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April 12, 1996 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
C. Bernard Jackson's "Iago," in LATC's Theatre 3, gives a radically revisionistic slant to Shakespeare's "Othello." A revival of the 1979 Inner City Cultural Center production, "Iago" could best be described as a "What If?" play. What if Iago were not a scheming dastard after all, but a much-maligned victim of racism and internecine politics? In Jackson's version, Iago (J.D.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Ng
Blair Underwood will be adding some star power to the Old Globe's annual summer lineup of plays by William Shakespeare. The actor will appear in the Old Globe's production of "Othello" scheduled to run June 22 to July 27 at the company's outdoor stage in San Diego. The official opening night is set for June 28. Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein, a veteran of New York's Public Theater, will direct the production. Underwood will play the title role in "Othello" opposite the previously announced Richard Thomas as Iago and "House of Cards" actress Kristen Connolly as Desdemona.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat This will mark the first time that Underwood has performed at the Old Globe.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Ng
Blair Underwood will be adding some star power to the Old Globe's annual summer lineup of plays by William Shakespeare. The actor will appear in the Old Globe's production of "Othello" scheduled to run June 22 to July 27 at the company's outdoor stage in San Diego. The official opening night is set for June 28. Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein, a veteran of New York's Public Theater, will direct the production. Underwood will play the title role in "Othello" opposite the previously announced Richard Thomas as Iago and "House of Cards" actress Kristen Connolly as Desdemona.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat This will mark the first time that Underwood has performed at the Old Globe.
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November 24, 2011
John Neville Canadian actor and stage director John Neville, 86, a British-born Canadian actor and stage director who played the title role in Terry Gilliam's 1988 film "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and had a recurring role in "The X-Files" TV series in the 1990s, died Saturday in Toronto. He had Alzheimer's disease. His death was announced by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, where he had worked as an artistic director in the 1980s. Neville appeared in dozens of movies, television shows and theater productions during a career that spanned six decades.
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February 15, 1992
Jose Ferrer, amigo, you now rest in peace, but your voice will reverberate forever. Your Iago had no peer. Your Cyrano was the best ever! JULIO L. FRANCESCONI Los Angeles
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October 27, 1991
There was one major error of omission in the story "The Land of the One-Legged Man" by Peter S. Goodman (Sept. 22): The present and chronic warring in Cambodia is squarely on the heads of Richard M. Nixon and his foreign policy Iago, Henry Kissinger. Their decision to illegally and secretly bomb Cambodia in 1969 set in motion a line of dominoes that has been falling on the people of that region ever since. TERRY KING Los Angeles
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November 24, 2011
John Neville Canadian actor and stage director John Neville, 86, a British-born Canadian actor and stage director who played the title role in Terry Gilliam's 1988 film "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and had a recurring role in "The X-Files" TV series in the 1990s, died Saturday in Toronto. He had Alzheimer's disease. His death was announced by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, where he had worked as an artistic director in the 1980s. Neville appeared in dozens of movies, television shows and theater productions during a career that spanned six decades.
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May 11, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Campbell, one of the region's most visible classical actors, is a natural to play Iago. His performance as the grand schemer is the most interesting aspect of an unimaginative "Othello" at Laguna Playhouse. Lithe as a fox, Campbell speaks Shakespearean as if it were his first tongue. When his Iago is with others, his face never betrays his villainy--but when they're not looking, his eyes size up the situation in a single glance.
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December 19, 1999 | John Henken
The burgeoning examination of the musical heritage of colonial Mexico has revealed another fertile period of cross-cultural fusion, as Native Americans were trained in European styles. The bulk of this anthology of short pieces and readings relevant to the revelation of the Virgin of Guadalupe are early 17th century Spanish songs and Latin liturgical pieces by Guatemalan Indian Tomas Pascual.
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October 16, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Performed by a 12-member cast on a bare stage, the Cheek by Jowl modern-dress "Othello" focuses all its considerable energies on how eagerly Shakespeare's characters stumble toward disaster. The 14-year-old British company made its local debut on Thursday in the Freud Playhouse as part of the UCLA Live International Theatre Festival, avoiding any suggestion of Venetian pomp or Cypriot atmosphere but resourcefully clarifying the text.
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February 29, 2008 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Iago is notorious not just for making Othello run amok with jealousy. He's also a brazen scene stealer, offering an actor abundant opportunities to eclipse the play's tragically duped protagonist. In the Theatre @ Boston Court's all-female take on "Othello," a co-production with the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, Iago actually deserves title-character status.
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October 19, 2005 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
What's right with A Noise Within's "Othello" is what's wrong with this handsome but flawed production of Shakespeare's corrosive tragedy: Geoff Elliott's deliciously loathsome Iago. Closely bearded, lean and mean in black leather, Elliott, who co-directs with Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, is an Iago so assured of his dominance over the pawns in his own psychopathic drama that when he's not dripping venom, he's sputtering with barely contained, explosive glee. It's a blast to watch.
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October 16, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Performed by a 12-member cast on a bare stage, the Cheek by Jowl modern-dress "Othello" focuses all its considerable energies on how eagerly Shakespeare's characters stumble toward disaster. The 14-year-old British company made its local debut on Thursday in the Freud Playhouse as part of the UCLA Live International Theatre Festival, avoiding any suggestion of Venetian pomp or Cypriot atmosphere but resourcefully clarifying the text.
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May 10, 2004 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
No wonder Othello is so angry. How could he not be, when Shakespeare gave him title billing in a play, then turned around and heaped all the zingy lines, not to mention the laughs, on that weaselly underling Iago? The scheming ensign who topples the great general once again emerged as the audience favorite in free weekend performances of "Othello" by Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater.
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December 19, 1999 | John Henken
The burgeoning examination of the musical heritage of colonial Mexico has revealed another fertile period of cross-cultural fusion, as Native Americans were trained in European styles. The bulk of this anthology of short pieces and readings relevant to the revelation of the Virgin of Guadalupe are early 17th century Spanish songs and Latin liturgical pieces by Guatemalan Indian Tomas Pascual.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Campbell, one of the region's most visible classical actors, is a natural to play Iago. His performance as the grand schemer is the most interesting aspect of an unimaginative "Othello" at Laguna Playhouse. Lithe as a fox, Campbell speaks Shakespearean as if it were his first tongue. When his Iago is with others, his face never betrays his villainy--but when they're not looking, his eyes size up the situation in a single glance.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 2008 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Iago is notorious not just for making Othello run amok with jealousy. He's also a brazen scene stealer, offering an actor abundant opportunities to eclipse the play's tragically duped protagonist. In the Theatre @ Boston Court's all-female take on "Othello," a co-production with the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, Iago actually deserves title-character status.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2005 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
What's right with A Noise Within's "Othello" is what's wrong with this handsome but flawed production of Shakespeare's corrosive tragedy: Geoff Elliott's deliciously loathsome Iago. Closely bearded, lean and mean in black leather, Elliott, who co-directs with Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, is an Iago so assured of his dominance over the pawns in his own psychopathic drama that when he's not dripping venom, he's sputtering with barely contained, explosive glee. It's a blast to watch.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1996 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
C. Bernard Jackson's "Iago," in LATC's Theatre 3, gives a radically revisionistic slant to Shakespeare's "Othello." A revival of the 1979 Inner City Cultural Center production, "Iago" could best be described as a "What If?" play. What if Iago were not a scheming dastard after all, but a much-maligned victim of racism and internecine politics? In Jackson's version, Iago (J.D.
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August 31, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The gremlin known as Frustration runs through the Vanguard Theatre Ensemble's production of Shakespeare's "Othello," but in all practicality, there's very little to be done about it. "Othello" itself is frustration on a grand scale, a booming, bloody symphony of miscalculations and missed opportunities. On a lesser scale, director Terry Gunkel's staging also sometimes misses. Jason Grubbe's Iago occasionally seems like a world-weary professional student at Oxford making mischief.
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