February 26, 2010 |
William Hurt was virtually unrecognizable on the recent Golden Globes telecast when the cameras panned to the "Damages" nominee. The 59-year-old actor was sporting a beard of such massively bushy dimensions, he looked as if he had walked off a Smith Brothers' cough drop box. Hurt laughs when the beard is mentioned. "I had just finished 'Moby Dick,' " he explains over a cup of tea in the cozy office of his Beverly Hills publicist. "It's a two-parter for TV we made in Malta and Nova Scotia.
August 14, 2009 |
Roger Bean, writer-director of the long-running musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes," now playing off-Broadway, is back in town with his newest entertainment, "Life Could Be a Dream," at the Hudson Mainstage. If you're in the mood for Eugene O'Neill, give this show a pass. However, if you want unapologetically escapist entertainment, superbly rendered in every particular, this is your ticket. "Dream" is so frothy it floats. Like "Wonderettes," "Dream" features a small cast of lovable characters who group together under a flimsy but serviceable pretext to bop their hearts out and sing vintage rock 'n' roll standards in heavenly harmony.
July 30, 2006
YOUR piece describes a small but still troubling step in the decline of Western Civilization ["A Steady Diet of Plot Luck," July 23]. Untold theater companies around the country, including a number locally, are falling over themselves to mount productions of what amounts to Suzan-Lori Parks' daily musings, simply because she has stature. She is a MacArthur "genius" and a Pulitzer winner for the incoherent, pointless exercise that is "Top Dog/Underdog." She puts on paper anything that comes into her mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2003 |
Eugene O'Neill spent some of his most productive writing years on a ranch in this San Francisco Bay Area suburb -- but you'd never know because the town has no monument to him. Now, local boosters of O'Neill, who died in 1953, want the city to recognize the connection with a plaque, a statue or newly named street. They say one donor has promised $20,000 for a tribute O'Neill, considered by many to be America's greatest playwright, lived and worked in Danville from 1937 to 1944.
January 10, 2002 |
Before he segued into the studied expressionism of his middle career, Nobel Prize winner Eugene O'Neill revolutionized the American stage with gritty dramas about life on the margins--a far cry from the polite chamber comedies and melodramas that were then standard theatrical fare. It's easy to see why "Anna Christie," for which O'Neill won a Pulitzer in the early '20s, must have been such a shocker in its day.
January 6, 2002
In "How the Prize Changed Their Lives" (by Jeff Gottlieb, Dec. 2), Ernest Hemingway's famous words are quoted: "No son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterward." The most notable exception to Hemingway's rule, however, is Eugene O'Neill. No fewer than five of O'Neill's greatest plays--"The Iceman Cometh," "A Moon for the Misbegotten," "Hughie," "A Touch of the Poet" and his masterpiece, "Long Day's Journey Into Night"--were written after he had won the Nobel Prize.