1. “The Glass Menagerie”: There’s magic from start to finish in this new production of Tennessee William’s great play about regret starring a superb Cherry Jones and a revelatory Zachary Quinto. It’s evocative, sometimes surreal and sublimely organic — the perfect package for a play about faded and frayed memories.
Pictures of Zach yesterday in New York attending the Anchorman 2 premiere are now up in the gallery:
HOLLYWOOD DARLING ZACHARY QUINTO THRIVES ON THE SPICE OF LIFE, TAKING ON ROLES IN BLOCKBUSTERS ALONGSIDE BROADWAY PLAYS. AFTER OPENING NIGHT OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’S THE GLASS MENAGERIE, HE SPOKE WITH OUR EDITOR-AT-LARGE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF VARIETY
Playing it cool isn’t the easiest thing to do, and to his credit, the stern severity and rigidity that Zachary Quinto brought to the role of Spock in the recent Star Trek revamp is a testament to the 36-year-old’s acting skills. However, luckily for us, seeing him play the part of Tom in Tennessee Williams’ 1944 play The Glass Menagerie allows the actor to show us his complicated side. The play takes place in St. Louis, Missouri (this writer’s hometown, as I’m happy to tell anyone!) and follows a few nights with an unconventional Midwestern family: Quinto’s character is an arts-minded youth with a crappy factory job who supports a complex and delusional mother (played superbly by Cherry Jones) and a homebound, socially awkward, slightly handicapped younger sister (Celia Keenan-Bolger). Any drama buff knows that Quinto’s is an important role, since, as the actor points out, this is Williams’s most autobiographical work. After seeing the play, we asked him what it was like to tackle the role.
How familiar were you with Tennessee and this play before you signed on to do it?
ZACHARY QUINTO I came to this experience with an appreciation for Tennessee and his plays—but without any deep familiarity. I had read The Glass Menagerie and most of his other major plays, and I had seen a number of his works over the years. But I had never worked with any of his material myself until this production.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the nominations of the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards this morning and Zachary got a nomination for his amazing work in American Horror Story: Asylum!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
· James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
· Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
· Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
· Sebastian Stan (Political Animals) – USA
· David Wenham (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
· Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
American Horror Story scored six nominations, including Best Movie or Mini-Series, Best Actress (to Jessica Lange), and supporting actors to Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and James Cromwell. Congratulations!
The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
Although the character he is most identified with – the half-vulcan, half-human Mr Spock of the 2009 and 2013 rebooted Star Trek movies – is hardly known for his chic daywear or the way he rocks a pair of jeans, off-screen the actor Mr Zachary Quinto has become something of a fashion plate.
He flew relatively under the radar in Los Angeles, but the 36 year old, who now lives in New York and is currently starring in a glorious revival of Mr Tennessee Williams’ memory play The Glass Menagerie, has become a regular on the party circuit. He has been known to shown up at a CFDA party in a classic yet contemporary grey suit made for him by his friend, Mr Todd Snyder, and attend a Met Ball in an eye-catching waistcoat, his hair tinted an electric blue to complement the evening’s punk theme.
“It’s more a matter of trying to make sure I’m wearing things that fit well but that are not boring,” says Mr Quinto in his dressing room upstairs at the Booth Theater, where in a few hours he will take to the stage in Mr Williams’ 1945 play. “As a guy, that’s a little more of a challenge than if you’re able to wear a big gown. We have to work with fewer resources. It becomes about the details. Cufflinks. Tie bars. Do you have a break in your trousers or is it a shorter hem? I’ve learnt a lot about tailoring: what fits and what lines are good for me and my body type.”
Today, a particularly cold Friday in Times Square, Mr Quinto is wearing a pair of dark, slim-fitting jeans and a cashmere sweatshirt – his “typical New York uniform” – before he’ll change into his period costume.
The 25th anniversary edition of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Gypsy of the Year Competition will be presented Dec. 9 at 4:30 PM and Dec. 10 at 2 PM at the Minskoff Theatre.
Gypsy of the Year is the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. The show features a display of singers and dancers from the ensembles of numerous shows, known as “gypsies.” Awards are presented to the top fundraisers and for the best presentation during the two performances.
The awards will be announced at the end of the Dec. 10 performance by Cherry Jones, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Jones also will be joined by her castmates from this season’s critically acclaimed The Glass Menagerie revival – Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith. Other celebrity presenters scheduled to appear include Stephen DeRosa, Rick Holmes and Lindsay Mendez.
Tickets, starting as low as $20, remain available. They can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268.