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January 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shaw is re-teaming with director Deborah Warner for a new stage adaptation of novelist Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary. " The one-woman drama, scheduled to open April 22 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being backed by uber-producer Scott Rudin. The play is to have a limited run in New York through June 16. "Mary" provides a speculative account of what happened to the virgin following the crucifixion of Jesus.
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April 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
More than 25 years after Roddy Doyle wrote "The Commitments," the bestselling book-turned-movie is bound for London's West End. The scrappy story about a group of down-and-out Dubliners who form a soul band will open on Oct. 8 at the Palace Theatre. Doyle co-wrote the script for the 1991 movie of the same name, but was reluctant to adapt the story for the stage. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage In part because of "The Commitments'” on-screen success, and until he saw "Jersey Boys,” the novelist, well, didn't care for musicals.
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April 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
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April 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
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April 27, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acclaimed British theater and opera director Deborah Warner makes an impressive transition to feature films with the period drama "The Last September," which opens Friday. Based on Elizabeth Bowen's classic novel, "Last September" examines the end of the British rule in Ireland--circa 1920--and with it, the demise of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who were the wealthy heirs of English immigrants in Ireland. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Lambert Wilson and Jane Birkin star.
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March 28, 2013 | By David Ng
A Catholic group is speaking out against a new Broadway play by Irish novelist Colm Toibin that offers an alternative interpretation of the life of the Virgin Mary. "The Testament of Mary," starring Fiona Shaw, began preview performances this week at the Walter Kerr Theatre.  The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property published a lengthy statement on its website in which it called the play "blasphemous. " "The Irish writer gives free rein to his imagination when expressing his contempt for the Gospels, Christian tradition, and Mary Most Holy," the group wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
More than 25 years after Roddy Doyle wrote "The Commitments," the bestselling book-turned-movie is bound for London's West End. The scrappy story about a group of down-and-out Dubliners who form a soul band will open on Oct. 8 at the Palace Theatre. Doyle co-wrote the script for the 1991 movie of the same name, but was reluctant to adapt the story for the stage. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage In part because of "The Commitments'” on-screen success, and until he saw "Jersey Boys,” the novelist, well, didn't care for musicals.
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December 17, 2002 | Charles McNulty, Special to The Times
For an actress with dreams of a Tony award, a tragedy from 431 BC might just provide the winning role she's been looking for. "Medea," Euripides' proto-feminist potboiler about a woman who murders her children to exact revenge on her faithless husband, has landed theater's top acting honor for three actresses: Judith Anderson (1948), Zoe Caldwell (1982) and Diana Rigg (1994). And if early indications hold true, a fourth name may soon be added.
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January 18, 2009 | Sheri Linden
"The word 'actress' has always seemed less a job description to me than a title," Gene Tierney once observed. If she were still among us, the star of stage and screen might be surprised to find tarnished whatever cachet, in the glamour-gilded 1940s and '50s, was attached to the word. If "actress" is indeed a title, in many quarters it is no longer considered one of distinction.
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April 10, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Rock "Tempest" Honored: A rock 'n' roll version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and a drama about four South London clergymen were named the British theater season's best musical and play at the Laurence Olivier Awards in London. In a ceremony Sunday at the Dominion Theatre, Bob Carlton's "Return to the Forbidden Planet" (the Shakespeare adaptation) unexpectedly beat out the favorite, "Miss Saigon," in the musical category.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By David Ng
A Catholic group is speaking out against a new Broadway play by Irish novelist Colm Toibin that offers an alternative interpretation of the life of the Virgin Mary. "The Testament of Mary," starring Fiona Shaw, began preview performances this week at the Walter Kerr Theatre.  The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property published a lengthy statement on its website in which it called the play "blasphemous. " "The Irish writer gives free rein to his imagination when expressing his contempt for the Gospels, Christian tradition, and Mary Most Holy," the group wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shaw is re-teaming with director Deborah Warner for a new stage adaptation of novelist Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary. " The one-woman drama, scheduled to open April 22 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being backed by uber-producer Scott Rudin. The play is to have a limited run in New York through June 16. "Mary" provides a speculative account of what happened to the virgin following the crucifixion of Jesus.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2002 | Charles McNulty, Special to The Times
For an actress with dreams of a Tony award, a tragedy from 431 BC might just provide the winning role she's been looking for. "Medea," Euripides' proto-feminist potboiler about a woman who murders her children to exact revenge on her faithless husband, has landed theater's top acting honor for three actresses: Judith Anderson (1948), Zoe Caldwell (1982) and Diana Rigg (1994). And if early indications hold true, a fourth name may soon be added.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acclaimed British theater and opera director Deborah Warner makes an impressive transition to feature films with the period drama "The Last September," which opens Friday. Based on Elizabeth Bowen's classic novel, "Last September" examines the end of the British rule in Ireland--circa 1920--and with it, the demise of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who were the wealthy heirs of English immigrants in Ireland. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Lambert Wilson and Jane Birkin star.
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December 8, 1996 | Kevin Thomas
Daniel Day-Lewis' (pictured with Ruth McCabe) multiple award-winning performance as Irish poet-painter Christy Brown keys this fierce, unsentimental 1989 portrait of an artist whose cerebral palsy spared only his left foot for communication and whose impoverished background left him open to upper-class scorn and condescension; he triumphed over both.
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March 27, 1993 | RAY LOYND
The "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation of "Hedda Gabler" (at 9 p.m. Sunday on KCET-TV Channel 28 and KPBS-TV Channel 15, 8 p.m. on KVCR-TV Channel 24) is such a nervously paced, demanding production that it seems likely that only viewers familiar with the play will be able to feel the tragedy of an anti-heroine who, caged like a bird, withdraws into her red music room and kills herself.
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