March 15, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - All the buzz about "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," the clever new musical comedy pastiche that seems to be wending its Edwardian way to Broadway, is redeemed by the ingenious versatility and quick-change athleticism of actor Jefferson Mays. In this delightfully silly, if not fully cooked show, written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, Mays impersonates a series of English aristocrats - the eccentric fruit from the snooty D'Ysquith family tree - each of whom gets knocked off under circumstances that can only be considered highly suspicious.
March 12, 2013 |
While Jefferson Mays was performing in "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" in the fall of 2012 at Hartford Stage, he recalls, his wife kept overhearing variations on the same remark at intermission: "Isn't it wonderful how they got actors who all look the same to play the different members of the D'Ysquith family?" "It made me very happy and really depressed, simultaneously," says Mays, who was in fact the only actor cast to play all nine D'Ysquiths (DIE-squiths), aristocrats in line for a dukedom who get inventively bumped off one by one by an ambitious relative.
March 8, 2013 |
An American classic staged by a veteran actor, a musical farce to delight Anglophiles, and a reworking of a landmark 19th century drama are just a few of the more promising theater offerings this season. Predicting which will become a hit is always a crapshoot. For those placing bets, the Old Globe's offering has better than even odds, but on paper all of these shows are worth a gamble. 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' In this musical comedy written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, the outcast of the aristocratic D'Ysquith family learns that he's ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, meaning he's a measly eight murders away from easy street.
February 11, 2013 |
Kevin Durant is a nice guy. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has shown that time and again, perhaps most notably back in November when he kissed a woman on the forehead after a ball that he passed hit her on the face. A similar situation took place Sunday in Phoenix during the Thunder's 97-69 victory over the Suns. A ball inadvertently slapped by Durant smacked a woman right in the head. Durant immediately went over to check on the woman, whose head was still down after the collision with the ball.
May 23, 2012 |
A scathing review of the new stage musical "An Officer and a Gentleman" has prompted the show's writer to hit back in an editorial that recently ran in the Australian press. Douglas Day Stewart co-wrote the book for the musical, which based on his original screenplay for the 1982 movie starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger. "Officer" opened earlier this month at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia. The musical has received mixed reviews in the Aussie press, but one review in particular has stood out for its viciousness.
September 29, 2011
'How to Be a Gentleman' Where: CBS When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-PG-DL (may be unsuitable for young children with advisories for suggestive dialogue and coarse language)
September 29, 2011 |
"I am one of the last of my kind," says etiquette columnist Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) at the very top of "How to Be a Gentleman," a new series from CBS, where all comedies are multi-camera comedies, as in days of old, when "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ruled the air. "I open the door for ladies, but I am not a doorman ... I put out cigarettes, but I am not a cigarette putter-out man. " What Andrew is is a throwback, an etiquette columnist at...
February 17, 2011
The 30th annual Ragga Muffins Festival takes over the Long Beach Arena for two days of reggae and roots music, plus crafts and a vendor village. Saturday's lineup includes Bunny Wailer, Rebelution, Gyptian and Half Pint. Sunday features Israel Vibration, Gentleman, I-Octane plus many more. Long Beach Arena. 300 E. Ocean Blvd. 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $47. http://www.raggamuffinsfestival.com.
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October 29, 2010 |
Lisa Blount, who played Debra Winger's best friend in the 1982 movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" and later shared an Academy Award as executive producer of the live-action short film "The Accountant," was found dead in her home in Little Rock, Ark., on Wednesday by her mother. She was 53. Blount, the wife of actor and filmmaker Ray McKinnon, was found in bed holding a cellphone, which she had last used Monday when she told a friend she wasn't feeling well, according to Little Rock police.
October 25, 2009
Re: "Bills weak on denials of coverage," Oct. 19: It was discouraging to read that the healthcare reform bills being debated by Congress would do little to remedy the epidemic of insurance denials. I recently sat next to a gentleman at a flu shot clinic who told me he has good insurance and doesn't care about fixing other people's problems if that means weakening his own coverage. I told him my husband's insurer denied coverage for a chemotherapy drug to treat his colon cancer.