To clarify one important error, the production is NOT using real cigarettes. It’s illegal to smoke tobacco products in public establishments, even onstage. Instead, they are using hand-rolled mullein which, when smoked, is used to treat respiratory ailments.
I should clarify that I said 'the concept of Blanche's journey is OFTEN treated un-gently'. I've also seen it done beautifully. Don't want anyone thinking I've hated every production of this I've ever seen. Who knows, too, whether we'll succeed at it; we can only try.
Saw the preview of Drowsy Chaperone last night and it was so much fun! The entire cast was terrific, the orchestra fabulous, and Scott Levy just made the show--he was the best part! Went home singing with a smile on my face...what more could you ask for.
Calling the reviewer blind and suggesting he be medicated is a super mature response to a bad review. Pfft.
Todd is simply wrong about our running time; The Wild Duck runs reliably 2 and 1/2 hours as advertised (including intermission), which is actually 15 minutes shorter than the recent London revival. Obviously he thought the play went on forever, and it's true that there is a lot of play here, and very long build up to a climax, but all of this is crucial to its shattering climax and cumulative power. Ibsen has not written a play which depends on audience empathy with his characters, whose limitations are immediately evident. Instead he has created an astonishing mix of melodrama, symbolism, irony, tragedy, satire, poetry and realism. The villain thinks he's the hero; his feckless victim thinks he is a romantic tragic figure. Blind idealism and life lies still abound. Todd thinks the material doesn't hold up but I suspect while snoozing he was weighing it very lightly:the play really is a masterpiece--the more time we have spent with it the more we have been rewarded, and our experience has been shared by actors and directors and audiences for the last 100 years. We are very proud of our beautiful production, and we encourage Todd to see the show again after he has polished his glasses, adjusted his prescription and found his white cane. I will be happy to help him find his seat and show him the light :-)
you didn't mention isaac green's name in 5564 to toronto? what a crappy thing to do to a kid that played his heart out.
Hi! The link to the csfineartscenter.org seems to not be working...
This one is not to be missed! Seriously!!
You needed a "supposedly" in front of Qin Shi Huang as well. His "search for immortality" is an unverified, and I suspect malicious fabrication about the world's greatest peacemaker and nation builder. He was discredited by his political successors, and my guess is that is one of the several dozen bits of nonsense that were attached to his alleged "history." The full story of Qin Shi Huang is found in The School of Sun Tzu, available here:
While the leather I used was not for a corset, the author is right; I used leather from thrift stores and donated fur in many pieces. Linen, wool, and hemp fabrics help to make the show as accurate as possible. Framed by June Barfield's amazing set and lit by Sean Verdu's lighting design, I am privileged to have costumed this show! I hope you all enjoy it!
Marriage is the term used to denote the covenant relationship between a man and a woman and has been for thousands of years...can't gays come up with a different word for their different sort of liaison?
No worries! I should have clarified at the time!
Sorry about that, Steve. You said Sammy and I leaped to a conclusion. Argh!
Just one correction: The production features Sammy Gleason, not Sammie Joe Kinnett. They are both, however, very lovely people.
Great show; Nancy Holaday did a great job adapting this story for her actors.
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I cant wait to see the show. It sounds awesome!
Our audio recording of the interview does not include the phrase "To Shakespeare's audience." However, it is clear that Ms. Carter was speaking about the perspective of someone in Shakespeare's time period, so we have inserted a clarification to that effect, in brackets. We apologize for any confusion or mischaracterization this may have caused.
Thank you Cherise for the wonderful article! I would like to clarify, with all respect to Cherise Fantus, the above quote was taken out of context. We were discussing Shakespeare's treatment of Achilles and the quote should read " To Shakespeare's audience, what's the worst possible way they could sabotage the greatest warrior in the world in history? They make him ridiculously proud, and they make him gay." I apologize for any misunderstanding. Crystal Carter, Director.
Personal stories, from our own community, are always the most inspiring. Hope to see you and your family at the opening reception this Friday at 6 pm, James. It'll be a timeless production. Anne Marie
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