Susanna Coates

Arts: Daring drama takes America

When “The Island” first debuted in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1973, its honest but harsh portrayal of life in a political prison led the apartheid South African government to attempt to confiscate the play. But no script existed, because the two actors (John Kani and Winston Ntshona) and the director (Athol Fugard) had memorized […]

Comic fusion of sci-fi romance

When you think of romantic comedies, you don’t usually think of sci-fi movies. But with Happy Accidents (IFC Films), writer and director Brad Anderson merges the two genres. The result is an eccentric but thoughtfully engaging and entertaining movie. Marisa Tomei plays Ruby Weaver, a co-dependent telephone directory operator who seems to attract an endless […]

Comedy fuses sci-fi, romance

When you think of romantic comedies, you don’t usually think of sci-fi movies. But with Happy Accidents (IFC Films), writer and director Brad Anderson merges the two genres. The result is an eccentric but thoughtfully engaging and entertaining movie. Marisa Tomei plays Ruby Weaver, a co-dependent telephone directory operator who seems to attract an endless […]