August 21, 1996 |
It's been a long intermission--383 years. The blare of trumpets from the $45-million reconstruction of William Shakespeare's circular, open-air Globe Theater Tuesday heralded the first performance since the original burned down in 1613. As actors warmed up for a short season of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," staff members anxiously watched for signs of tempests above the painstakingly rebuilt wood-and-thatch construction on the south bank of the River Thames.
October 21, 2003 |
English men have always loved to put on dresses. But when the British-born, American-raised, London-based actor Mark Rylance dons the Elizabethan black and white-lace frock of Olivia for the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre production of "Twelfth Night," the actor glides across the stage in a hoop-skirt-assisted moon walk, takes shallow little breaths, then falls in love across the gender divide and back again. It's a performance that's altogether more transgender than transvestite.
November 14, 2005 |
Full of unsympathetic characters and wild deviations of plot, Shakespeare's so-called problem plays are meditations on excess that helped shape the tragic vision of the masterpieces to come. In exploring the impossibility of ever reforming human nature or society, he sometimes paints himself into a corner (in the unfinished "Timon of Athens," for instance).
August 30, 2003 |
Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow and British actor Joseph Fiennes will re-create the famous "Romeo and Juliet" balcony scene for Prince Charles at a charity show, organizers said Thursday. The co-stars of the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love" will play the star-crossed lovers for the heir to the throne. Among other actors performing selected Shakespeare scenes at the replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London on Monday will be Paul Scofield, Diana Rigg and Jane Lapotaire.
July 25, 1987
Requiem Mass was celebrated Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale for Velma Connor, who performed in vaudeville with her late twin sister, Thelma, and then went on to a film career in the early 1930s. She was 82. Velma Connor died on Sunday at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Hollywood, where she was receiving treatment for heart and circulatory problems. Her sister died in 1981. The Connor Twins began on the stage with Gus Edwards in 1921, then appeared in The Ziegfeld Follies.
August 2, 1997
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "Saturday Journal": Betsy Palmer, Congressional Record; Mindy Tucker, communications director for Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas); David Sandretti, press secretary for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), 5 a.m. C-SPAN. "Today": preparing a child for kindergarten, 6 a.m. (4)(36). "Evans & Novak": Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), 2:30 p.m., repeats Sunday, 7 a.m. CNN. "John McLaughlin's One on One": pain, 2:30 p.m. (28).