February 27, 2003 |
Belfast Blues: Writer-performer Geraldine Hughes' autobiographical reverie, though small-scaled, is thoroughly satisfying. Hughes, a pint-sized morph of Margaret Lockwood and Emily Watson, with more than a drop o' Lucille Ball, eschews the obvious in her account of growing up in war-torn Belfast and the American "fillum" role that changed her life. Hughes' technique, juggling multiple personas between stylized aspects of herself, is immaculate.
May 16, 2013 |
Though one of the pleasures of DVDs is the appearance in home format of films you know you love, it also can be exciting to come across films that sound as fascinating as they are unfamiliar. Two multi-disc packages fit that format this week. First is “Three Wicked Melodramas From Gainsborough Pictures,” released as part of Criterion's Eclipse Series. This trio of films - “The Man in Grey,” “Madonna of the Seven Moons” and “The Wicked Lady,” with stars such as James Mason, Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger and Phyllis Calvert - are all zesty costume melodramas that thrilled audiences in wartime and postwar Britain.
January 25, 2003 |
A particular thrill accompanies the discovery of outstanding ability, and this sensation attends the Virtual Theatre Project presentation of "Belfast Blues" at the Black Dahlia Theatre. Writer-performer Geraldine Hughes' autobiographical reverie, though small-scaled, is thoroughly satisfying, the most elegant solo performance work seen locally since Tim Miller's "Body Blows."