January 2, 2005
"The AVIATOR" brings to mind an audition in 1977. An actor, not well known, came into the production office seeking the title role in a long-form television special of Howard Hughes. We told him that Hughes came from Texas. Could he manage a Texas accent? His reply was one not easily forgotten. "Which part of Texas?" Tommy Lee Jones left the office with the part secure. He not only sounded like Hughes from film clips, he even looked like him. He was, critics agreed, quite wonderful in "The Amazing Howard Hughes."
November 4, 1993 |
Though Australian wines are still not a major part of the American market, they are making inroads because of their good value. John Gay, U.S. representative for Rosemount Estate of Australia, estimates that, in 1985, no more than 50,000 cases of Australian wine were sold in the United States. Last year, that figure was 1.2 million cases, enough to push Australia past Germany as the No. 4 source of wine imports in the U.S. In Britain, however, Australian wines are having even more of an impact.
January 12, 1988 |
"The Beggar's Opera." Home Vision. $49.95. Resorting to his familiar, all-purpose BBC Shakespeare style, director Jonathan Miller offers pretentious pictorialism and crude histrionics in place of an incisive concept in this studio staging of John Gay's still-trenchant 1728 ballad opera. This time, there are tableaux out of Hogarth and a new ending for the opera (here Macheath does die).
September 17, 1990 |
San Diego Comic Opera made its bow Friday night with a raucous period production of John Gay's bawdy musical parody "The Beggar's Opera." It would be refreshing to report that, after a decade as the San Diego Gilbert & Sullivan Company, the revamped company emerged from its cocoon a glorious Monarch butterfly. In fact, this caterpillar was barely given a face lift.
March 6, 1998 |
Don't be misled by the shopping mall surroundings--professional polish and high-energy exuberance distinguish the Pasadena Shakespeare Company's handsome revival of "The Beggar's Opera." For all its potshots at social hypocrisy, John Gay's 18th century satirical classic is a frothier, zippier affair than the darker Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill "Threepenny Opera" adaptation, and director Dana Marley delivers a suitably spirited staging.
July 30, 1989 |
Randy Shilts, author of the best-selling history of AIDS "And the Band Played On," is waxing enthusiastic about screenwriter John Gay's four-hour miniseries adaptation for NBC, now in final revisions. "I'm pleased with it, to be honest. I'm surprised," Shilts told us. "It includes the major political themes (from the book) dealing with the negligence of the federal government and various institutions" in responding to the crisis.