Soderbergh on Spalding Gray, at Prytania

I know I’ve been blogging about movies a lot lately, but seriously, with heat index of 118 or whatever it is, what else should you be doing but sitting in the a.c. watching flicks? But tonight–this I’m seriously excited about.

Director Steven Soderbergh is going to be at Prytania Theatre (really!), screening a film he made about the late Spalding Gray who was a brilliant playwright, screenwriter, performance artist, and monologist. The movie versions of some of his monologues: Gray’s Anatomy (directed by Soderbergh), Swimming to Cambodia, Monster in a Box were hugely influential on me when I was younger. This new film And Everything is Going Fine is, well, here:

“And Everything Is Going Fine provides an intimate portrait of master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray. Director Steven Soderbergh, who collaborated with Gray on Gray’s Anatomy (1996), has sifted through rare and revealing footage to construct a riveting final monologue. There are glimpses of Gray’s father, and of his son Forrest (who provides soaring music for the end credits), but mostly this is an inspired one-man show, a bittersweet display of Spalding’s playful and embattled intelligence, his gift for tracking universal truths by looking himself squarely in the eye.”

7:30. $15. Q&A with director afterward.

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