August 31, 1996
In Liz Smith's Aug. 22 column, she said that Kenneth Branagh's new production of "Hamlet" "is set in an entirely different period from any previous version of Shakespeare's most famous work," 19th century Prussia. In early 1986, I was working at Toronto Free Theatre where we were producing "Hamlet," which was set in 19th century Prussia. During rehearsals, I had the opportunity to pop down to New York to catch some shows. Among them was the Public Theatre's production of 'Hamlet" starring the outstanding Kevin Kline, set in 19th century Prussia.
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July 17, 2004
Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight. Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. More information: www.ocfair.com or (714) 708-3247 11 a.m.: Royal "T" Square Dancers Noon: Soap Carving for Kids, with Robert Morris 1 p.m.: U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers 2 p.m.: Fumble and Crumble Snickerdoodle Eating Contest 3:30 p.m.: Whittling Contest 4 p.m.: Open Wide (Dentist Band) 6:30 p.m.: Karaokin' at the Fair, semifinal No. 1 7:30 p.m.: Carrot Top; all seats $10 or 10 carrots 8 p.m.
August 19, 1996
I live in North Hollywood and I have yet to find the epic-length unemployment lines George M. Cook refers to in his Aug. 5 Counterpunch ("Hollywood's Real Horror Picture"). I've just recently relocated to Los Angeles from Toronto (I'm in the live theater business). And one of the things that greeted me on my first visit in March was the cover of Variety (March 18), "The Upsizing of Hollywood: While U.S. Tightens Belt, Show-Biz Balloons." The reason why I can't find those unemployment lines is that the number of production jobs in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles County has grown from 53,200 in 1988 to 111,600 in 1995, according to official state figures quoted in the article.
June 21, 1990
Woody Woodpecker, the late Vivian Vance, Jim Nabors, Arsenio Hall and B.B. King are among 21 entertainers who will receive a star on the Walk of Fame this year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced. A five-member Walk of Fame Committee culled the list from 200 nominees, according to Johnny Grant, chairman of the committee and honorary mayor of Hollywood. "We received such an abundance of outstanding nominations this year that it was difficult to make a selection," Grant said.
July 6, 2003 |
Phylicia Rashad, who played Bill Cosby's wife on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-92) and on "Cosby" (CBS, 1996-2000), has leased a condominium in the Santa Monica area at $2,000 a month for the summer. Rashad, who lives in New York, rented the unit in preparation for her appearance in August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean" at the Mark Taper Forum. Previews start July 19. The play will run from Aug. 1 to Sept. 7. The condominium has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,100 square feet.
March 16, 1997
It's no surprise that James Bates ("Cultural Imperialism Against Canada? Oh, Please," Feb. 18) is unable to recognize the cultural imperialism of the U. S., not just in Canada, but around the world. He is, after all, with the empire. In Canada, the bulk of television signals received are from the United States, and on Canadian stations a good portion of programming is American. In U.S. television history, only one Canadian series, "Due South," has ever been put on prime-time network space.