October 12, 2012 |
With his shock of silver-gray hair, his face etched by time with the lean expressiveness of a Giacometti sculpture and his soulful eyes registering every fleeting hurt and happiness, John Hurt bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Beckett in the distinguished British actor's magnificent rendition of "Krapp's Last Tape" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. For anyone needing a reminder that theater can be an art (and not just a scrappy entertainment), this beautifully mounted production of Beckett's play, directed by Michael Colgan of Dublin's Gate Theatre, is not to be missed.
June 7, 2012 |
John Hurt performing Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" will be among the highlights of the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Thursday by Center Theatre Group. The season will feature a total of five main productions, including the world premiere of the plays “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez and "The Nether" by Jennifer Haley. Opening the season will be "Elephant Room" (Aug. 22 to Sept. 16), an ensemble piece that will make its West Coast premiere.
June 17, 2001 |
The folk side of blues icon Hurt's folk-blues equation gets the play here, with light-fingered picking and easy-ambling singing applied to heroic myth (Beck's "Stagolee"), gospel (John Hiatt's "I'm Satisfied") and scenes from life (Steve & Justin Earle's "Candy Man"). Executive producer Peter Case teams with Dave Alvin for a rich "Monday Morning Blues," while Geoff Muldaur (with two daughters) echoes his boho-hippie jug-band past with the giddy "Chicken."
May 7, 1998 |
What happens when an older, very English discerning man of letters on one side of the big pond falls for an all-American teen movie heartthrob on the other? As the love-struck writer in "Love and Death on Long Island," John Hurt's Giles De'Ath (death, get it?) eventually leaves his London study, hops on a plane and heads for the fictional Chesterton, Long Island, N.Y., home of Jason Priestley's Ronnie Bostock.
December 17, 1995 |
Barry Navidi is still trying to figure out just what happened. Last July he was on location in Ballycotton, Ireland, making a $13-million movie--modest by Hollywood standards but impressive for a fledgling producer from London, especially since it starred Marlon Brando and Debra Winger and had Johnny Depp and John Hurt in supporting roles. A month later he was hoofing it in Beverly Hills--no hotel suite, staying with a friend, having lost his home, his money, his partner's money, his partner's father's money, an outside backer's money and seven years of work on a picture that folded after two weeks of shooting.
September 30, 1994 |
"Second Best" is such a splendid, intimate film you worry that it's going to get lost in the thicket of much bigger, far more highly publicized fall releases. The irony is that for all its modesty of scale it has the universal appeal of a richly realized father-and-son relationship, portrayed by William Hurt, in one of the finest performances of his career, and by a remarkable newcomer, neophyte actor Chris Cleary Miles.