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Two days in advance of its SXSW world premiere, The Key Man's cool, retro poster debuted at Film School Rejects (… Let's just ignore the website's insultingly reductive, "nerd"-centric view of these amazing actors, though, shall we?) 😉 There's also an interview with the director, Peter Himmelstein, over on IndieWire. Himmelstein describers his film as both set in the 1970s and deliberately evoking the films of that era. It hinges on insurance fraud, with Jack Davenport's hapless character caught in a scheme between two con men played by Hugo Weaving and Brian Cox. The film also gets a mention in Moving Picture Network's "13 Must-Sees At SXSW".
It's looking more and more like Variety was right in calling Uncle Vanya's Washington DC run an "exclusive", at least for now. No one I talked to at BAM knew about a reprise there. Various different news sources in both the US and Australia have given different date ranges for the DC engagement… The Kennedy Center lists August 4-27, so I'd go with that… and not hedge my bets on a New York run. It's understandable that a cast of this calibre would be in demand individually, so we're very lucky the STC could get them back together for this long. More info at Broadway World, Family Circle, The New York Times, Clef Notes and Drama Queens, WENN and ABC News (Australia).
As most of you have probably heard, there was another devastating earthquake this morning, this time along the eastern coast of Japan, followed by a tsunami. The death toll is already in the hundreds. It's difficult to be too insular and focused on entertainment when suffering is happening on this scale… Our thoughts and hopes go out to those affected. Please donate to the Red Cross or a charitable organization you trust if you feel so moved.