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  • Joseph Bologna, 'My Favorite Year' Actor and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Dies at 82

    08/14/2017 8:05:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 13, 2017 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Bologna, an actor, playwright and screenwriter who was so memorable as the egotistical King Kaiser in the 1982 comedy classic My Favorite Year, has died. He was 82. Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, said his wife of 52 years, actress and screenwriter Renee Taylor. Bologna received an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay, shared with his wife and David Zelag Goodman, for his work on Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). The couple had first written it for Broadway in a 1968 production directed by...
  • Cue the Protests: Philly Theater Company to Stage Musical Comedy About Abortion

    07/08/2017 7:49:31 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | 7/05/17 | By Victor Fiorillo
    Normally, when we get a press release from a local theater company about its latest work, the press release includes, you know, the name of the play. But Philly theater company Lightning Rod Special bucked that trend this week went they sent us a notice announcing its musical comedy about abortion, which debuts in August at the Painted Bride. “We were going with ‘Fetus Chorus,’” explains co-creator Alice Yorke, pictured below. “But there were a lot of mixed feelings about it. The best comment we got was, ‘I understand you want to provoke your audience, but do you want to...
  • Hillary’s Visit To A Broadway Show Earned Her A Standing Ovation In Time For Independence Day

    07/04/2017 11:36:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    UPROXX ^ | July 4, 2017 | Andrew Roberts
    Hillary Clinton received a reaction that Mike Pence was likely hoping for when he ventured out to see Hamilton shortly after the 2016 election. Instead of a lecture from the stage and boos from those in attendance, Clinton was given a standing ovation by the crowd that made it seem more like a political rally than a theater performance. The former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate attended the Tony award-winning play Oslo on Sunday — telling the story of the Oslo Middle East Peace Accords that saw “back-channel” negotiations that eased tensions between Israel and Palestine in the...
  • Michael Moore Gives Huge Donation To Theater Depicting Trump’s Assassination

    06/28/2017 5:15:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/17 | Katie Jerkovich
    Michael Moore stepped up his attacks on President Donald Trump with a donation of $10,000 to the New York City Public Theater that produced the adaption of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” depicting the assassination of a Donald Trump-like character “Right-wing media attacked free showings of Julius Caesar cause they said tone was ‘anti-Trump,'” the 63-year-old filmmaker tweeted Tuesday to his 4.92 million followers. “So Bank of America & Delta dropped funding,” he added before tweeting, “So here’s my donation & sponsorship to The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in support of their right to free speech.” He included a photo of...
  • Why Broadway's '1984' Audiences Are Fainting, Vomiting and Getting Arrested

    06/25/2017 7:16:41 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 25, 2017 | Ashley Lee
    Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney star in the bold staging of George Orwell’s dystopian novel. The play 1984 is not for the average theatergoer. Adapting George Orwell’s dystopian novel — set in a future when critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian regime, ostensibly overseen by a party leader known as Big Brother — the new Broadway staging includes special effects like strobe lights and jackhammer sound effects, in addition to the plot’s extreme torture scenes. Throughout the London transfer’s previews, attendees have fainted, thrown up and screamed at the actors from their seats. After one performance, some...
  • Protesters Interrupt Trump-Inspired 'Julius Caesar' Theater Production

    06/16/2017 8:23:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 16, 2017 | Jennifer Konerman
    The production was accused of promoting violence against the right as the contemporary take includes a bloody assassination of the main character modeled after the president. Two protesters interrupted a controversial production of Julius Caesar on Friday, which features a Trump-like character in the role of Caesar, currently being put on by New York's Public Theater. "Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable," one protester yelled as she walked toward the stage, according to video she posted to Periscope. Security was called as the second protester yelled at the crowd, calling them "Nazis" and accusing...
  • 'Expletive!' Broadway bleater Patti LuPone unloads on President Trump

    06/15/2017 3:55:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Metro ^ | June 15, 2017 | Michael Martin
    The legendary star of musicals 'Evita', 'Sweeney Todd' and 'War Paint' plays to the cheap seats with a loud assessment of the president. Patti LuPone has been heard and understood. The Broadway legend has been venerated for her wall-rattling belt and criticized for her often-unintelligible diction. But there was no mistaking what she said on the Tony Awards red carpet Sunday, when didn't hold back about her feelings for President Trump. The Tony-winning star of "Sweeney Todd" and "Evita," who is currently appearing in "War Paint," was being interviewed by a TV reporter for “Variety.” He asked, "Why should President...
  • Join Me: Contact "The Public Theater" for Brazen Portrayal of Slaying of the POTUS Trump.

    06/13/2017 7:36:32 AM PDT · by johnk · 35 replies
    6/13/2017 | Self
    Please join me and contacting "The Public Theater" of NYC and voicing our opinions of their latest disgraceful, treasonous play. This modern day adaptation substitutes President of the United States Donald Trump for Julius Caesar. The distinguished POTUS is then knifed down on stage to cheers from the brainwashed maniacs who actually pay to see these sodomites frolic around like fairies. Here are the contacts from their website: https://www.publictheater.org/Contact-Us/ By Phone General Info: 212.539.8500 Members and Summer Supporters: 212.967.7555 Partners: 212.539.8734 Taub Box Office: 212.967.7555 (10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mon. - Sat., 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sun.) *The...
  • A NOTE ABOUT JULIUS CAESAR AT THE DELACORTE

    06/12/2017 4:23:53 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 40 replies
    self ^ | 6/12/17 | Delacourt
    A NOTE ABOUT JULIUS CAESAR AT THE DELACORTE The Public Theater stands completely behind our production of Julius Caesar. We understand and respect the right of our sponsors and supporters to allocate their funding in line with their own values. We recognize that our interpretation of the play has provoked heated discussion; audiences, sponsors and supporters have expressed varying viewpoints and opinions. Such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theater; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy. Our production of Julius Caesar in no way advocates violence towards anyone. Shakespeare's play, and our production, make the...
  • Is America starting to tire of Trump assassination porn?

    06/12/2017 1:10:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2017 | Jazz Shaw and The Associated Press
    Remember how well Kathy Griffin’s little “prank” where she symbolically decapitated the President went over? Oh, man. What a hoot. She’s a real cut-up, isn’t she? (Er… sorry.) Rather than being embraced by the Left in a unified block, nearly everyone turned on her and declared that we didn’t need that sort of thing in our national discussion. Even CNN cut her loose, and corporate sponsors quickly moved away from any projects with her name associated with it. Well now we may have the next example of this phenomenon. A performing arts group known as The Public Theater, based in...
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome Spirals Out of Control with Sick Performance of Trumpian Julius Caesar

    06/06/2017 7:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2017 | Debra Heine
    Trump Derangement Syndrome continues to spin out of control within certain segments of society, and offenders seem unable to recognize when a line has been crossed. The Public Theater's rendition of Julius Caesar in New York City is a prime example of the phenomenon. This version of Shakespeare’s tragedy features a Caesar who bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump, complete with his trademark orange hair, business suit, and long red (or blue) necktie. True to the original play, the rash populist Caesar ends up being assassinated on the Senate floor by a group of conspirators — including his...
  • DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants

    12/18/2014 8:11:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 49 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Five commando units trained for strikes, sabotage North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report. The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country. According to the report, the “Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants.” The document states that the North Korean Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, the ministry in charge of the military, “established...
  • “Popcorn” Shooting: Don’t Frighten an Old Man

    03/16/2017 6:11:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Video of Theater Shooting link On January 13, 2014, a retired police officer, Curtis Reeves, and his wife were preparing to watch “Lone Survivor” in a theater in the unincorporated area of Wesley Chapel, part of the Tampa Bay Florida metro complex.Directly in front of the retired officer and his wife were another couple, Chad Oulson and his wife.Reeves and Chad got into a dispute after Reeves asked Chad to stop using his cell phone during previews.The case has been characterized as a retired police officer shooting someone who threw popcorn at him.  I was surprised to see the reality...
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • Taxpayer-Funded Play Imagines Going Back in Time to Assassinate Christopher Columbus

    12/16/2016 5:43:31 AM PST · by kevcol · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 16, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts is helping fund the production of a play about going back in time to kill Christopher Columbus. The agency recently awarded $10,000 to the Borderlands Theater, which views people living near or on the U.S. border as “citizens of the world,” for the production entitled “Shooting Columbus.” “A collaborative effort between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Arizona artists will combine elements from interviews with tribal elders and community members with movement, media, and traditional theater for a site-based, immersive, interactive performance,” according to a grant for the project. “The guest artists are members of the Shooting...
  • What if the Hamilton Casting Trend Catches On? (A Black Aaron Burr and others...)

    11/24/2016 7:47:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2016 | By Simon de Hundehutte
    Michelle Obama's bold exclamation that her husband was going to "change our traditions, our history," is perhaps what helped the Broadway musical Hamilton ring such happy notes into the ears of audiences and critics alike. I mean, does it really matter that in real life Aaron Burr wasn't dark-skinned, or that Alexander Hamilton wasn't Puerto Rican, or that other "old white guys" weren't really white? And now, with the musical's tremendous success, what if the trend to play against type and to turn history and truth on its ear were to continue? Three ideas are being offered here (and perhaps...
  • Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Booed as He Walks into Broadway Theater to Watch 'Hamilton'

    11/18/2016 8:53:08 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 68 replies
    NBC New York ^ | November 18. 2016
    Vice president-elect Mike Pence was loudly booed by audience members as he walked into the Richard Rodgers Theatre in midtown Friday to watch "Hamilton." Video posted to social media shows the audience at the Broadway show both loudly clapping and booing as Pence walked into the theater with Secret Service in tow. "Here's Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton, tweeted an audience member who captured the loud reaction on video. "Everything was calm and then we heard almost a hysterical booing, went on for a long time," Ron Rawlings, who was visiting from Dallas, Texas,...
  • 'Tuck Everlasting' Author Natalie Babbitt Dies at 84

    11/01/2016 12:15:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Natalie Babbitt, author of the beloved children's novel Tuck Everlasting, has died after battling cancer. She was 84. Babbitt, who also was an illustrator, had been diagnosed with lung cancer recently and died at her home in Hamden, Conn., on Monday, said her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt.
  • Tammy Grimes, the Original 'Unsinkable Molly Brown,' Dies at 82

    11/01/2016 11:11:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 31, 2016 | Anita Gates
    Tammy Grimes, the throaty actress and singer who conquered Broadway at the age of 26, winning a Tony Award for her performance in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and went on to a distinguished stage career, died on Sunday in Englewood, N.J. She was 82... Ms. Grimes made films, including "Play It as It Lays," "The Last Unicorn" and "Slaves of New York," and appeared in dozens of television movies and series (including her own short-lived sitcom, "The Tammy Grimes Show," in 1966). But the starring role in the film version of "Molly Brown" (1964) went to Debbie Reynolds, who had...
  • Anne Jackson, Stage Star With Her Husband, Eli Wallach, Dies at 90

    04/14/2016 10:02:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 13, 2016 | Robert D. McFadden
    Anne Jackson, a distinguished star of the stage who was half of one of America’s best-known acting couples, sharing much of a long and distinguished career with her husband, Eli Wallach, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Katherine Wallach. If not quite on the same level of stardom as Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne or Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Ms. Jackson and Mr. Wallach came close. From the early 1950s to 2000, when they starred Off Broadway in Anne Meara’s comedy “Down the Garden Paths,” they captivated...