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.
March 25, 2006 |
NO writer more than Eugene O'Neill exemplifies Yeats' notion of the artist forced to choose "perfection of the life, or of the work." After a suicide attempt at 23, the man who would eventually be considered the founding father of American drama resolved to turn himself into a playwright.
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.