April 27, 1992 |
Sayonara : "Shimada," the Broadway drama starring Ben Gazzara, Ellen Burstyn and Mako, closed Saturday night after only four regular performances. The play, which opened last Thursday in the Broadhurst Theater, was written by Jill Shearer and set in Australia with flashbacks to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. It was the first Broadway show to offer theatergoers a simultaneous Japanese translation.
January 28, 1988 |
The Century City law firm of Dern, Mason & Floum has sued actor Ben Gazzara, claiming he owes more than $97,000 in legal fees and interest from the handling of his divorce. In a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the law firm claims it began representing Gazzara in his divorce in May, 1980, and that he promised to pay the fees. Gazzara, 58, who lives in New York, made payments until February, 1986, leaving an unpaid balance of $97,397, the suit said.
April 4, 2013 |
Rather than concentrate on the execution of the crime, this week's DVDs focus on what comes afterward: first the trial, then, for the unlucky, time behind bars. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, 1959's “Anatomy of a Murder” is one of the great American courtroom dramas. Directed by Otto Preminger, it features Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending Ben Gazzara against a murder charge brought by George C. Scott's hard-driving prosecutor. Archetypes don't get more archetypal than this, with a great Duke Ellington score thrown in for good measure.
April 25, 1992 |
With all the Japan bashing lately, one might be forgiven for thinking "Shimada"--a drama about a Japanese purchase of an Australian bicycle factory--might have something useful to say about the queasy relations between Japan and the West today. Considering that the $1.
July 10, 1990 |
There is nothing like an authentic phenomenon to pep up the idea of theatergoing, and A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" is an authentic, no-question-about-it phenomenon and hit. It reaches its 100th performance this week at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, with Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry as the latest in a long procession of couples who have read Gurney's mail.