July 28, 2009 |
Shakespeare's Globe, the renowned London theater company, is returning to the United States this fall in a tour that will make two November stops in Southern California -- at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica (Nov. 19-29) and at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 13-15). The company will perform Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" using a traditional Elizabethan staging that involves elaborate costumes and a mostly bare stage. -- David Ng
April 17, 2009 |
Were Homer more proximate to us in time, perhaps we'd worry the details of his daily life as furiously as we do William Shakespeare's. Perhaps -- but probably not. Homer, after all, wrote in Greek and, though Robert Fagles' and Richmond Lattimore's translations are everything a contemporary reader could want, their language is not the poet's.
February 25, 2007
THANK you for your much-deserved attention to classically trained British actors ["Advantage Britain" by Charles McNulty, Feb. 18]. Watching Dame Dench battle-ax her way through her own vulnerabilities and angst while simultaneously and systematically dismantling several lives was breathtaking ["Notes on a Scandal"]. "It's a minefield" indeed! Dame Mirren's flawless roaming from the sublime to the meticulous and back was mesmerizing ["The Queen"]. They inhabit every role they accept, it seems.
October 8, 2006 |
ON a Warner Bros. Television sound stage, Sting is perched on a stool, singing a plaintive, urgent ballad to an absent lover. No surprises here -- except that the song, "Come Again," is more than 400 years old. It was composed by John Dowland, a contemporary of Shakespeare who is considered one of England's greatest songwriters.
February 8, 2004 |
Why isn't there a great movie about Sir Walter Ralegh? His life had everything a star could want: Born a commoner, he fought, flattered and seduced his way through a byzantine court filled with great men to win the favor of England's greatest queen. Once he had money and power he devoted himself to establishing colonies in Ireland and America.
November 3, 2002
I certainly sympathize with David Rambo's annoyance with impolite audience members who prevent each other from listening to a play due to ringing cell phones, crinkling cellophane wrappers and talking among themselves ("The Drama of Listening," Oct. 20). What I find odd is his romantic harking back to the time of Elizabethan drama when theatergoers actually went to "hear a play." Rambo seems to have overlooked that Elizabethan audiences had the far more distracting problems of constant chattering (especially from the rabble in the pit)