CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
DVD Review: Smart, Funny Comedy of Showtime’s ‘Episodes’
CHICAGO – Outside of a surprising Golden Globe win by its hysterically funny star, Matt LeBlanc, Showtime’s “Episodes” doesn’t seem to be getting too much attention from critics or viewers. It’s not one of the modern cable shows that everyone seems to be talking about like “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” “The Walking Dead,” “Justified,” etc. I’m not saying it’s in the caliber of those programs but it would be a shame if this program was ignored entirely. It’s damn funny.
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0
LeBlanc plays a heightened and exaggerated version of himself, an egocentric, womanizing jerk who had fame as a TV star but has watched his status slip at Nobu. Despite the protestations of the writers/producers bringing it Stateside, LeBlanc is cast in an American remake of a British hit. The rest of “Episodes” is a behind-the-scenes satire of Hollywood TV production but it’s anchored by strong character-based performances from its two talented leads — Tamsin Greig & Stephen Mangan. The DVD release is woefully and pathetically light on special features and it’s a sin that Showtime/Paramount didn’t deem the show worthy of a Blu-ray release. Maybe if more people were talking about it…
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Witty, wild and wonderful… Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc stars as himself, kind of… in the hilarious first and second seasons of the Showtime Primetime Emmy nominated hit, Episodes. When a British husband-and-wife writing team gets the opportunity to bring their successful TV series across the pond, they soon discover that making it big in America means changing nearly everything about the show. As their star actor, Matt, wreaks havoc on their script and their marriage, the duo tries to keep it all under control as they deal with awkward Hollywood funerals, falling ratings, celebrity stalkers and the even more intense drama that happens off-camera. Tune in for all the laughs in this titillating and timely send-up of Tinseltown.
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