November 28, 1988 |
How a structure the height of a 40-story office tower was built some 4,500 years ago--using 30 million tons of stone that were sculpted into a pure geometric form from a base covering the equivalent of seven square city blocks--is explored on PBS tonight in "Pyramid" (8 p.m., Channels 28 and 15, 9 p.m. on Channel 50).
April 5, 2003 |
Nothing says adventure, romance and intrigue quite like jury duty, or at least that's the hopeful attitude of a dozen down-on-their-luck Londoners who seem delighted to find themselves on a high-profile murder case in PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries "The Jury."
May 9, 1988 |
"Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's collection of fairy tales without fairy-tale endings, topped the musical division with 13 nominations Sunday in the Drama Desk picks for the best of this season's New York theater. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" and the Lincoln Center revival of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" each received 11 nominations from the seven-member committee of the organization of drama critics, editors and reporters.
December 24, 2001
Robert Altman's career has been defined by its peaks and valleys. For every "MASH," "Nashville," "The Player" and "Short Cuts," there has been a "Brewster McCloud," "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," "Quintet," "Ready to Wear" or last year's "Dr. T & the Women." Altman, who is just two months shy of his 77th birthday, is a survivor. After a long lull, Altman has scaled another peak in his 50-year career with his latest film, "Gosford Park," which opens Wednesday in limited release.
October 20, 1989 |
The voice of Laurence Olivier thundered through Westminster Abbey today as 2,000 guests, including most of Britain's greatest actors, paid homage to the late giant of stage and screen. The recorded excerpt of Olivier's speech to the troops in Shakespeare's "Henry V" was the highlight of a service honoring Olivier. "There may be imitators, but there is no second Olivier. He was unique," Sir Alec Guinness said in the eulogy.
October 6, 1989
Milton Goldman, one of the theater's best-known agents, died Wednesday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Manhattan. He was 75. He had retired for the night after attending the opening night gala of the Martha Graham Dance Co. and the party afterward. Goldman was president of Graham's Center for Contemporary Dance. At his death he was vice president of International Creative Management and head of its theatrical department.
October 15, 2013 |
Rufus Norris, who began his career as an actor before turning to directing, has been tapped to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of Britain's presitigious National Theatre. Norris is expected to assume his new role when Hytner steps down at the end of March 2015. The National Theatre has grown in international prominence in recent years with its digital broadcasts to cinemas around the world. The London company's NT Live series has broadcast such high-profile productions as "Frankenstein," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; "Macbeth" with Kenneth Branagh; and "The Audience," with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. CHEATSHEET: Fall arts preview 2013 Norris will be the National Theatre' sixth artistic director.
August 28, 2005 |
Was there ever an empire so beloved by TV and movie fans as Rome? Togas, gladiators, decadence, Caligula -- when it comes to spectacle, the Romans had it all. Here's a quick comparison of the HBO series "Rome," which debuts tonight, with ABC's "Empire," the Oscar-winning "Gladiator" and Masterpiece Theater's legendary "I, Claudius."
December 7, 2012 |
William Shakespare will get the full PBS treatment in "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part series announced this week to be shown on three consecutive Friday evenings starting Jan. 25. Each night will feature two hourlong segments, focused on one or two plays by the Bard, each with a celebrity host. The series is built on interviews with actors, directors and scholars, clips from screen versions of the plays under consideration, and live performance segments filmed at today's Globe, and staged specifically for "Shakespeare Uncovered.