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August 22, 2013 | By David Ng
The play is more than 400 years old and we all know how it ends, but suddenly William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is back in vogue. The Scottish tragedy is enticing a number of actors ranging from young to the far side of middle age to play the murderous Thane of Cawdor. On stage, Ethan Hawke is to headline a new production of the play scheduled to open Nov. 21 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Hawke follows Alan Cumming who brought his experimental "Macbeth" to Broadway last season.
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October 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
While other kids were out getting their driver licenses when they were 16, Lisa Kudrow did something else "life-altering": She got a nose job. The "Web Therapy" star recently turned 50 and opened up about childhood and young adult events that affected her. The nose job "was life-altering," Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel in the Saturday Evening Post. "I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before.
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December 26, 1987
I enjoyed Martin Bernheimer's review of the strangest performance of "Macbeth" I have ever seen ("Music Center Imposes Bizarre Kabuki Style on Verdi's 'Macbeth,' " Dec. 14). As a businessman--not a professional musician--I had some misgivings about telling my American friends what I thought of it. I come from a country that is called "underprivileged" or "Third World" by your compatriots. However, a performance such as the one I witnessed on a visit to Los Angeles would have been hissed off the stage in my country--Chile.
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October 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Rufus Norris, who began his career as an actor before turning to directing, has been tapped to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of Britain's presitigious National Theatre. Norris is expected to assume his new role when Hytner steps down at the end of March 2015. The National Theatre has grown in international prominence in recent years with its digital broadcasts to cinemas around the world. The London company's NT Live series has broadcast such high-profile productions as "Frankenstein," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; "Macbeth" with Kenneth Branagh; and "The Audience," with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. CHEATSHEET: Fall arts preview 2013 Norris will be the National Theatre' sixth artistic director.
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June 7, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Playing just 63 performances on Broadway, an acclaimed production of "Macbeth" starring Patrick Stewart earned its producers a cauldron full of money. "Macbeth" made a profit of about $350,000 to $450,000 on an initial investment of $1 million, producer Emanuel Azenberg said in an interview this week. He said he would have a final tally when he received all the bills. "I'm really pleased," Azenberg said. "Only once in a while do we see a Shakespeare that's accessible." The production, laced with video imagery and Soviet-style military costumes, originated at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex, south of London.
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July 1, 1999 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Launching its third season of free outdoor productions, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival's impressive staging of "Macbeth" maintains the company's commitment to thorough professionalism in the remote confines of the California Lutheran campus. A fine cast and high production values forcefully render Shakespeare's most sinister tragedy in all its creepy splendor, without recourse to gimmicky conceits or exotic resettings.
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March 31, 1989 | RAY LOYND
Two years ago, the Inner City Cultural Center and Woodie King Jr. were among the producers of a provocative "audience play" called "Checkmates" that went on to a long run at the Westwood Playhouse. Now, the ICCC and King are embarked on another insightful comedy, "Downpayments," that enjoys an equally promising future.
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August 8, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A performance of "Macbeth" is underway at the Old Globe Theatre's outdoor venue in Balboa Park. But two of the actors are nowhere nearby. Katie MacNichol and Bruce Turk, a married couple who play Lady Macduff and the Bloody Captain, are nearly a mile away, in their temporary apartment north of the park. It's changing-of-the-guard time. The object of their vigil is their son Alexander, 18 months old, who recently went to bed.
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May 31, 1996
Shakespeare on cigarette smoking: "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death" (MacBeth, Act V, Scene V). JERRY HAMBLETON Laguna Beach
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October 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
While other kids were out getting their driver licenses when they were 16, Lisa Kudrow did something else "life-altering": She got a nose job. The "Web Therapy" star recently turned 50 and opened up about childhood and young adult events that affected her. The nose job "was life-altering," Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel in the Saturday Evening Post. "I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before.
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September 4, 2013 | By David Ng
The acclaimed London revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" from the Menier Chocolate Factory will be broadcast to cinemas in the U.S. next month. The musical production will be screened starting Oct. 23 in cinemas across the country. "Merrily We Roll Along," by Sondheim and George Furth, opened at the Menier last fall and later transferred to the West End, where it ran through July. The production received enthusiastic reviews. There has been no announcement regarding a possible Broadway transfer.
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August 22, 2013 | By David Ng
The play is more than 400 years old and we all know how it ends, but suddenly William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is back in vogue. The Scottish tragedy is enticing a number of actors ranging from young to the far side of middle age to play the murderous Thane of Cawdor. On stage, Ethan Hawke is to headline a new production of the play scheduled to open Nov. 21 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Hawke follows Alan Cumming who brought his experimental "Macbeth" to Broadway last season.
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August 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" is getting a total musical makeover in the Public Theater's new staging at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. With director Alex Timbers and songwriter Michael Friedman on board, this version of the Bard's comedy relocates the action from the kingdom of Navarre to a modern-day resort populated by rowdy college graduates. Timbers and Friedman were the minds behind the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which ran at the Kirk Douglas Theatre before transferring to the Public and later to Broadway.
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July 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Kenneth Branagh is back in Bard territory with a new production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that he stars in and co-directed with Rob Ashford at the Manchester International Festival in England. The production marks the first time Branagh has played the Scottish thane and is the actor's first Shakespearean stage role since he played "Richard III" in 2002. "Macbeth" is being performed in a deconsecrated church in the Manchester area. (Branagh-philes will recall that his 1995 comedy "A Midwinter's Tale" featured a production of "Hamlet"  set in an old English church .)
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June 17, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
For all of the attention lavished upon West Coast composers lately, one who has mostly escaped the net is Ernest Bloch. Though Swiss-born, Bloch lived a good deal of his life on the West Coast, directing the San Francisco Conservatory and teaching at UC Berkeley. He spent his last 18 years in the tiny town of Agate Beach on the Oregon coast -- and you can hardly get further West than that.  So Long Beach Opera, champions of the new and/or neglected, stepped into the breach Saturday night, staging what was touted as the U.S. professional premiere of Bloch's sole opera, “Macbeth.” PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times One reason why Bloch has been in eclipse is that as a Romantic out of time, he doesn't fit in with the revival of 20th century West Coast mavericks, even though he was open-minded enough to have assimilated all kinds of styles -- a West Coast trait, if you think about it.  If we hear any Bloch live these days, it is usually his magisterial cello concerto, “Schelomo.” “Macbeth” is an early work, written from 1904 to 1909 when Bloch was in his 20s.  The musical language is actually right in sync with that time, teeming with Richard Strauss flourishes and echoes of Wagner.
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June 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Ethan Hawke has a taste for the macabre. More specifically: “Macbeth.” The actor will star as the king of Scotland in the Shakespeare tragedy at Lincoln Center this winter. Jack O'Brien, whom Hawke worked with on 2006/2007's "The Coast of Utopia" -- a role that earned him a Tony nomination -- will direct. The two also worked together on the 2003-04 Broadway staging of "Henry IV. " “Macbeth,” however, has long been on Hawke's wish list. “It's a part I've always wanted to play,” he said on the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered.” PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage “When you think of violent murders, brutal crimes, nightmarish horrors, you might think of the big city, you might think of Manhattan.
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May 8, 1988
I generally agree with Falkenhagen that a season of relatively unknown and/or obscure operas will not attract many opera-goers, but I disagree with him as to why people did not flock to see "Macbeth." Musically, "Macbeth," sung by competent singers in good voice, is quite wonderful. The Los Angeles production was dreadfully sung and staged, and a poor review along with word of mouth rightfully kept the masses away. TOM LAWSON Long Beach
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April 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Like world-class athletes, actors often measure their achievements by the degree of difficulty. Does a part require an unusual amount of range? An extraordinary number of man hours? Is it simply a matter of a chewy set of lines to get one's lips around? By all these standards, Alan Cumming would be an extreme-sports medalist. In a stage turn that will last nearly two hours, Cumming is set to play the part of Macbeth. Or, rather, the parts of Macbeth, as he tackles 15 roles from the Shakespearean tragedy, including the title character, Banquo, Duncan, Lady Macbeth and plenty of others (as well as, in a story that frames the performance, a disoriented mental patient reenacting the play)
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July 19, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
Meet the Macbeths, a charming, upwardly mobile couple grieving over the death of their only child. Director Jessica Kubzansky's interpretation of Shakespeare's “Macbeth,” currently on view in a satisfyingly foggy, bloody production by the Antaeus Company, opens with a funeral. Macbeth (Rob Nagle in the performance I saw; all the roles are double-cast) and his wife (Tessa Auberjonois) place a tiny shrouded body in a coffin, wordlessly but movingly communicating the couple's grief and mutual love.
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