Chris Rock earned his team the first point in a game of charades last night, guessing “Eye of the Tiger” after Jake Cannavale acted out “eye.”
Rock fared worse as the mime. Moving his arms around his chest elicited the guesses “big” and “stomach.” With the clock running down, the comedian and actor passed on “Full Metal Jacket.”
At the Labyrinth Theater Company’s “Celebrity Charades” gala last night, helpers on either side of the stage at Capitale held up the answers to the audience, letting patrons giggle as the players glided or flailed.
Watching nonverbal activities of celebrities was a great antidote to the puffy, confessional speeches of the previous night’s Golden Globes.
In fact, such ceremonies might benefit from charades. What if Oscar presenters had to act out the best-picture nominations?
There were a few such attempts last night. Sam Rockwell snarled and beat his chest presenting the first word of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; his team was so off-base he eventually passed.
Paul Rudd conveyed the third word of his clue was “30” at first producing the guess “This is 30” (Rudd stars in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40”), before Richard Kind correctly guessed “Zero Dark Thirty.”
And Kind did a perfectly decent mime of eating pie, though his team missed the point: “Life of Pi.”
Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen pretended to slit her throat, leading her team quickly to “Murder, She Wrote.” Designer Cynthia Rowley mimed swinging a bat, on her way to helping her team win a point with “The Empire Strikes Back.” Another Rowley highlight was moonwalking through miming “Thriller.”
Labyrinth’s board chairman, Jeff Horwitz, head of Proskauer Rose LLP’s private-equity real-estate practice, proved a solid point earner on the answers “Golden Boy,” “New Girl,” and many others.
Horwitz several years ago was asked to be chairman by Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the 131 members of the company, who happens to be directing a Lab production this spring.
“The board isn’t choosing the path,” Horwitz said in an interview. “We’re along for the ride. We exist to make sure there’s a platform. Our job is to protect the artists.”
Horwitz attends the Summer Intensive, where plays are read and developed, and from which the company’s slate is chosen. The organization runs with about a $1 million annual budget, 75 percent of which comes from contributions, the rest from earned income, said Danny Feldman, Labyrinth’s managing director, in an interview.
BNY Mellon and watchmaker Raymond Weil are supporters of the company, and have their parts to play in the charades. Raymond Weil provided the official clock for the competition. BNY Wealth Management’s president of U.S. markets, tri-state, Doris Meister, said she plays charades with her nine-year-old twins.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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