June 4, 1990 |
"The Piano Lesson" and "City of Angels" were the shows to beat Sunday night for top Tony honors as Broadway celebrated the best of a busy theater season. "The Piano Lesson," August Wilson's drama about a black family confronting its past, already has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle award. Its strongest competition for best play comes from "The Grapes of Wrath," Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's epic novel about 1930s Dust Bowl Okies.
April 29, 1987 |
Alec Guinness was hailed here by friends and colleagues Monday night as being an actor, rather than a star, who has remained "one of the brightest lights" of the acting profession for more than half a century. "And the Force is still with us," proclaimed Vincent Price, borrowing from Guinness' signature line in "Star Wars" to assure a Lincoln Center audience of more than 2,000 that the knighted English actor and his film career live on.
February 6, 1988
CBS News' new "48 Hours" series, anchored by Dan Rather, will shift in March from Tuesday nights to Thursdays opposite NBC's powerhouse "The Bill Cosby Show," a CBS News spokesman said Friday. Word of the move comes just three weeks after "48 Hours" premiered as the third prime-time news series on the network's schedule.
October 7, 1998 |
Like clockwork, Great Britain turns out a great comedic playwright at least once a century. In the 18th century it was Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The 20th had two: Noel Coward and Joe Orton. The 19th century will always be notable for Oscar Wilde, whose "The Importance of Being Earnest" remains one of the most revived plays in the classic repertoire.
April 7, 1991 |
April theater brings a happy mix of old-time comedians, modern-day Marlboro men, yuppies, contract players, chanteuses and priests--plus a famous dead rock star and famous dead writer. The openings include: Today: Obie winner Bradley Rand Smith focuses on a disparate group of modern-day cowboys and Indians in "Mojave," a lab production at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. Charles Otte directs.
August 12, 1993 |
Kids can be unnerved by the most unlikely things. When I was growing up in the late '50s, Howdy Doody spooked me (that huge head with its insane grin and that gangly, jangly body were too much), and the Seven Dwarfs put my sister under her movie seat, wailing. It seems as if everybody has a story about a supposedly innocent childhood character. A good friend of mine once confessed that lovable, dear Mary Poppins rattled her.
March 14, 1988 |
Three minority groups--lawyers, Latinos and the older set--dominate CBS comedies debuting tonight and Tuesday. The latter two have long been underexposed, but lawyers have become TV's overexposed minority--overdone and overflowing, an obsession, affixed to prime time like a brand. At least the central character of "Eisenhower & Lutz"--premiering tonight in half-hour segments at 8:30 and 9:30 (its regular time) on Channels 2 and 8--is a somewhat novel departure for TV lawyers. Bud Lutz Jr.
June 4, 1990 |
"City of Angels" and "Grand Hotel" were the big winners of the 1990 Tony Awards on Sunday, walking off with six and five awards, respectively, including best new musical for "City" and twin Tonys for Tommy Tune as director and choreographer of "Grand Hotel." The award for best performance by a leading actress in a musical, however, eluded both shows, going instead to Tyne Daly for her star turn as Mama Rose in "Gypsy," which also took the prize for best revival of a play or musical.
May 8, 1990 |
The stage can prosper on form ("Cats," "Les Miserables"), content (Pinter, Ionesco, Shakespeare) and performance and any mixtures of the above. Yet there is nothing quite like the star turn to conquer an audience and gallop triumphantly over any lurking difficulties a production might have. Somerset Maugham's "The Circle" was first done nearly 70 years ago, in the very different world of 1921, and by now it seems the very model of the well-made play of a very different time indeed.