- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 26, 2008

From Oscar to NYC

OK, so you’ve won the Academy Award for best picture of the year and your movie won two other gold statuettes. What do you do for an encore?

Go off-Broadway for an extended commercial run of your acclaimed trio of one-act plays.

Ethan Coen, an Oscar winner (along with brother Joel) for “No Country for Old Men,” will see his “Almost an Evening” resume performances March 20 at New York’s Bleecker Street Theatre, Associated Press reports.

The three short plays — together, they run less than 90 minutes — were a critical and popular hit for the Atlantic Theater Company earlier this year at its tiny Stage 2. Now the off-kilter comedies, directed by Neil Pepe, are back for a limited run through June 1.

The plays — “Waiting,” “Four Benches” and “Debate” — build in intensity, with most of the laughs coming in the last comedy, “Debate,” a not-what-it-seems theological contest between two characters called God Who Judges and God Who Loves.

There’s no official word yet on casting, but the first production featured such stars as Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham and Mark Linn-Baker.

Wild Winehouse

It looks like rehab didn’t have much effect on Amy Winehouse, who is once again spiraling out of control.

The British pop sensation spent the hours before the Brit Awards in London the other day trashing her room at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, DenverPost.com reports, citing a story from Britain’s Sun newspaper.

According to the Sun, hotel management found spilled liquor, cigarette butts, empty champagne bottles and underwear strewn on the floor. “The bed hadn’t been changed since she arrived, and most of the room had been used as an ashtray. There was dirty underwear everywhere, and the place smelled incredibly stale. She’d also taken down all the pictures,” a source told the Sun.

Miss Winehouse’s manager could not be reached for comment, the New York Post reported.

Boyz are back

Syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft (“Mama’s Boyz”) returns to the District for a series of cartooning workshops today through Thursday for youngsters at several area schools. The artist and author will set up shop at Tree of Life school in Northeast (today from 5 to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.), at Friendship-Blow Pierce Campus, also in Northeast (tomorrow from 10 to 11 a.m.) and at Seabrook Elementary School (Prince George’s County, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Characters from Mr. Craft’s first book, “Mama’s Boyz: As American as Sweet Potato Pie!” have acted as national spokesmen characters for the American Diabetes Association’s African-American Program (which earned Mr. Craft two Outstanding Supporter Awards for his work during National Diabetes month). The Mama’s Boyz characters also have been used to spread the word for several other organizations and are being worked into a campaign for the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition as a way to combat obesity in young people.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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