April 27, 2000 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
April 23, 2013 |
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.
December 17, 2002 |
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.
January 18, 2009 |
"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.
December 25, 2010 |
The transformation of the bard's most majestic role in a new version of 'The Tempest' represents centuries of preparation. Helen Mirren's inhabiting a part traditionally acted by a man reflects a new social reality. In Julie Taymor's film adaptation of "The Tempest," Shakespeare's most magical and majestic role ? a role traditionally played by a man ? is played by Helen Mirren. Prospero becomes Prospera. There is nothing worse than novelty for the sake of novelty, but this transformation is not a gimmick: It says something about Shakespeare, and it says something about who we have become.