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#5654 - 08/09/12 09:32 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Rita]
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Oh, that is sad. I've lost a couple of friends to Parkinson's...it is not a nice way to go.


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#5655 - 08/10/12 11:16 AM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Kay]
Lorna Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
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Loc: Dayton, Ohio
Sad, sad. Michael J. Fox announced his retirement some years back because of Parkinson's but then stabilized to the point that he could do smallish roles again (Boston Legal, The Good Wife). But Hoskins is nearly 20 years older than Fox. He won't be back.

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#6057 - 11/08/12 12:57 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Rita]
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Registered: 04/25/99
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Loc: Newark, Delaware, USA
An interjection about live theater: a friend and I met in NYC on Saturday October 27 (which turned out fortuitously to be the last clear day pre-Sandy) to see 2 shows that both of us wanted to catch:

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The acclaimed Steppenwolf production, already seen in Chicago and DC. I am familiar with the play but somehow had never seen it onstage before. Despite its original reputation (at least to my young ears at the time) as a long grueling dark night of the soul, this was a fast-moving entertaining 3 hours (including the 2 intermissions) in which dramatic grip and ominous undercurrents didn't preclude the glee in gamesmanship and the sparks of dark humor that are also part of it. Tracy Letts and Amy Morton (respectively the playwright of August: Osage County and its premier cast member to my mind) deserve every bit of praise they've been getting. They, director Pam Mackinnon, and Madison Dirks (Nick) pull off that ultimate illusion of making us think its unfolding all by itself before our eyes without premeditation. I'm so glad to have seen it.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The Roundabout Theatre revival of the 1986 musical by Rupert Holmes. Sumptuous-looking, great cast (most of whom are starring players in their own right), and just great fun. As most of you probably know, this is framed as a Victorian music-hall production (which gives them license to kill in terms of inserting extraneous songs and bits -- it's all part of this troupe's presentation), and it stops midway through Act II with the announcement that this is where Dickens laid down his pen and died. So the audience gets to vote on the identity of the detective Dick Datchery, and then on the murderer (and finally gets to match up a romantic pair). At our performance, Datchery was Helena Landless, the murderer was sweet Rosa Budd, and the final loving couple were ancient opium-dealer Princess Puffer (Chita Rivera) and the boy Deputy. Good times.

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#6061 - 11/09/12 12:07 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Jon]
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Oh, that sounds just great, both of them. The only stage performance of Virginia Woolf I've seen was a local one (Pittsburgh), and it WAS all dark-night-of-the-soul. For Drood, just think of how many different endings the cast had to memorize considering all the possible combinations! How I'd love to see that.

Jon, if you're still here -- you might want to take a look at the Books topic, the last four posts.


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#6076 - 11/10/12 11:21 AM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Rita]
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I don't mean to suggest that Virginia Woolf was played shallowly as a laff-riot. It never stopped being about serious matters, but they understood that serious is not the same as solemn: on some level, George and Martha get a kick out of the adversarial relationship they've evolved, and they enjoy (in their different ways) getting this young couple mixed up in it. The script tells us that several layers down, they've never stopped loving each other, but this is the first time I've believed it.

Drood does indeed have a ton of possibilities for the cast to absorb, which I've always thought makes it hard on the schools and community theaters who do it but typically give only a very few performances: they have to prepare all these endings and they never get to use most of them. I think there are 4 possible Datcherys, 8 potential murderers (though only 7 at any given performance because one will have been chosen as Datchery), and... 24?... final romantic possibilities (though that's only a matter of different dialogue lead-ins to a duet reprise).

Here are some production shots, and here is a video preview.

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#6204 - 12/05/12 08:51 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Jon]
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Forbes has released its annual list of the most overpaid stars in Hollywood (based on the amount earned per dollar paid to the actor averaged over their last three movies). Here they are:

1. Eddie Murphy
2. Katherine Heigl
3. Reese Witherspoon
4. Sandra Bullock
5. Jack Black
6. Nicolas Cage
7. Adam Sandler
8. Denzel Washington
9. Ben Stiller
10. Sara Jessica Parker

Sandra Bullock is a surprise. I thought she was box-office gold.

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#6205 - 12/06/12 01:25 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Christopher]
Austin
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Yeah, so did I. Couple of other surprises too, Nicolas Cage and Denzel Washington.

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#6206 - 12/06/12 03:57 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Rita]
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Posts: 425
Loc: York, England
I'm moderately familiar with all of the above, except for Katherine Heigl, of whom I've never heard. The ones who are a plus for me are Reese Witherspoon and ... er ... Eddie Murphy in Trading Places and ... that's about that.

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#6207 - 12/06/12 10:34 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Andrew]
Barbara Offline
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I'm surprised Katherine Heigl is considered a star. I'm not sure I'd know her if I saw her.

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#6208 - 12/07/12 02:12 PM Re: Miscellaneous [Re: Barbara]
Lorna Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
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Loc: Dayton, Ohio

Maybe that's because she keeps changing her hair color...


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