Area Premiere! Plays January 14–20
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AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE provides an intimate portrait of master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: himself. In the 1980s, Gray forged a new path in performance that forged together the measured tone of a lecturer with the humor of a comedian, the visual sense of a performance artist, and the dynamic range of a great actor. No stranger to appearing on screen, his successful stage performances (some of which saw their Boston premieres at the Brattle) were frequently filmed and released as features – most notably Swimming To Cambodia – and the success of these films revealed the universal appeal behind Gray’s personal stories.
Acclaimed and eclectic director Steven Soderbergh, who collaborated with Gray on Gray’s Anatomy, has sifted through rare and revealing footage and, in an editing tour-de-force, has constructed a riveting final monologue using Gray’s actual words. 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.
“Exquisitely fabricated… allows Gray to tell his own story just as he did on stage for 25 years, his brilliantly timed gallows humor matched by equally brilliant editing.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
- “Gray Ghost: Soderbergh’s spectral documentary invokes late performer’s spirit and gift for storytelling,” by Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
- “In film about his father, he shares spotlight,” by James Reed, The Boston Globe
- “Visiting an Ordinarily Unique Artist,” by A. O. Scott, The New York Times
- Dig Boston Review by David Day
- FilmCritic.com Review by Chris Barsanti
- (8/10 Rating) PopMatters.com Review by Cynthia Fuchs