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  • Forever Young

    07/12/2008 7:32:19 AM PDT · by joeystoy · 106+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | July 12, 2008 | J. Martini
    It was an inspiring evening. A very close friend and colleague invited a few intimate buddies to his 80th birthday at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. More than 300 people packed the main banquet room. He has been a great mentor to me, a pioneer in the art of television lighting. Literally a pioneer That term is bandied about, but when Immie started there was no such thing as TV lighting. He was trained in theater, so when he was hired on at ABC in 1950 he told his new boss that he knew nothing about TV lighting....
  • Freeper drzz has seen Indiana Jones 4 - AWFUL

    05/20/2008 11:37:58 PM PDT · by drzz · 80 replies · 406+ views
    le blog drzz ^ | 05 21 2008 | drzz
    Today, at one past midnight, I have seen the latest Indiana Jones movie. Like many among you, I presume, I was a fan of that American raider travelling all over the world to look for treasures. A BIG warning : the latest Indy is absolutely AWFUL. This is the worst thing you can imagine. Actors are nuts, there are so many special effects even when Spielberg said he wouldn't use them, the screeplay is ridiculous. This is a nightmare, and I really encourage fans to boycott it. This is a shame, far away from the original Indiana Jones trilogy. Even...
  • Former Palestinian gunman opens children's theater in Jenin

    01/16/2008 2:58:30 PM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 155+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 16, 2008
    He once carried an assault rifle and planned attacks on Israelis. Now, the retired Palestinian operative breaks up fights between children in a theater that he helped establish in the West Bank town of Jenin. The new role brings Zakariya Zubeidi full circle. As a child he was a founder-member of a children's theater group run by an Israeli woman seeking to promote Jewish-Arab coexistence. As he grew up, he became a gunman during years of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians and rose to become the head of the Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades in his home town. Wanted by Israel...
  • Chairman’s USO Holiday Show Travels Throughout Combat Theater

    12/20/2007 4:15:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 143+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2007 – American Forces Press Service reporter Jim Garamone is traveling with Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen and the holiday United Service Organizations show. Following are three vignettes on the group’s recent experiences. Kid Rock performs at the USO Holiday Tour stop at Logistics Support Area Anaconda, in Balad, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2007. The tour also included seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and comedians Robin Williams and Lewis Black. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Show in the Snow CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan, Dec. 20,...
  • Shot In Boston, With A Cast Of 42, "It's A Wonderful Kwanzaa" (Commie Pig Theater)

    12/16/2007 11:04:48 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies · 589+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 16, 2007 | Rich Fahey
    Shot in Boston, with a cast of 42, it's a wonderful Kwanzaa December 16, 2007 While the Christmas film has been a staple of American cinema since George Bailey discovered it's a wonderful life, the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year, has been around for only about 40 years, and the cinematic pickings are much slimmer. That's why a Boston-based independent filmmaker believes he's breaking new ground with his movie. "Kwanzaa with the Jones's" will have its premiere Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. The film is the...
  • War on the Unexpected

    11/15/2007 9:33:39 AM PST · by hadit2here · 12 replies · 131+ views
    Cryptogram Newsletter ^ | November 15th, 2007 | Bruce Schneier
    The War on the Unexpected We've opened up a new front on the war on terror. It's an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it's a war on different. If you act different, you might find yourself investigated, questioned, and even arrested -- even if you did nothing wrong, and had no intention of doing anything wrong. The problem is a combination of citizen informants and a CYA attitude among police that results in a knee-jerk escalation of reported threats. This isn't the way counterterrorism is supposed to work, but it's happening everywhere. It's a result of our...
  • Fahrenheit 451 Author Ray Bradbury Play Censored by "Undercover" California Official

    10/22/2007 9:05:16 AM PDT · by J. Neil Schulman · 35 replies · 570+ views ^ | October 22, 2007 | J. Neil Schulman
    South Pasadena, California 10/20/2007 - A California “undercover investigator” identifying himself to this reporter as "Agent Egan" entered the Fremont Center Theatre at 8:00 PM curtain time tonight and halted the performance of Pulitzer Prize and National Medal of Arts author Ray Bradbury’s play Dandelion Wine. Bradbury was in attendance awaiting the start of the performance with a theatre full of celebrity guests including The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner.
  • Police Discover, Defuse 'Massive' Explosive Device in West London

    06/29/2007 12:14:31 AM PDT · by AVNevis · 390 replies · 11,624+ views
    Fox News Banner Alert

    05/14/2007 10:34:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 306+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 13, 2007 | DAN KADISON
    May 13, 2007 -- POPE John Paul II had spoken on many stages before, but not until now had the late pontiff preached from the Great White Way. You see, decades before he became his faith’s spiritual father, Pope John Paul II was a Polish actor and dramatist named Karol Wojtyla. Beginning Wednesday and continuing through June 17, the Storm Theatre, a Midtown group founded in 1997, will kick off a monthlong Wojtyla Festival with two of Pope John Paul II’s better-known works, “The Jeweler’s Shop” and “Our God’s Brother.” The second part of the festival will continue in the...
  • Diary reveals Hirohito war doubts

    03/09/2007 12:39:39 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 35 replies · 1,202+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, March 9, 2007 | Steve Jackson
    Did Hirohito play an active part in planning and conducting the war? Japanese emperor Hirohito expressed doubts about going to war with China in the 1930s and 40s, extracts from a diary of one of his advisers reveal. They show Hirohito was afraid the Soviet Union would intervene. The diary by Kuraji Ogura, who worked as a chamberlain to Hirohito in World War II, was found recently and parts have been published in Japan's media. The full text may help solve the debate about how much responsibility the emperor had for Japan's wartime action. South Pacific visit The document...
  • Pretending To Smoke Is Illegal Under (Colorado) State Smoking Ban

    11/01/2006 8:50:13 AM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies · 1,868+ views
    DENVER -- If you are old enough to remember candy cigarettes, they may be what actors have to use in front of Colorado audiences. Even pretending to be a smoker is illegal in the state, if real cigarettes are used as props on stage. Denver District Judge Michael A. Martinez said there is no exemption allowed for Colorado's theater companies to use real cigarettes on stage. The state's indoor smoking ban gets top billing. Theaters seeking the exception said they didn't even want to smoke tobacco, they've been smoking herbal alternatives on stage for years. But the judge says there's...
  • Air Force Theater Hospital doubles surgeries treating Iraqis

    08/14/2006 5:21:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Lt. Col. Bob Thompson
    8/14/2006 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Air Force Theater Hospital records here indicate that in the past year the number of combat-wounded Iraqis is increasing while U.S. casualties seen at the hospital are beginning to decrease. In a strange twist, this means more work for the U.S. Air Force and Army surgeons who performed more than 1,200 surgical procedures in July, nearly doubling April's tally. "Today, the ratio of trauma patients is about 40 percent U.S. and 60 percent Iraqi," said Col. George P. Costanzo, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group commander here. "Eight months ago, the ratio was about...
  • CA: Former head of Polly Klaas theater sentenced for embezzlement (Susan Anton's Ex ,, 8 mos. jail)

    07/12/2006 7:10:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 614+ views
    SANTA ROSA The former head of a theater company named for 12-year-old murder victim Polly Klaas was sentenced to eight months in jail for embezzling thousands of dollars from the group. Promoter Jack Stein, 61, was sentenced Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court for stealing from the theater company from 2003 to 2004 as it was trying to raise money to renovate the Polly Hannah Klaas Performing Arts Theater building. Stein admitted stealing $6,300 as the group was trying raise money to renovate its performance center. But an audit uncovered losses of nearly $30,000, said board President Austin Garner. Stein...
  • Contortionist's act gets police officer bent out of shape

    07/11/2006 3:39:55 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Duluth police issued a citation Thursday night after watching a live contortionist onstage at a troubled historic theater — an act the officer says violated a new state law on adult entertainment. The citation was issued on the only recent night that adult entertainment was offered at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth. "We're back to being just a bar for now,'' said Jim Gradishar, a Duluth adult bookstore owner who also is managing the bar business in the NorShor, which is owned by Duluth physician Eric Ringsred. Gradishar said he believed the Thursday night act was not in violation...
  • Sober message in theatrical performance

    06/17/2006 1:23:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 154+ views
    PALMDALE - Drunken driving is among the leading causes of death among teens in Southern California. To combat this, a theater group is producing a series of plays aimed at dissuading students from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The Palmdale Playhouse hosted the student-run production on Thursday night. New Vista and Juniper middle schools each sent students to the performance. The presentation started with a series of video interviews with people whose lives were impacted by drunk drivers. A game of jeopardy followed, with categories related to alcohol and drug use. Commercial breaks were a series of public...
  • A 'Prairie Home' welcome(rube fest celebrity worship in St.Paul tonight)

    05/03/2006 6:11:33 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 8 replies · 488+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-3-06 | press staff
    It's been a quiet week in St. Paul, Minnesota, our hometown. The mayor turned on his police lights to halt a fleeing citizen after a fender-bender. The Senate Tax Committee is turning everything to mush. Bodies so naked they don't even have skin are on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota. We welcome the world-class actors who will be cruising down Wabasha Street this evening for the opening of the movie version of "A Prairie Home Companion." This is a pretty big deal for St. Paul — not like the high school wrestling tournament, but pretty big all the...
  • High on 'Marijuana-Logues'

    04/01/2006 12:50:29 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 2 replies · 451+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | Friday, March 31, 2006 | BY CLAUDIA PERRY
    STAGETommy Chong is one busy stoner. At least that's what the comedic counter-culture icon, who is fresh off probation, likes to say. Chong, who was in Jacksonville last week with the play, "The Marijuana-Logues," pointed out that you can't be stoned all the time and actually accomplish anything. Chong, 57, will bring the play to New Jersey for three performances starting at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. He then takes the show, which is similar to the "Vagina Monologues," to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank at 7 p.m. April 9. The last...
  • Men bare their souls in Penis Monologues

    04/01/2006 10:40:42 AM PST · by MRMEAN · 6 replies · 444+ views
    The Daily Free Press ^ | 3/31/06 | Sabrina Hamilton
    The Penis Monologues, a series of witty, one-man acts -- a twist on the honest, satirical spirit of the Vagina Monologues -- highlighted [Boston University's] Theater for Engineers' Spring Show, performed in the College of Arts and Sciences building Thursday in front of about 40 students. School of Education senior Nathan Fein said the spin-off to The Vagina Monologues was about "celebrating all stereotypes about men's penises." "The show's not disrespectful," he said. "We're exploring the penis more in-depth in a comical way." TFE President Patricia Ramsey said she was satisfied with the event, though a better venue with a...
  • Singing a song for Hitler in Tel Aviv

    03/13/2006 6:56:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 607+ views
    TEL AVIV, Israel -- They are singing a song for the Fuehrer in Tel Aviv, and laughing all the way through it. The Hebrew version of Mel Brooks's Broadway musical The Producers, based on his 1968 film, has become the hottest show in town and a symbol of Israelis' ability to laugh about issues linked to the Nazi Holocaust. "Mel Brooks once told me that we, Jews, sometimes avenge our worst enemies with humor," said Dan Almagor, who translated the play into Hebrew. The new musical, unprecedented in size and cost of its production, brings together Israel's leading actors and...
  • Marines, Sailors Remember Iwo Jima

    03/12/2006 3:08:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 405+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mar 11, 2006 | Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Brian P. Biller
    IWO JIMA, Japan (NNS) -- Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) along with Sailors from USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) paid a visit to the volcanic island of Iwo Jima to support the 61st anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, March 8. A ceremony was held with veterans of the battle, from both the United States and Japan. Sailors and Marines from the Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) used Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 Detachment Western Pacific and helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMH)...
  • Army Transformation at Sea: The New Theater Support Vessel (Professional Reading)

    03/06/2006 4:41:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 851+ views
    The Army's new Theater Support Vessel (TSV) is a rapidly developed response to the transformational operational maneuver and sustainment demands of force-projection operations. The TSV is a fast-moving, shallow-draft vessel that can simultaneously move troops and their equipment together as combat-ready units within theater and deploy them with little or no reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI) activities at undeveloped ports. The TSV also provides follow-on sustainment through joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS) operations. Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom highlighted the need for maneuver-force and logistics transformation. To respond quickly to threats around the world, the U.S. Army must...
  • New paint blocks out cell phone signals

    03/01/2006 6:32:02 PM PST · by Vermonter · 105 replies · 2,044+ views
    UPI via Drudge ^ | 3/1/2006 | None provided
    New paint blocks out cell phone signals ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 1 (UPI) -- A Rochester, N.Y., company has developed paint that can switch between blocking cell phone signals and allowing them through. "You could use this in a concert hall, allowing cell phones to work before the concert and during breaks, but shutting them down during the performance," said Michael Riedlinger, president of NaturalNano. Using nanotechnology, particles of copper are inserted into nanotubes, which are ultra-tiny tubes that occur naturally in halloysite clay mined in Utah. Combined with a radio-filtering device that collects phone signals from outside a shielded space,...
  • Heddatron (Ibsen enters the 21st century)

    Les Freres finally transforms Ibsen's classic into something well-made.A robot. Half a dozen of them. Live onstage.Les Freres Corbusier continues its irreverent massacre of historical icons and academic esoterica by taking on famed playwright Henrik Ibsen, the well-made play, and contemporary issues in robotics.
  • Arrested for asking for quiet in cinema

    02/11/2006 9:05:58 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 119 replies · 3,457+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 11, 2006 | NICK PAPPS
    AN Australian tourist has been charged with assault after telling a Texas woman to stop talking on her mobile phone at the movies. Pauline Clayton was enjoying a matinee screening of Brokeback Mountain in a Texas cinema when her day suddenly turned ugly. The former Sunshine Coast councillor said about halfway through the movie, a mobile phone started ringing nearby, a woman answered it and started talking. "I put one finger up to my mouth to shoosh her," Ms Clayton said. "She ignored me - I then leaned across and touched her with three or four fingers on the top...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Get Renovated Theater, Clinics

    02/08/2006 3:29:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 119+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Brent Hunt
    The theater will provide a location for ceremonies and to view training videos; the clinic will be equipped with some of the latest medical technology. CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 8, 2006 — As the partnership between the Iraqi army and coalition forces grows each day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has invested more than $3.5 million into the local Iraqi community to open a renovated Iraqi army theater Jan. 28 and is getting ready to open two renovated health clinics within the next couple of weeks. "Iraq and the Iraqi army are getting better every day. We believe we...
  • What Is It With Democrats And Funerals?

    02/07/2006 4:43:50 PM PST · by george76 · 205 replies · 5,210+ views
    polipundit ^ | February 07th, 2006 | Lorie Byrd
    What is it that makes Democrats incapable of controlling their hostility, even during funerals? Especially during funerals. Rush Limbaugh just played a clip of today’s “Wellstone Funeral moment” from Rev. Joseph Lowry in which he raised the issue of weapons of mass destruction in the Coretta Scott King funeral, then talked about how not enough money is going to the poor. I know I have seen figures that indicate that Bush has spent more on some programs for the poor than Clinton did, but it wouldn’t matter if he had spent ten times more. Facts don’t matter. This is pure...
  • First Fires Brigade now in theater

    01/13/2006 4:53:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 352+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Malec
    BAGHGDAD (Army News Service, Jan. 13, 2006) – With the quiet uncasing of their colors Jan. 8, Soldiers in the Fires Brigade marked a new day in the role of division and corps-level fire support. Part of the 4th Infantry Division, the Fires Brigade now flies its colors outside its Camp Liberty headquarters. “This was a historic occasion, signifying the first deployment of a fires brigade into the combat theater,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, brigade commander. The Fires Brigade formerly held all of the 4th Inf. Div.’s artillery assets and was known as the Division Artillery. When the division modularized...
  • A peek into movie theater economics

    01/07/2006 12:04:06 PM PST · by Ma3lst0rm · 57 replies · 1,756+ views
    Arstechnica ^ | 1/5/2006 12:12:40 PM | Ken "Caesar" Fisher
    Our undying devotion to simultaneous movie releases has earned us a small share of hate mail over the years, especially from folks in the movie theater business. Our complaining about the crowds, the inconvenience, and most importantly, the cost really gets on their nerves. They make all manner of excuses for what goes on in theaters. The high prices of concessions, we're told, stems from two factors. First, they say, movie theater employees earn more on average than your man at McDonald's, so you shouldn't expect the price to compare with Chez McDo. More importantly, they claim that the movie...
  • Katrina inspires Iranian director to stage “Uncle Tom's Cabin”

    01/02/2006 1:55:33 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 574+ views
    Mehr News Agency ^ | 2006/01/02
    TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) -- Discrimination against racial minorities in housing and the slowness in delivering relief after the destructive Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and other parts of the U.S. South have inspired Iranian director Behruz Gharibpur to make plans to stage “Uncle Tom's Cabin” in Tehran in the upcoming year. Authored by American writer and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), “Uncle Tom's Cabin” (1852) is a forceful indictment of slavery and one of the most powerful novels of its kind in American literature. Gharibpur had dramatized “Uncle Tom's Cabin” before, and Qatreh Publications is to publish a book...
  • Express route to controversy in Atlanta (Pedophile Musical)

    12/19/2005 6:44:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 1,510+ views ^ | 12/19/05 | MARK BLANKENSHIP
    Around the holidays, the biggest challenge for many theater companies is convincing audiences to care about yet another staging of "A Christmas Carol." This season in Atlanta, however, Actor's Express wants to stir up buzz about a less familiar property -- namely, a pedophile musical. The Express has already started pushing "Love Jerry," a new tunertuner written and composed by Megan Gogerty that follows the tortured story of Jerry, who develops a sexual relationship with his nephew while trying to stay friends with the boy's father. A delicate, often heart-wrenching piece of theater, the show, which preems Jan. 22 at...
  • Theater owners want cell phones blocked

    12/18/2005 7:27:25 AM PST · by Kjobs · 446 replies · 4,650+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | UPI
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The National Association of Theater Owners wants the Federal Communications Commission to allow the blocking of cell phone signals in theaters. John Fithian, the president of the trade organization, told the Los Angeles Times theater owners "have to block rude behavior" as the industry tries to come up with ways to bring people back to the cinemas. Fithian said his group would petition the FCC for permission to block cell phone signals within movie theaters. Some theaters already have no cell phone policies and ask moviegoers to check their phones at the door,...
  • My Buddy Bill [Clinton smokes hash in Amsterdam, Hillary, and more in a new play about the ex-prez]

    11/26/2005 5:42:33 AM PST · by summer · 94 replies · 3,961+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | Nov. 23, 2005 | Jay Reiner
    Rick Cleveland tells Bill Clinton stories in his one-man show. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, Westwood, CA Through Dec. 18 Bottom line: A must-see, must-hear show to open the fine new second space at the Geffen. What is it like to pal around with Bill Clinton? Rick Cleveland gives us the skinny in "My Buddy Bill," a fascinating and finely executed one-man show based on Cleveland's friendship with the former president. The friendship is over now, for reasons that become clear in the evening's most revealing episode. But no matter what you might have thought of Clinton...
  • Iraq war musical 'Let's Kick Ass!' premieres in Denmark

    10/02/2005 9:13:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 570+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | September 30, 2005
    COPENHAGEN -- A musical about the Iraq war, Let's Kick Ass!, was to open in Copenhagen on Thursday, featuring a satirical depiction of US President George W. Bush and his faithful ally in Iraq, Danish Premier Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Let's Kick Ass!, a reference to a Bush quote, is an adaptation of British musical Follow My Leader by Alistair Beaton, which targets Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "Like 'Oh, What A Lovely War', which was a reaction to the madness of the First World War, this is an attempt to react to Denmark's participation in a war of...

    08/20/2005 5:50:06 PM PDT · by summer · 16 replies · 30,408+ views
    NYT Theater section ^ | Aug 19, 2005 | Jason Zinoman
    First daughter: [Actress] Melissa Rauch [as Jenna Bush] in "The Miss Education of Jenna Bush." Jenna Bush reportedly has a standing invitation to see "The Miss Education of Jenna Bush," a 10-minute comedy sketch stretched to 90 fluffy minutes, and while it seems far-fetched that the first daughter would attend, if she did, there is a chance - believe it or not - that she would like it. Set on the eve of her first day as a public school teacher, the monologue, which has been drawing big crowds to the Village Theater, takes place in her Georgetown apartment, which...
  • Twentieth Century Fox to release Blu-Ray movies

    08/11/2005 7:44:57 PM PDT · by Lauretij2 · 79 replies · 1,417+ views
    Macworld ^ | 7/29/2005 | Peter Cohen
    Perhaps it’s not a huge surprise, since filmmaker Twentieth Century Fox has been sitting on the board of the Blu-Ray Disc Association since last October, but today the company formally announced that its home entertainment subsidiary will release new TV programs, films and other titles on the Blu-Ray disk format when Blu-Ray hardware launches in North America, Japan and Europe.
  • NYT Caption Time: What's Doing in France: Hip Theater, Heartily Booed -- Notoriety can be Nasty

    07/29/2005 6:25:07 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 711+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2005 | JOHN TAGLIABUE
    If this southern French city had a motto, it might be, "Say what you like about me, just make sure you spell my name right." This summer, the annual theater festival in Avignon, arguably the best known in France, appeared to be putting that age-old publicity strategy to the test. First, the papers reported booing and catcalls accompanying a performance directed by the choreographer Christian Rizzo. Many in the audience could not stand an electronic buzzing that accompanied the show. Then most of the audience walked out of a play, called "After/Before," by the French director Pascal Rambert. Much of...
  • The real sound of Shakespeare? (Globe theatre performs Shakespeare's plays in Shakespeare's dialect)

    07/19/2005 10:36:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 2,633+ views
    BBC News ^ | Joe Boyle
    Ever been baffled by the bard? Vexed by his verse? Or perplexed by his puns? London's Globe theatre thinks it has the answer: perform Shakespeare's plays in Shakespeare's dialect. In August the theatre will stage an "original production" of Troilus and Cressida - with the actors performing the lines as close to the 16th century pronunciations as possible. By opening night, they will have rehearsed using phonetic scripts for two months and, hopefully, will render the play just as its author intended. They say their accents are somewhere between Australian, Cornish, Irish and Scottish, with a dash of Yorkshire -...
  • Record-Breaking Shakespeare Event

    07/02/2005 10:07:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 502+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 1 July, 2005
    Thousands of British school children are taking part in a potentially record-breaking performance of Shakespeare. A total of 10,000 pupils from 400 schools will be performing Shakespeare in professional theatres on Sunday. The event - One Night of Shakespeare - is a collaboration between the BBC and Shakespeare Schools Festival. Organisers hope to enter the Guinness World Records for the most performances of Shakespeare on one night. Pupils will perform their own interpretations of shortened versions of some of Shakespeare's plays, directed and produced by their teachers. There is a Bollywood-inspired Romeo and Juliet, a Winter's Tale exploring "chav" culture,...
  • Goths, chavs and Hell's Kitchen for Shakespeare

    06/27/2005 8:54:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 541+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | June 27, 2005 | Adam Sherwin
    IT’S Shakespeare but the Bard might not recognise it. A Winter’s Tale is now a battle between chavs and goths while the BBC has signed Twiggy to appear in a modern Taming of the Shrew. On Sunday, 10,000 children from 400 schools will take part in an event designed to energise Shakespeare’s works for the MTV generation. After a series of BBC sponsored workshops, they will perform 30-minute abridged versions of his plays at theatres across Britain to create a record-breaking One Night of Shakespeare. Fifteen years after the last televised contemporary adaptations, the BBC has rediscovered the Bard. It...
  • Death Wish - (Ollie North; revealing classified Gitmo secrets should be punishable offense!)

    06/16/2005 9:19:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 70 replies · 1,793+ views
    MANILA, Philippines -- My Fox News producers and I have just returned from documenting an atrocity. While we were at the scene of the crime interviewing eyewitnesses, a copy of this week's Time magazine was placed in my hotel room. Our day was devoted to detailing the horrific treatment meted out to more than 75,000 Allied prisoners of war in the Philippines between 1942 and 1945. The day ended with an American "news" magazine's "sometimes shocking" classified account of how captured terrorists are treated at Guantanamo. A day that began with the Bataan Death March ended with a death wish....
  • Memorial Day meditation-(cameo vignettes of heroism; (WWII Pacific, Vietnam, Afghanistan; great!)

    05/30/2005 4:33:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 1,093+ views
    “Memory n. 1. The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience; the ability to remember. 2. An act or instance of remembrance; a recollection… see smer in Appendix.” “smer – to remember. In Germanic murnon, to remember sorrowfully, in Old English murnan, to mourn.” I remember Chuck Meerholz and the day I was supposed to drive. After four months with B Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor; four months of on-the-job-training for a guy trained as an infantrymen, I was being taught to drive our tank. B Company was to participate in a big operation centered on the village of...
  • Fonda movie refused by theater owner

    05/17/2005 7:28:34 PM PDT · by corsair · 53 replies · 2,040+ views
    The News-Enterprise Hardin County, Kentucky ^ | May 17, 2005 | John Friedlein
    Fonda flick doesn't fly in Hardin County By JOHN FRIEDLEIN The owner of Hardin County's two movie theaters is refusing to show the nation's top-grossing movie. Like many veterans, Ike Boutwell has an issue with "Monster-in-Law" star Jane Fonda. On the ticket window at the Elizabethtown Movie Palace is a sign that tells movie goers the cinema will not show the film because of what she did in Vietnam. Below the message are pictures of Fonda clapping with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972. The sign on the marquee outside Showtime Cinemas in Radcliff reads: "No Jane Fonda movie...
  • Abu-Ghraib is now a play at Harvard

    05/12/2005 10:35:42 AM PDT · by Spacewolfomega · 36 replies · 1,731+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 5-12-05 | Spacewolfomega
    That's right... the incidents that occurred at AbuGhraid prison are now a play production at Harvard University. Here is the story: Abu Ghraib onstage Multimedia theatrical piece tries to make sense of prison abuse By Ken Gewertz Harvard News Office Since the theater's beginnings in ancient Greece, playwrights have used the stage to explore complex ethical issues and portray disturbing current events. It is a practice that continues into the present day with works like Athol Fugard's "Master Harold ... and the Boys" and Tony Kushner's "Angels in America." On May 12, the Loeb Experimental Theatre will premier a work...

    05/03/2005 3:40:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 884+ views
    Antipodean star RUSSELL CROWE has slammed JOSEPH FIENNES for his portrayal of legendary playwright WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE in OSCAR-winning film SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. The GLADIATOR actor liked the script of the 1999 MIRAMAX movie, which gave its stars DAME JUDI DENCH and GWYNETH PALTROW ACADEMY AWARDS, but was left unimpressed by Fiennes' casting. Crowe tells the American edition of GQ magazine, "It was a 100 per cent f**king home run except the central character of William Shakespeare was not a writer - he was not smelly enough. "He was not unshaven enough, and obviously he hadn't had enough to drink. "He...
  • Palestinian Militant Group Refuses to Accept Truce

    03/18/2005 9:55:05 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 5 replies · 479+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 18
    A coalition of Palestinian militants threatened on Friday to resume attacks on Israelis despite a conditional truce agreed by other armed groups in talks with the Palestinian Authority. Mohammed Abdel-Al, a spokesman for the umbrella Popular Resistance Committees, said the Palestinian Authority had not invited the PRC to the negotiations in Egypt and the deal reached there on Thursday was not binding on it. "Our patience is over and it is time the Zionist entity be called to account by our fighters after the past two months (of calm)," Abdel-Al told a news conference. Before the current lull, the PRC...
  • Trying to Extract a Drama From the Blog of an Iraqi- [NYT Favorable Review for Ba'athist Blogger]

    03/18/2005 12:00:07 PM PST · by TastyManatees · 3 replies · 439+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/18/05 | Jason Zinoman
    Trying to Extract a Drama From the Blog of an Iraqi By JASON ZINOMAN "Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog From Iraq" is not a very good play, but it's worth your attention for two reasons. It's the only political drama in New York written from the point of view of an Iraqi who lived through the American invasion, and, for better or worse, it inaugurates an entirely new (and seemingly inevitable) theatrical genre - the blog play. Melding two chic cultural forms, the documentary drama and the blog, the Six Figures Theater Company has turned the online writings of Riverbend, the...
  • NY: Group honors Malcolm X at NYC theater

    02/21/2005 8:38:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 958+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/21/05 | Madison J. Gray - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Manhattan theater where Malcolm X was assassinated held a commemoration on Monday, the 40th anniversary of the civil rights leader's death. The Audubon Ballroom, where the activist was gunned down Feb. 21, 1965, is being turned into a history center that will re-examine his legacy by cataloging his life and work and showing how he championed human rights, his family said. Dignitaries who attended the event Monday evening included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel and the Rev. Al Sharpton. "Malcolm didn't build buildings or pass legislation," said the activist Sharpton. "He taught us...
  • Hero's burial for loyal Afghan who saved his president

    09/09/2002 8:05:48 PM PDT · by kinghorse · 2 replies · 410+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 9/9/02 | Jim Brooks
    With the turquoise dome of the shrine to the 18th-century father of the Afghan nation rising in the background, Muhammad Akbar paused, leaned on his pick and said that he had never before been asked to dig a grave in the sacred soil of this compound. The grave was for Azimullah Muhammad, an 18-year-old who a week ago was an unknown seller of plastic water jugs from a dimly lit stall deep inside Kandahar's main bazaar. Now he is Afghanistan's newest hero, to be buried alongside mujahideen heroes of the guerilla war against the Soviet Union. On Friday, television viewers...
  • Life of a Salesman(Miller's best play endures beyond its social context, and perhaps his intentions)

    02/13/2005 10:51:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 343+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 2/14/2005 | Paul Beston
    "Great drama is great questions," Arthur Miller wrote, "or it is nothing but technique." He was right, but his counsel had become a lonely one by the second half of his career. In many ways, the American theater has returned to what it was before Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams and Miller arrived -- light entertainment. Even today's dramas, more often than not, tend to confirm fashionable points of view while pretending to be shocking or politically daring. One thinks of Six Degrees of Separation, among others. Great questions extend beyond place and time, and Miller's greatest play, Death of a...
  • Sikh and You Will Be Fined (Is Britain keeping the peace or appeasing the Sikhs?)

    12/28/2004 11:17:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 413+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/29/2004 | Christopher Orlet
    The recent Sikh assault on a theater in Birmingham, England, illustrates once again how religious radicals are using violence and threats of violence to curb basic freedoms not just in their former homelands, but throughout the West. In Birmingham on Dec. 18, a mob of some 400 radical Sikhs stormed the Birmingham's Repertory Theatre prior to a performance of Gurprett Bhatti's play Dishonor. During the subsequent melee, 800 theatergoers had to be rushed from the theater, while the mob smashed doors, shattered windows, battered security guards, and destroyed equipment. Five police officers were injured in the brawl. Three Sikh's were...