May 16, 2013 |
The musical comedy “A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder” may be nearly as nimble as its lead actor, Jefferson Mays, who plays multiple characters and dies no less than eight times in the production. In its third incarnation, the production will transfer to Broadway this fall, its producers announced Thursday. “A Gentleman's Guide,” based on the Roy Horniman novel “Israel Rank” and directed by Darko Tresnjak, had a joint world premiere as a co-production between the Hartford Stage last fall and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where it recently finished a March 8 to April 14 run. It's set in Britain in the Edwardian era and follows a could-be duke ninth in line to inherit the title.
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.
May 19, 2002 |
If Des McAnuff has learned one thing about Jefferson Mays in the 13 years since they began working together, it's that this little-known but highly regarded stage actor is often at play when he's at work. "With Jefferson, the entire rehearsal process is hysterical," says McAnuff, La Jolla Playhouse artistic director, who is staging Moliere's "Tartuffe" with Mays in the title role.
July 29, 2006 |
The Justice Department's bribery investigation of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) suffered a setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that Jefferson was entitled to review documents investigators seized during a raid of his Capitol Hill office and file objections. The order from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upsets a ruling by a lower court judge that the search of Jefferson's office -- believed to be the first in congressional history -- was proper.
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.
August 30, 1994 |
When we last saw Tom and Sally, they were back on the farm, entertaining friends, watching their children grow up and slowly, inexorably, going broke. He was, of course, our improvident third President, Thomas Jefferson, settling into uneasy retirement at Monticello, his northern Virginia plantation. And she was the mysterious Sally Hemings, a Monticello slave, with whom, according to some historians, Jefferson had seven children.