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DRUID THEATER COMPANY MAKES SHAKESPEARE’S HISTORIES ITS OWN

 
 

(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/1; via Pam Green.)

On Tuesday at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Druid Theater Company, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed troupes, will sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings. A lot of stories. A lot of kings. A very particular ground.

DruidShakespeare: The History Plays follows DruidMurphy (2012), a three-play cycle centered on emigration by the somewhat neglected Irish writer Tom Murphy, and DruidSynge (2005), a wildly admired series of six plays by J. M. Synge. It condenses four Shakespeare histories (“Richard II,” “Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V”), known collectively as the Henriad, into a seven-hour marathon performance.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/theater/druid-theater-company-makes-shakespeares-histories-its-own.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cu_20150701&nl=theater&nlid=68469194&ref=headline

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WHEN ORSON WELLES MET LAURENCE OLIVIER: 'WELLES WAS A VERY BAD BOY . . . '

(Ryan Gilbey’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/1.)

In 1960, Orson Welles directed Laurence Olivier in a stage production of Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. Also in the cast was Olivier’s future wife, Joan Plowright, for whom he was about to leave Vivien Leigh. Welles and Olivier locked horns from the off. The director, still sore from an unhappy Dublin run of his Shakespearean play Chimes at Midnight, accused the actor of undermining him. “Instead of making it hard for me to direct him, he made it almost impossible for me to direct the cast,” Welles later complained. “He got them off in little groups and had quiet little rehearsals having nothing to do with me.” By the time the play opened at the Royal Court in London, Welles was its director in name only, having been told by Olivier that his presence at rehearsals was not required. It was, Welles conceded, “a black moment”.

The episode forms the basis of Orson’s Shadow, first staged in 2000 but only now receiving its European premiere. This piece of speculative fact-based fiction was written by the 75-year-old playwright Austin Pendleton, best known as a comic character actor – he was a giddy delight alongside Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal in Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc? and played the stammering attorney in My Cousin Vinny.

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http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jul/01/laurence-olivier-orson-welles-fights-orsons-shadow-play

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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN BIOGRAPHY COMING IN 2018

(Martin Chilton’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 6/30

The 75th anniversary of Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein II's first collaboration, Oklahoma!, is being marked by a new biography of the musical giants.

In two decades of collaboration, Rodgers and Hammerstein worked on such musicals as Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, Pipe Dream, The King and I and The Sound of Music. Their musicals and films have won dozens of major awards including a Pulitzer Prize; 34 Tonys, 15 Oscars and two Grammys.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/11707415/Rodgers-and-Hammerstein-biography-coming-in-2018.html

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JASON ROBERT BROWN: ‘THE LAST FIVE YEARS’--A CLASSY MUSICAL ABOUT DOOMED LOVE (REVIEW PICK, IE)

(Jane Coyle’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 7/1.) 

There’s more than one way to say goodbye. In his classy little musical, American composer Jason Robert Brown brings effective dramatic effect to the word, using it both to begin and end the doomed love story of Jamie Wellerstein, an ambitious young Jewish writer from New York, and Cathy Hiatt, an aspiring actress from Ohio. 

On paper, the storyline reads like an overloaded sugar rush, but the stage reality is quite different, not least because of the wit and musical quality of the songs, the delicate live score and a cleverly constructed narrative in which the dual perspectives are unpeeled, back to back, in reverse order. 

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http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/the-last-five-years-a-classy-musical-about-doomed-love-review-1.2269376

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GROWING OLDER WITH MADONNA

 
 

(Jancee Dunn’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/24; via Pam Green.)

In the video for “Bitch I’m Madonna,” a party anthem released last Wednesday, the pop star of the title, in a clingy Moschino leopard-print dress, hot-pink coif and gold teeth grills, romps through the corridors of the Standard hotel along Manhattan’s High Line. “The bass is pumping,” she sings, adding a suggestive phrase before gleefully making out with some guy in the hallway.

Madonna will turn 57 in August. As she has repeatedly pointed out, her age is not going to slow her down. “Shut up jealous bitches!” she wrote recently on her Instagram account. “I hope you are as fun loving and adventurous as me when you’re my age!!!! Hahahhahaha let’s see.”

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http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/fashion/growing-older-with-madonna-jancee-dunn.html?referrer=

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