August 16, 1987 |
Eight years ago, a relatively unknown young actor named Mark Lamos was hired out of the East to direct the inaugural season of the California Shakespearean Festival. It happened in Visalia, a pit stop on the way to Sequoia National Park, a city about as uncelebrated as he was. The festival lasted two enchanted summers and offered two plays each and Lamos directed them all. Sublimely. His name was never unknown again.
March 25, 1988 |
Eugene O'Neill's classic "Desire Under the Elms" --the first play directed by an American (Mark Lamos) in the Soviet Union--played to a sold-out audience on a Moscow stage Wednesday night. Lamos, artistic director of the Hartford Stage Company of Connecticut, received a standing ovation. The 870 people at the performance applauded politely in rhythm for the Soviet actors, and then rose to applaud energetically for Lamos.
April 22, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * The Whitney Museum of American Art today opens "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000." Only the first half of the show, examining the years 1900-1950, will be presented now, with the second half to follow in October. In all, 1,400 works--from painting to design to material on dance and film--will explore the changing American character in the 20th century through the eyes of artists. 945 Madison Ave. Open Tues.-Wed., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.
May 11, 2000
What's happening: * "Magritte," an exhibition of 65 works by Rene Magritte including "Le Fils de l'homme (The Son of Man), right, examines his signature style as a forerunner of Pop and Conceptual art, is on view through Sept. 5 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St. (415) 357-4000. * The Judah L. Magnes Museum is hosting "Telling Time: To Everything There Is a Season," which focuses on rituals and tradition for marking time in Jewish culture.
April 16, 1988 |
Glasnost may have its positive side when it comes to promoting world peace and understanding, but it can wreak havoc with theater schedules. Mark Lamos, who was supposed to direct "Lulu," Frank Wedekind's turn-of-the-century play for the La Jolla Playhouse this season, had to cancel when he flew to Moscow last month to become the first American to direct a play in the Soviet Union.
April 9, 2002 |
Early on in "Compleat Female Stage Beauty," which opened Saturday at the Old Globe, Shakespearean actor Edward Kynaston is horrified to learn that King Charles II is about to lift the ban on women appearing on stage. Kynaston had become a superstar by playing female roles and is in the midst of a triumphant run as Desdemona in "Othello" when his world starts to crumble. "A woman playing a woman?" he wails. "What's the trick in that?"