Colin Firth is—and will always be—Mr. Darcy. But one does have to move beyond the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, albeit reluctantly.
Archives for November 2011
Equivocation is a six-course meal of a play, not turkey and stuffing but some rarer and darker bird, with sides of squashed hopes, whipped religious feelings and humiliation pie – and yet, somehow, leavened with a yeasty and salty wit.
Set aside a month or two to absorb this book. It isn’t that it is extremely lengthy, its just 350 pages measuring 9″ by 12″. But most pages should be viewed and contemplated as a separate experience. If you rush through you will miss a great deal as the magic of a Hirschfeld drawing is […]
At the opening of the third production in Synetic Theater Company’s Silent Shakespeare Theater Festival ‘Speak No More’ I thought to myself, how can they top the muscular, driving ambition of their Macbeth? Or the sinuous, mind-blowing staged metaphor of the central spine of Othello (Never has jealousy been made so seductive or so evil.) […]
Theatre lovers haven’t been left out of the cyber super sales weekend.
Synetic’s distinct style of telling stories through movement, fabric and mime is all over this touching and effective Native American tale of a young girl scarred by fire, who develops her own sense of self worth and beauty. The tale focuses on two sisters making their way through life dealing with tragedy, unexpected twists, unanticipated […]
Telling the truth – then and now. An interview with the author of Equivocation Equivocation, opening next Monday at Arena Stage, is an unusual play and its author is an unusual playwright. In the play, Robert Cecil, spymaster to King James I, commissions William Shakespeare – here known familiarly as “Shag” – to write a […]
The earlier and earlier onset of the holiday season, marked by 24-7 Christmas radio and Santa greeting you at CVS in early November, is enough to drive a sane person underground until December 26th. However, despite the onerous onset of “Christmas Creep”, the yearly retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol somehow never goes out of […]
The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut is to be commended for unearthing City of Angels, a 1989 hit Broadway musical that is rarely done. It’s a very different sort of musical, with a jazzy score by Cy Coleman who has said: “I wanted to present real jazz as opposed to pastiche or the […]
For many young men in our favorite dramas, self-discovery means finding a way out from under the shadow of the father. But when strong, silent Dad shifts from the shadows to center stage, we get to climb the branches of the family tree that are less frequently grasped.
“Here. Feel these. I don’t know how women do it,” says Robert Aubry Davis, offering me a squeeze of his size 54 EEE breasts—each one roughly the pendulous shape and heft of a Hubbard squash, but actually fashioned from bags of millet.
There’s one crucial component of film stars that separates them from theater actors: eternal preservation, the simple fact that a winking, luminous Marilyn Monroe in her white dress in 1954’s “The Seven Year Itch” would remain that way, sexy yet innocent, in 2011.