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Zachary Quinto, who recently returned to the New York stage in a widely lauded turn as Tom Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, sat down with online fashion retailer Mr Porter to talk sartorial wisdom, why the actor prefers New York to LA, and his entrepreneurial endeavors in film-making, among other topics.
"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."
On New York versus LA:
"New York is more about function over form," he says. "LA's a little more about how things look. Here, there's less time to think about it. I put less thought and effort into it. I will literally wear the same thing for a few days because my days are spent running around" [...]
"I've always wanted to live here [in New York]," he says. "The past 13 years of working in LA were a lot about figuring out when and how to get back here. I love Los Angeles, it's a beautiful city, but it has no soul. It requires so much more effort. Here, you step outside of your apartment and you never know where it's going to take you."
On his production company, Before The Door, which produced the financial crisis thriller Margin Call and, more recently, Robert Redford's All Is Lost (for which Redford just received a Golden Globe nod):
"I have to focus on my career as an actor primarily in order to give myself any credit or leverage to run this company to begin with," he explains.
But mostly, Mr Quinto insists, "I've learnt that it's possible to make really good films and to have everybody enjoy the process of doing it. And that's a great thing to know." As of now, Before The Door has about six projects in active development and is looking for vehicles for Mr Quinto, which could potentially include a cable television series with "a really unique character" that he would not elaborate on.
On what comes after Broadway:
The last time [Mr Quinto] finished a play in New York - a revival of Angels in America - he took a month-long trek to Peru by himself. "That's a different thing than going on vacation," he says. Right now, he's considering India, though Bora Bora might win out.
Check out a few more pics of Quinto in the city AFTER THE JUMP...
Zachary Quinto, Jane Lynch, Ellen DeGeneres, and Andy Cohen appeared in an amusing mock PSA at the end of the previously-mentioned Wednesday night Daily Show segment on voter suppression.Enjoy, AFTER THE JUMP...
BY NAVEEN KUMAR
Director John Tiffany’s stylish and superbly acted revival of The Glass Menagerie opened on Broadway last week at the Booth Theatre. Arriving on Broadway after a critically acclaimed run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, the production is at once faithful to Tennessee Williams’ specific ideas about how the play ought to be performed, and unmistakably revelatory.
The 1944 work that launched Williams’ career is a not so thinly veiled autobiographical account with parallels to his own family life, which the writer deems a ‘memory play.’ Tom (played here by Zachary Quinto) acts as narrator, looking back on memories of his somewhat delusional and heartily overbearing mother Amanda (Cherry Jones), and physically impaired, isolated sister Laura (Celia Keenan-Bolger).
Cooped up together in a middle-class tenement of St. Louis during the height of the Great Depression, the Wingfield family inches by on Tom’s warehouse salary, their father having left when the children were young. Amanda’s nostalgia for her glory days as a Southern belle blends with her aspirations for her daughter Laura, so painfully shy that her prospects for finding either a job or a husband to support her seem dire.
In his production notes for the play, Williams writes: “Expressionism and all other unconventional techniques in drama have only one valid aim, and that is a closer approach to truth.” Tiffany’s use of stylized movement and other carefully conceived ‘unconventional’ elements is both imaginative and precise. Taken together, the overall effect is an evocation of memories so far removed and yet immediate that the play feels like a vivid dream—with emotional truth never far from the surface.
With a softly lilting Southern cadence, Quinto brings out the poetry in Williams’ language to captivating effect. As a son (and grown man) looking back on loved ones he left behind and alternately reliving his past, Quinto registers a rich spectrum of regret, restlessness, filial affection, and an unspoken, deeply disguised longing. A frustrated poet widely accepted as a stand-in for Williams, Tom's buried desire is often interpreted as homosexual, as it is quite subtly here.
With her performance as Amanda, Ms. Jones demonstrates why she is rightfully among the most celebrated stage actors of her (or really, anyone’s) generation. By turns tender and smothering, pragmatic and delusional, and garrulous without turning shrill—her Amanda quite viscerally inspires the same complex gambit of emotions with which anyone who has a mother is familiar.
Amanda’s assessment of her daughter, that “still water runs deep,” may never have seemed more true. Ms. Keenan-Bolger’s careful, heartfelt performance as Laura hints at the elaborate emotional turmoil swirling underneath her surface stillness. It’s a metaphor that encompasses Tiffany’s production, itself set on a small collection of rooms surrounded by dark waters—a family marooned.
Brian J. Smith is likewise excellent as Jim, the long awaited Gentleman Caller. In the hands of Smith and Keenan-Bolger, the oft-rehearsed courtship between Jim and Laura feels fresh and alive, with an enchanting chemistry that makes the play’s conclusion that much more moving.
Joining Tiffany is the creative team with whom he also collaborated on the Tony Award winning musical Once (with many taking home individual awards), including movement director Steven Hoggett, designers Natasha Katz (lighting), Clive Goodwin (sound), and Bob Crowley (scenic and costume). Together with a supremely talented company, they deliver a haunting and extraordinary revival that’s sure to become a benchmark for future productions.
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