Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire. It was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the play premiered on Broadway in 2006, it has been produced by regional theatres in cities such as Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. The play had its Spanish language premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Autumn of 2010; the play deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, includes comedy as well as tragedy. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca in the New York production, the play was nominated for several other Tony awards. Becca—Howie's wife in her late thirties, she is a responsible and sensible person, but makes some rash decisions throughout the play because of grief. Howie accuses her of subconsciously trying to "erase" Danny by selling the house, packing up his artwork, getting rid of their dog erasing the most recent home video of Danny. Izzy—Becca's irresponsible but well-wishing sister.
She in a relationship with Auggie. She is pregnant throughout the duration of the play. Tension is created as Becca's mourning for her lost child lingers, she is suspicious of Izzy's ability to raise her own. Howie—Becca's husband in his late thirties, he is caring, but has a hard time dealing with Danny's death, which causes him to be angry and depressed, though he hides it as much as possible. He obsessively watches home movies of Danny and thinks that the best way to move on is to try for another child, he attends group grief counseling meetings. It is implied, he does not want to meet with Jason. Nat—Izzy and Becca's mother, she is the voice of reason for her daughters. She helps Howie and Becca in the moving process, provides motherly experience to Becca, her son, a heroin addict, hanged himself at the age of 30. Becca, does not want to hear this, as she feels that the deaths are not comparable, she realizes that her mother has gone through this as well, accepts the comfort. Jason Willette—17-year-old boy who accidentally hit Danny with his car, leading to Danny's death.
He lives with his mom. He enjoys science fiction and writes a story about wormholes to other dimensions in Danny's memory, which he publishes in the school's literary magazine, he sends this story to Howie. He shows up at the open house, wanting to talk to Howie and Becca. Howie chases him away, but he meets with Becca, he blames himself for Danny's death. Danny—Killed at age 4. Son of Becca and Howie. Heard on a video Howie watches at night, he is on a beach in the video. Taz—Dog whom Danny followed into the street, he is heard barking on multiple occasions. Becca doesn't want him. Rick and Debbie—friends of Becca and Howie who have a daughter, Danny's age. Debbie avoids Becca after the accident. Reema—Izzy's friend, a waitress at Calderone's, she sees Howie there with a woman, revealed to be a woman from his grief counseling. Auggie—Izzy's boyfriend and baby's father, he had a girlfriend. Rabbit Hole premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theatre Club production on January 12, 2006 in previews on February 2, 2006 and closed on April 9, 2006 after 77 performances.
Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the cast featured Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Tyne Daly, John Gallagher, Jr. and Mary Catherine Garrison. While John Gallagher, Jr. was in this show, he was in rehearsals for Spring Awakening. The play was commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa and first presented at its Pacific Playwrights Festival reading series in 2005; the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 2007. The play received five 2006 Tony Award nominations: for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and Best Scenic Design of a Play. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play; the Spanish version Los universos paralelos premiered at the Teatro Palacio Valdés de Avilés on 17 March 2017. The production moved to the Teatro Español in Madrid from 20 de September to 15 de October 2017, it starred Malena Alterio, Daniel Grao, Carmen Balagué, Belén Cuesta and Itzan Escamilla and was directed by David Serrano.
In 2018 the company toured around Spain visiting cities such as Vigo, Gijón, Roquetas de Mar, San Sebastián, Ponferrada, León, Aranda de Duero among several others. The movie adaptation, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, received a limited theatrical release in December 2010. Nicole Kidman stars as Becca Corbett, the character played by Nixon, she is credited as producer of the film. Aaron Eckhart plays Howie Corbett. Other cast members include Tammy Blanchard, Giancarlo Esposito and Sandra Oh. AwardsPulitzer Prize for Drama Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play – Cynthia NixonNominationsTony Award for Best Play Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play - Cynthia Nixon Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Tyne Daly Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Daniel Sullivan Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play – John Lee Beatty Rabbit Hole at the Internet Broadway Database New York Times review, February 3, 2006 New York Times review, September 12, 2008
A premiere or première is the debut of a play, dance, or musical composition. A work will have many premières: a world première and its first presentation in each country; when a work originates in a country that speaks a different language from that in which it is receiving its national or international première, it is possible to have two premières for the same work in the same country—for example, the play The Maids by the French dramatist Jean Genet received its British première in 1952, in a production given in the French language. Four years it was staged again, this time in English, its English-language première in Britain. Raymond F. Betts attributes the introduction of the film premiere to showman Sid Grauman, who founded Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Season premiere Film festival Film release Television pilot Media related to Premieres at Wikimedia Commons
Aaron Edward Eckhart is an American actor. Born in Cupertino, Eckhart moved to England at age 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years he began his acting career by performing in school plays, before moving to Australia for his high school senior year, he left high school without graduating, but earned a diploma through an adult education course, graduated from Brigham Young University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film. For much of the mid-1990s, he lived in New York City as a unemployed actor; as an undergraduate at BYU, Eckhart met director and writer Neil LaBute, who cast him in several of his own original plays. Five years Eckhart made a debut as an unctuous, sociopathic ladies' man in LaBute's black comedy film In the Company of Men. Under LaBute's guidance he worked in the director's films Your Friends & Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession. Eckhart gained wide recognition as George in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed film Erin Brockovich, and, in 2006, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Nick Naylor in Thank You for Smoking.
Another mainstream breakout occurred in 2008 when he starred in the blockbuster Batman film The Dark Knight as District Attorney Harvey Dent. Other key roles include The Pledge, The Core, Rabbit Hole, Battle: Los Angeles, Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London Has Fallen, I, Sully. Was born on March 12, 1968, in Cupertino, the son of Mary Martha Eckhart, a writer and poet, James Conrad Eckhart, a computer executive, he is the youngest of three brothers. His father is of German-Russian descent, while his mother has English, Scots-Irish, Scottish ancestry, he was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served a two-year mission in France and Switzerland. Eckhart's family relocated to England following his father's job in information technology; the family moved around Surrey, living in towns such as Cobham and Walton-on-Thames. While living in England, Eckhart attended American Community School, where he was first introduced to acting, starring in a school production as Charlie Brown.
In 1985, Eckhart moved to Australia and settled in Sydney, where he attended American International School of Sydney for his high school senior year. In the autumn of his senior year, Eckhart left school to take a job at the Warringah Mall movie theater, he earned his diploma through an adult education course. This allowed Eckhart time to enjoy a year of surfing in Hawaii and France, as well as skiing in the Alps. In 1988, Eckhart returned to the United States and enrolled as a film major at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, but transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While at Brigham Young University, Eckhart appeared in the Mormon-themed film Godly Sorrow, the role marked his professional debut. At this time he met director/writer Neil LaBute. After graduating from BYU, Eckhart moved to New York City, acquired an agent, took various occasional jobs, including bartending, bus driving, construction work, his first television roles were in commercials.
In 1994, he appeared as an extra on the television drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Eckhart followed this small part with roles in documentary re-enactments, made-for-television movies, short-lived programs like Aliens in the Family. In 1997, Eckhart was approached by Neil LaBute to star in a film adaptation of LaBute's stage play In the Company of Men, he played a frustrated white-collar worker who planned to woo a deaf office worker, gain her affections suddenly dump her. The film, his first feature to reach theaters, was critically well received, with Desson Howe of The Washington Post reporting that Eckhart is the "movie's most malignant presence" and that he "is in chilling command as a sort of satanic prince in shirtsleeves". In the Company of Men was a critical success, winning Best First Film at the 63rd annual New York Film Critics Circle Award, his performance won him the Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Debut Performance. The film was ranked as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies" by Premiere magazine.
The following year Eckhart starred in another LaBute feature, Your Friends & Neighbors, as Barry, a sexually frustrated husband in a dysfunctional marriage. For the role Eckhart was required to gain weight. In 1999, he starred opposite Elisabeth Shue in Molly, a romantic comedy-drama in which he played the self-absorbed brother of an autistic woman, cured by surgery. Eckhart starred that year as a football coach, an offensive coordinator in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday. Eckhart first gained wide exposure in 2000 as George, a ponytailed, goateed biker, in Steven Soderbergh's drama Erin Brockovich; the film was met with reasonable reviews, was a box office success, earning $256 million worldwide. His performance was well received by critics. In an August 2004 interview, Eckhart claimed that he had not worked for nearly a year before he was cast in the movie. "I felt. I had nine months off. Sure, I didn't ear
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is an American actor and director. He has played Gus Fring on the AMC shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, a role for which he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards and was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, he has appeared in Spike Lee films such as Do School Daze and Mo' Better Blues. His feature film appearances include Fresh, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, The Usual Suspects and King of New York, he has played Tom Neville in the NBC series Revolution and Sidney Glass / Magic Mirror on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He has had roles in two Netflix original series: The Get Down, wherein he portrays Pastor Ramon Cruz, Dear White People, which he narrates, he voiced "The Dentist" in the video game Payday 2. Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen, the son of Giovanni Esposito, an Italian stagehand and carpenter from Naples, Elizabeth Foster, an African American opera and nightclub singer from Alabama.
Esposito was raised in Denmark until the age of 6, when his family settled in New York. He attended Elizabeth Seton College in New York and earned a two-year degree in radio and television communications. Esposito made his Broadway debut at age 8 playing a slave child opposite Shirley Jones in the short-lived musical Maggie Flynn, set during the New York Draft Riots of 1863. During the 1980s, Esposito appeared in films such as Taps, Maximum Overdrive, King of New York, Trading Places, he performed in TV shows such as Miami Vice and Spenser: For Hire. He played J. C. Pierce, a cadet in the 1981 movie Taps. In 1988 he landed his breakout role as the leader of the black fraternity "Gamma Phi Gamma" in director Spike Lee's film School Daze, exploring color relations at black colleges. Over the next four years and Lee collaborated on three other movies: Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X. During the 1990s Esposito appeared in the acclaimed indie films Night on Earth and Smoke, as well as its sequel Blue in the Face.
He appeared in the mainstream film Reckless with Mia Farrow, Waiting to Exhale starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Esposito played FBI agent Mike Giardello on the TV crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street; that role drew from both his African Italian ancestry. He played this character during the show's final season. Mike's estranged father, shift lieutenant Al Giardello, is portrayed as subject to racism, something Esposito's character practiced in School Daze. Another multiracial role was as Sergeant Paul Gigante in the television comedy series, Bakersfield P. D.. In 1997 Esposito played the film roles of Darryl in Trouble on the Corner and Charlie Dunt in Nothing to Lose. Other TV credits include NYPD Blue, Law & Order, The Practice, New York Undercover, Fallen Angels: Fearless. Esposito has portrayed drug dealers, political radicals, a demonic version of the Greek God of Sleep Hypnos from another dimension. In 2001, he played Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. in Ali, Miguel Algarín, friend and collaborator of Nuyorican poet Miguel Piñero, in Piñero.
In 2006 Esposito starred in Last Holiday as Senator Dillings, alongside Queen Latifah and Timothy Hutton. In 2006, he played an unsympathetic detective named Esposito in the 2005 film Hate Crime; the film explores homophobia. Esposito played Robert Fuentes, a Miami businessman with shady connections, on the UPN television series South Beach, he has appeared in CSI: Miami. In Feel the Noise, he played ex-musician Roberto, the Puerto Rican father of Omarion Grandberry's character, aspiring rap star "Rob", he made his directorial debut with Gospel Hill. New York theatre credits for Esposito include The Me Nobody Knows, Lost in the Stars and Merrily We Roll Along. In 2008 he appeared on Broadway as Gooper in an African American production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard. From 2009 to 2011, Esposito appeared in seasons 2 through 4 of the AMC drama Breaking Bad, as Gus Fring, the head of a New Mexico-based methamphetamine drug ring.
In the fourth season, he was the show's primary antagonist. He received critical acclaim for this role, he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards and was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, but lost to co-star Aaron Paul. He appeared in the film Rabbit Hole. Esposito appeared in the first season of the ABC program Once Upon a Time, which debuted in October 2011, he portrayed the split role of Sidney, a reporter for The Daily Mirror in the town of Storybrooke, the Magic Mirror, possessed by The Evil Queen in a parallel fairy tale world. Esposito appeared in Revolution as Major Tom Neville, a central character who kills Ben Matheson in the pilot, he escorts a captured Danny to the capital Philadelphia of the Monroe Republic. Esposito appeared in Community as a guest star for the episode entitled "Digital Estate Planning", he performed again in the fourth season, in the episode titled "Paranormal Parentage".
Esposito has additionally appeared in a video of the action role-playing sci-fi first-person shoo
Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences. While many cultures have developed forms that provoke this paradoxical response, the term tragedy refers to a specific tradition of drama that has played a unique and important role in the self-definition of Western civilisation; that tradition has been multiple and discontinuous, yet the term has been used to invoke a powerful effect of cultural identity and historical continuity—"the Greeks and the Elizabethans, in one cultural form. From its origins in the theatre of ancient Greece 2500 years ago, from which there survives only a fraction of the work of Aeschylus and Euripides, as well as a large number of fragments from other poets. A long line of philosophers—which includes Plato, Saint Augustine, Hume, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Freud, Camus and Deleuze—have analysed, speculated upon, criticised the genre. In the wake of Aristotle's Poetics, tragedy has been used to make genre distinctions, whether at the scale of poetry in general or at the scale of the drama.
In the modern era, tragedy has been defined against drama, the tragicomic, epic theatre. Drama, in the narrow sense, cuts across the traditional division between comedy and tragedy in an anti- or a-generic deterritorialisation from the mid-19th century onwards. Both Bertolt Brecht and Augusto Boal define their epic theatre projects against models of tragedy. Taxidou, reads epic theatre as an incorporation of tragic functions and its treatments of mourning and speculation; the word "tragedy" appears to have been used to describe different phenomena at different times. It derives from Classical Greek τραγῳδία, contracted from trag-aoidiā = "goat song", which comes from tragos = "he-goat" and aeidein = "to sing". Scholars suspect this may be traced to a time when a goat was either the prize in a competition of choral dancing or was that around which a chorus danced prior to the animal's ritual sacrifice. In another view on the etymology, Athenaeus of Naucratis says that the original form of the word was trygodia from trygos and ode, because those events were first introduced during grape harvest.
Writing in 335 BCE, Aristotle provides the earliest-surviving explanation for the origin of the dramatic art form in his Poetics, in which he argues that tragedy developed from the improvisations of the leader of choral dithyrambs: Anyway, arising from an improvisatory beginning, grew little by little, as developed whatever of it had appeared. In the same work, Aristotle attempts to provide a scholastic definition of what tragedy is: Tragedy is an enactment of a deed, important and complete, of magnitude, by means of language enriched, each used separately in the different parts: it is enacted, not recited, through pity and fear it effects relief to such emotions. There is some dissent to the dithyrambic origins of tragedy based on the differences between the shapes of their choruses and styles of dancing. A common descent from pre-Hellenic fertility and burial rites has been suggested. Friedrich Nietzsche discussed the origins of Greek tragedy in his early book The Birth of Tragedy. Here, he suggests the name originates in the use of a chorus of goat-like satyrs in the original dithyrambs from which the tragic genre developed.
Scott Scullion writes: There is abundant evidence for tragoidia understood as "song for the prize goat". The best-known evidence is Horace, Ars poetica 220-24. Athenian tragedy—the oldest surviving form of tragedy—is a type of dance-drama that formed an important part of the theatrical culture of the city-state. Having emerged sometime during the 6th century BCE, it flowered during the 5th century BCE, continued to be popular until the beginning of the Hellenistic period. No tragedies from the 6th century and only 32 of the more than a thousand that were performed in the 5th century have survived. We have complete texts extant by Aeschylus and Euripides. Athenian tragedies
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter is an American digital and print magazine, website, which focuses on the Hollywood film and entertainment industries. It was founded in 1930 as a daily trade paper, in 2010 switched to a weekly large-format print magazine with a revamped website. Headquartered in Los Angeles, THR is part of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a group of properties that includes Billboard and SpinMedia, it is owned by Valence Media, a holding company co-founded by Todd Boehly, an executive of its previous owners, Guggenheim Partners and Eldridge Industries. THR was founded in 1930 by William R. "Billy" Wilkerson as Hollywood's first daily entertainment trade newspaper. The first edition appeared on September 3, 1930 and featured Wilkerson's front-page "Tradeviews" column, which became influential; the newspaper appeared Monday to Saturday for the first 10 years, except for a brief period Monday to Friday from 1940. Wilkerson ran the THR until his death in September 1962, although his final column appeared 18 months prior.
Wilkerson's wife, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, took over as publisher and editor-in-chief when her husband died. From the late 1930s, Wilkerson used THR to push the view that the industry was a communist stronghold. In particular, he opposed the screenplay writers' trade union, the Screen Writers Guild, which he called the "Red Beachhead." In 1946 the Guild considered creating an American Authors' Authority to hold copyright for writers, instead of ownership passing to the studios. Wilkerson devoted his "Tradeviews" column to the issue on July 29, 1946, headlined "A Vote for Joe Stalin." He went to confession before publishing it, knowing the damage it would cause, but was encouraged by the priest to go ahead with it. The column contained the first industry names, including Dalton Trumbo and Howard Koch, on what became the Hollywood blacklist, known as "Billy's list." Eight of the 11 people Wilkerson named were among the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted after hearings in 1947 by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
When Wilkerson died, his THR obituary said that he had "named names and card numbers and was credited with being chiefly responsible for preventing communists from becoming entrenched in Hollywood production."In 1997, THR reporter David Robb wrote a story about the newspaper's involvement, but the editor, Robert J. Dowling, declined to run it. For the blacklist's 65th anniversary in 2012, the THR published a lengthy investigative piece about Wilkerson's role, by reporters Gary Baum and Daniel Miller; the same edition carried an apology from Wilkerson's son W. R. Wilkerson III, he wrote. On April 11, 1988, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel sold the paper to BPI Communications, owned by Affiliated Publications, for $26.7 million. Robert J. Dowling became THR president in 1988, editor-in-chief and publisher in 1991. Dowling hired Alex Ben Block as editor in 1990. Block and Teri Ritzer dampened much of the sensationalism and cronyism, prominent in the paper under the Wilkersons. In 1994, BPI Communications was sold to Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen for $220 million.
After Block left, former Variety film editor, Anita Busch, became editor between 1999 and 2001. Busch was credited with making the paper competitive with Variety. Tony Uphoff assumed the publisher position in November 2005. In March 2006, a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and KKR, both with ties to the conservative movement in the United States, acquired THR along with the other assets of VNU, it joined those publications with AdWeek and A. C. Nielsen to form The Nielsen Company. In December 2009, Prometheus Global Media, a newly formed company formed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, chaired by Jimmy Finkelstein, CEO of News Communications, parent of political journal The Hill, acquired THR from Nielsen Business Media, it pledged to grow the company. Richard Beckman of Condé Nast, was appointed as CEO. In 2010, Beckman purchased THR from Guggenheim Partners and Pluribus Capital, recruited Janice Min, the former editor-in-chief of Us Weekly, to "eviscerate" the existing daily trade paper and reinvent it as a glossy, large-format weekly magazine.
The Hollywood Reporter relaunched with a weekly print edition and a revamped website that enabled it to break news. Eight months after its initial report, The New York Times took note of the many scoops THR had generated, adding that the new glossy format seemed to be succeeding with its "rarefied demographic", stating, "They managed to change the subject by going weekly... The large photos, lush paper stock and great design are a kind of narcotic here."By February 2013, the Times returned to THR, filing a report on a party for Academy Award nominees the magazine had hosted at the Los Angeles restaurant Spago. Noting the crowd of top celebrities in attendance, the Times alluded to the fact that many Hollywood insiders were now referring to THR as "the new Vanity Fair". Ad sales since Min's hiring were up more than 50%, while traffic to the magazine's website had grown by 800%. Since January 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has been led by co-presidents Janice John Amato. John Kilcullen replaced Uphoff in October 2006, as publisher of Billboard.
Kilcullen was a defendant in Billboard's infamous "dildo" lawsuit, in which he was accused of race discrimination and sexual harassment. VNU settled the suit on the courthouse steps. Kilcullen "exited" Nielsen in February 2008 "to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur." Matthew King, vice president for content and audience, editorial director Howard Burns, executive editor Peter Pryor left the paper in a wave of layoffs in December 2006.
Sandra Miju Oh is a Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Cristina Yang on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy, who she played from 2005 to 2014; the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, six Primetime Emmy Award nominations, Oh became the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the first Asian woman to win two Golden Globes. Her other television credits include Judging Amy, The Proud Family, Shitty Boyfriends and American Crime as well as voice roles on American Dad!, American Dragon: Jake Long and Phineas and Ferb. Oh has played notable roles in the British-American feature film Bean, American feature films Last Night, The Princess Diaries, Under the Tuscan Sun, Wilby Wonderful, Haters, Hard Candy, The Night Listener, Rabbit Hole, Catfight, she has starred in the Asian Canadian films Double Happiness, The Diary of Evelyn Lau, Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity and Meditation Park.
She has won two Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Last Night and Double Happiness. She has won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her role in The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Oh hosted the 28th Genie Awards on March 3, 2008, became the first Asian woman to host the Golden Globe Awards when she hosted the 76th ceremony in 2019, she gained U. S. citizenship in 2018, in March 2019, Oh became the third Asian American woman to host Saturday Night Live from New York, after Lucy Liu in 2000 and Awkwafina in 2018. Oh was born on July 20, 1971, in the Nepean suburb of Ottawa, to middle-class Korean immigrant parents Oh Junsu and Jeon Young-nam, who had moved to Canada in the early 1960s, her father is her mother a biochemist. She has a brother, a sister and grew up in a Christian household, living on Camwood Crescent in Nepean, where she began acting and ballet at the early age of four to correct her "pigeon-toed stance".
Growing up, Oh was one of the few youths of Asian ancestry in Nepean. At the age of 10, she played The Wizard of Woe in The Canada Goose. At Sir Robert Borden High School, she founded the environmental club BASE, leading a campaign against the use of styrofoam cups. While in high school, she was elected student council president, she played the flute and continued both her ballet training and acting studies, though she knew that she "was not good enough to be a professional dancer" and focused on acting. She took drama classes, acted in school plays, joined the drama club, where she took part in the Canadian Improv Games and Skit Row High, a comedy group. Against her parents' advice, she rejected a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University to study drama at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, paying her own way. Oh told her parents that she would try acting for a few years, if that failed, return to university. Reflecting on forgoing university, Oh said, "I'm the only person in my family who doesn't have a master's in something."Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1993, she starred in a London, Ontario stage production of David Mamet's Oleanna.
Around the same time, she won roles in biographical TV films of two significant female Chinese-Canadians: as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in The Diary of Evelyn Lau, where she won the role over more than 1,000 others who auditioned. Oh came to prominence in Canada for her lead performance in the Canadian film Double Happiness, playing Jade Li, a twenty-something Chinese-Canadian woman negotiating her wishes and those of her parents; the film received critical acclaim, with Roger Ebert praising Oh's "warm performance." Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised her performance, saying: "Ms. Oh's performance makes Jade a smart, spiky heroine you won't soon forget." Oh won the Genie Award for Best Actress for the role. In 1997 she appeared in the film Bean, playing the supporting role of Bernice, the art gallery PR manager, her other Canadian films include Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity and Last Night, for which she again won a Best Actress Genie. She was cast in the drama Dancing at the Blue Iguana, playing a stripper at an adult dance club opposite Daryl Hannah.
The film received. The New York Times review said, "Oh make the most of opportunity to explore the vulnerability below characters' hard-edged surface." The same year, she appeared in the drama Waking the Dead. In 2002, Oh appeared in the family comedy Big Fat Liar, followed by a minor role in Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal. Oh received critical acclaim for her six seasons as Rita Wu, the assistant to the president of a major sports agency, on the HBO series Arliss, receiving a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Cable Ace award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work, she made several guest appearances on the series Popular playing a humanities teacher and guest starred in the television series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Judging Amy, Six Feet Under and Odd Job Jack. In theatre, Oh has starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diana Son's Stop Kiss at