June 10, 2005 |
It is a round, unvarnish'd tale delivered by "Othello," which opens the summer repertory season at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Director Ellen Geer and company propel William Shakespeare's masterpiece of toxic jealousy past some tonal bumps with plain-spoken precision. Audiences have responded to the interracial psychology and thwarted ambition of "Othello" since 1604, and the title role has tested tragedians from Edmund Kean to Laurence Fishburne.
May 6, 2007 |
There's a wonderful old theater story about Laurence Olivier in the 1960s — he was playing in "Othello" and receiving generally glowing notices opposite Frank Findlay and a young actress by the name of Maggie Smith. One night, however, as he stormed through the jealous general's odyssey, Olivier seemed to be on fire (not literally, of course, because that would be painful, and, while certainly an interesting if too literal take on the Moor's passionate histrionics, pretty "out there" as an interpretation of Shakespeare, even for the '60s)
September 30, 2002 |
Shakespeare's genius in "Othello" is partly to keep us from asking when there's been time or opportunity for Desdemona to have slept with Cassio. (There hasn't been any.) But questions about what's going on in Lar Lubovitch's "Othello," danced by San Francisco Ballet in its Southern California premiere over the weekend at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, start at the very beginning.
July 24, 2006 |
In approaching the drama entry in this year's annual two-play outdoor Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, artistic director Michael J. Arndt resists the resetting bug and keeps his "Othello" grounded in the 1600 Cyprus and Venice of Shakespeare's text.
October 15, 2006 |
Starting any creative venture is difficult--a movie, a painting, a Sunday magazine feature. In 1996, we were starting a CBS sitcom called "Everybody Loves Raymond," and it was not what anyone would call a smash out of the gate. I knew that all shows needed a little time to grow, to try things on and see if they fit. But networks and studios don't really have that time. There was a particular studio executive who knew this and took advantage. Let's call him Iago.
December 14, 1995 |
Laurence Fishburne is superb as the noble Moor of Oliver Parker's sleek, refreshingly unpretentious "Othello." Fishburne has everything it takes to make Shakespeare's tragic hero work: talent, intellect, depth, imposing physical presence, innate dignity, handsomeness, sex appeal and a resonant voice.
October 7, 1988 |
Ted Lange knows there are people who will never see him beyond "The Love Boat." "There's a lot of skepticism, because I'm not known for (stage work)," said the actor. "I remember going to the New York Shakespeare Festival and they really didn't want to see me--you know, I'm sitcom. I read a scene from 'Romeo and Juliet' for Jack O'Brien at the Old Globe, and he said (with surprise), 'You're good . Why do you do television?' I said, 'Um, it's kind of a way to make a living.'
September 1, 1997 |
Watching a great Shakespeare play outside under the stars can be a remarkably civil and civilizing pleasure. When a servant brushes her mistress' hair just before bedtime, the two women fall into a discussion of men, ethics and relativity. Desdemona (Christina Haag), a devoted wife, offers that she would not deceive her husband for all the world. Brushing and thinking, the servant Emilia (Katherine McGrath) weighs her mistress' heartfelt opinion and decides it is not thought through.
July 28, 2000 |
You might have thought Shakespeare did an adequate job wrapping up his story lines, but here in Los Angeles, a property with the enduring box office of "Othello" is always fair game for a sequel. Taking up his quill to continue the Moor's tragic saga in "The Trial of Othello" at Theatre West is veteran producer-writer Sherwood Schwartz, creator of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch."