Steve is a 5-tool writer (plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, journalism) who has had 11 books published, 10 plays produced, and has written for the New York Times “Arts & Leisure”, Village Voice, New Republic, and many others. He is one of the few people on the planet who can lay claim to spending time with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, as well as so many other extraordinary people who refused to color inside the lines. He is always on the lookout for the original and the incisive.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KAREN ALLEN? (Answer: A Lot)

The 2017 Hollyshorts Festival of short films is entering its final weekend at the TLC Chinese Theatre 6, and I highly recommend checking out the guide and catching some of the films if you can.

The Festival began on Thursday August 10th with the 30th Anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's...

THE DANGERS OF LIVING - One Play, Five One-Person Shows

Let's face it, we all want to be heroes.  From an early age, we daydream about performing heroically under pressure - saving the drowning man, pulling the woman to safety before she's engulfed by fire, catching the child who falls out a window - and then being celebrated by...

WHY HAROLD CLURMAN WOULD HAVE LOVED THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE

I went to the Hollywood Fringe Post-Mortem two weeks ago at Sacred Fools. 10 people there. Including Ben Hill and Matt Quinn.

Remember the crowded parties? Lots of empty seats here.

The party was still going on for a few shows, but this felt more like a wake.  Which was cool....

THE PLAYWRIGHT AS HERO - Shepard, Kushner, Stephens and Yee

I am going to talk about the National Theatre Live screening of Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA with Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, and two new plays at CTG theaters, HEISENBERG and KING OF THE YEES.   But, to be completely honest, I'm having trouble moving on from the death...

SAM SHEPARD - No Joke, He Was The Real Deal

"I was in the presence of an extraordinary man, reinventing himself on the brink of disaster, and realized that this had always been the case with him and his work.  His whole life had been in the company of death, and this reminder of his own mortality informed everything...

BILLY HAYES ALERT - IT'S "MIDNIGHT EXPRESS" WEEK IN LOS ANGELES!

Don't look now, but Billy Hayes is back in town.

The "Midnight Express" man left Los Angeles in 2014 and hit the road with his one man show for a time, then settled down in Sin City, where he's been negotiating with various pot enterprises who want to market a...

IS THERE SOMETHING INDECENT ABOUT "INDECENT"?

On Friday July 14, I went to see the play Indecent at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. The play was "created by" Rebecca Taichman and Paula Vogel, written by Paula Vogel and directed by Rebecca Taichman. The subtitle of the play, which is projected on the back wall of...

Paul Dooley: Character is Destiny

At the opening of his one-man show at Theatre West, Paul Dooley lists all the other character actors that he's often mistaken for, including Paul Sorvino, Ned Beatty, Charles Durning, Pat Hingle - great actors all of them, memorable from a hundred roles, but seldom identified with just one....

MARTIN LANDAU - ACTOR'S ACTOR, PEERLESS TEACHER, LAST OF HIS KIND

Martin Landau passed from this earth on Saturday at age 89.

Martin Landau outside at the Plaza Hotel; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)

To those over 55 who watched TV growing up, he was well-known from the Mission Impossible TV series.  To more...

THE FRINGE IS OVER! AND ... NO IT'S NOT

Fringe Fringe Fringe.

Fringe Fringe Fringe Fringe.

Fringe Fringe Fringe Fringe Fringe.

375 shows!  Ben Hill!  Matt Quinn!  Blah blah blah blah.

For the last week I've been in a secret bunker far far away from anything remotely resembling a Fringe show, trying to decompress.

Me, pre-Fringe

Yes, I set out...