell me how that’s not a deal.
  • Happy Endings, Blue Coyote Theater Group’s new evening of short plays about the lives of sex workers. Oh yeah, baby! Featuring new plays by Blair Fell, David Foley, Matthew Freeman, Brian Fuqua, David Johnston, Boo Killebrew, Stan Richardson, Christine Whitley, and John Yearley. The Blue Coyotes are also an awesome bunch that always put on a great show. Knowing them, this one should be no different. Now playing at The Access Theater through March 1st.

Finally, I’d like to wrap things up with this week’s Random Friday Top 10, inspired by Steven Spielberg, director of the new Indiana Jones movie. I hereby give you my Top 10 Favorite Performances From a Spielberg Movie (in chronological order):

  • Robert Shaw in Jaws (1975)
  • Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Henry Thomas in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple (1985)
  • Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun (1987)
  • Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  • Dustin Hoffman in Hook (1991)
  • Anthony Hopkins in Amistad (1997)
  • Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Christopher Walken in Catch Me if You Can (2002)

(Honorable mentions to Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple; the entire cast of Always; Robin Williams in Hook; Djimon Hounsou in Amistad; and Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can.)

That’s all for now, people. Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!

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One Response to Random Friday Spielberg Top 10

  1. mauthor says:

    you forgot Jurassic park(wish i really like) and minority report.
    i also thought that A.I. was alright, probably if i did a list, it would be in the bottom half.

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