June 21, 1992 |
His loss at expressing his early sexual identity with ease is one reason why playwright-director Sean Mathias jumped at the chance to make "The Lost Language of Cranes" his first screenplay. The 1986 critically acclaimed book by David Leavitt is the story of a son who tells his mother and father that he is gay, an announcement that compels the father to end his own lie of 20 years.
October 6, 1991 |
In October's theater lineup, Shakespeare gets a new look, Virginia Woolf goes solo, "Gorey Stories" go for the jugular, and "The Most Happy Fella" goes Hollywood. The openings include: Tuesday: At Hollywood's Henry Fonda Theatre, David Carradine, Stewart Granger, Ricardo Montalban and Lynn Redgrave star in George Bernard Shaw's philosophical dialogue "Don Juan in Hell."
September 1, 1991 |
The Westwood Playhouse will play host to what could be the solo highlight of a still-sketchy fall season when British actress Eileen Atkins delivers her uncommon performance as the lecturing Virginia Woolf in "A Room of One's Own," starting Oct. 16. This will follow close on the heels of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, together again--at last--in "Together Again" (Sept. 20-Oct.13).
April 30, 1994 |
John Langton, who portrayed the stiffly proper tetrarch of the upstairs in "Upstairs, Downstairs," has died, it was learned Friday. Langton, better known as Lord Richard Bellamy in the internationally praised British television series of the 1970s, was 82. His family said he died of a heart attack Monday at Stratford-Upon-Avon. No details of his death or funeral arrangements were announced.
July 11, 1992 |
If you were an "Upstairs, Downstairs" junkie, you might want to feast on its sequel of sorts: "The House of Eliott," a sumptuous 12-hour, 10-part BBC dramatic series about two struggling sisters who crash high society in 1920s London. If the premiere two-hour episode (Sunday at 9 p.m. on cable's Arts & Entertainment), is any index, co-creators Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, the creative team behind "Upstairs, Downstairs," have fashioned another winning social tableau of period manners and mores.
June 20, 2001 |
The Los Angeles premiere of Yasmina Reza's "The Unexpected Man," David Rambo's "God's Man in Texas" and "Do Jump!"--a circus performance ensemble that blends dance, acrobatics, aerial work, humor and music--will be among the offerings onstage during the 2001-2002 season at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. The season lineup, to be announced today by Geffen producing director Gilbert Cates, kicks off Sept. 19-Oct.
February 5, 1995 |
"Upstairs Downstairs" was one of the most popular and acclaimed series ever to air on PBS' long-running "Masterpiece Theatre." But it has been impossible to find copies of favorite episodes at local video stores. Until now. After a long absence from video store shelves, fans of the series can now enjoy the handsome new Collector's Edition, released last month on A&E Home Video. The set, which runs for $150, features 14 complete episodes on 7 videos.
May 28, 1988 |
Swedish screen star Max Von Sydow, whose new film "Pelle the Conqueror" won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is turning to the English stage in a career move he described as "a great surprise." "It's very exciting," the tall, lanky Von Sydow said of his upcoming role as Prospero in Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The play opens Oct. 6 at London's Old Vic theater for a limited run through Nov. 26.
August 29, 1993 |
"Upstairs, Downstairs" was something veddy different for PBS' acclaimed British drama showcase "Masterpiece Theatre." The 68-part series holds the distinction of being the first "Masterpiece" presentation to be created strictly for television with no claims to literature, the theater or movies. "Upstairs, Downstairs" proved that a masterpiece could be created for the small screen. Rather ironically, the series spawned several novelization productions.