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May 18, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
“To mortal man, how great a scourge is love,” is one of countless ingenious lines that adorn “The Children” at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Michael Elyanow's stunning riff on the Medea myth rips Euripides into current-day context, and rams its meanings into our brainpans. Beginning before a Stygian drape that masks designer François-Pierre Couture's jagged-wood set, an aptly named Man-In-Slacks and Woman-In-Sundress (Sonny Valicenti and Paige Lindsey White, both beyond praise)
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December 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Hard as it is to believe that an opera singer can make gossip headlines, Maria Callas was, in her prime, a media phenomenon whose personal life was fodder for journalists and chroniclers of high society.  A symbol of jet-set elegance, Callas was a temperamental celebrity who had a fiery love life. Her diva-hood  on and off the stage was legendary. The American-born Greek soprano would have been 90 on Monday, a fact marked by a Google tribute. Callas was born in New York in 1923 to Greek immigrant parents.
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December 11, 2002 | Linda Winer, Newsday
NEW YORK -- Of all the high-profile attempts to open Broadway's sleepy eyes to far-flung artistry, nothing this season compares to the daring, the intimate theatricality and revelatory humanity of Fiona Shaw in "Medea." Forget all assumed familiarity with Euripides' tragedy or the impulse to dismiss infanticide as, well, perhaps a holiday downer.
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November 26, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Steeped in star-crossed tragedy, mordant humor and paranormal activity - in other words, an Irish play to its core - Marina Carr's contemporary take on the story of Medea, “By the Bog of Cats,” elicits suitably haunting performances from Theatre Banshee. Not merely the mythological avenger of romantic betrayal, Medea's present-day incarnation, Hester Swain (Kacey Camp), has evolved into a more complex victim of socioeconomic oppression, though her parenting practices still leave something to be desired.
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July 2, 1999 | PHILIP BRANDES
One can only hope for plenty of camp from anything called "Medea: The Musical," and this gay-themed romp at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre certainly delivers, though not without limitations. Director-writer John Fisher has crafted an energetic song-and-dance treatment of the jilted Corinthian Queen who turns to infanticide as payback for her husband's disloyalty.
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June 4, 2009 | Diane Haithman
UCLA Live will kick off its 2009-10 performing arts season with a world premiere that also represents the first original production to be created by the UCLA Live series: a new interpretation of the Euripides classic "Medea," starring Annette Bening and directed by Croatia's Lenki Udovicki. In an interview Wednesday, series artistic and executive director David Sefton said that despite the fact that Udovicki does most of her theater and opera directing abroad, she and her husband, Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija, are based in Los Angeles and Udovicki was eager to do a production here.
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December 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Hard as it is to believe that an opera singer can make gossip headlines, Maria Callas was, in her prime, a media phenomenon whose personal life was fodder for journalists and chroniclers of high society.  A symbol of jet-set elegance, Callas was a temperamental celebrity who had a fiery love life. Her diva-hood  on and off the stage was legendary. The American-born Greek soprano would have been 90 on Monday, a fact marked by a Google tribute. Callas was born in New York in 1923 to Greek immigrant parents.
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December 4, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Tribune Newspapers
If it had not caught the attention of a handful of important readers, Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the Bones" would most likely have quietly faded into obscurity; many worthy books do. Now, however, this novel about a poor Mississippi family in the weeks leading up to 2005's Hurricane Katrina has a prominent place in bookstores and boasts the gold medallion that comes with winning the 2011 National Book Award. Book awards are marvelously idiosyncratic. While major film and music awards are based on the votes of a large group - meaning there is a general consensus or popularity - book awards are frequently selected by just a few people.
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September 13, 2009 | Charles McNulty, THEATER CRITIC
LOCAL 'Medea' Few roles are as ferociously inviting to powerhouse actresses as Medea, the title character of Euripides' ancient masterpiece who sets out to teach her two-timing husband, Jason, a lesson he surely will never forget. Essaying the role in UCLA Live's production, directed by Lenka Udovicki, is Annette Bening, who will get to exercise her more menacing muscles. No stranger to dramatic malice, Bening won Oscar nominations for her portrayals of chilly connivers in "The Grifters" and "American Beauty."
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November 26, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Steeped in star-crossed tragedy, mordant humor and paranormal activity - in other words, an Irish play to its core - Marina Carr's contemporary take on the story of Medea, “By the Bog of Cats,” elicits suitably haunting performances from Theatre Banshee. Not merely the mythological avenger of romantic betrayal, Medea's present-day incarnation, Hester Swain (Kacey Camp), has evolved into a more complex victim of socioeconomic oppression, though her parenting practices still leave something to be desired.
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April 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
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May 18, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
“To mortal man, how great a scourge is love,” is one of countless ingenious lines that adorn “The Children” at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Michael Elyanow's stunning riff on the Medea myth rips Euripides into current-day context, and rams its meanings into our brainpans. Beginning before a Stygian drape that masks designer François-Pierre Couture's jagged-wood set, an aptly named Man-In-Slacks and Woman-In-Sundress (Sonny Valicenti and Paige Lindsey White, both beyond praise)
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December 4, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Tribune Newspapers
If it had not caught the attention of a handful of important readers, Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the Bones" would most likely have quietly faded into obscurity; many worthy books do. Now, however, this novel about a poor Mississippi family in the weeks leading up to 2005's Hurricane Katrina has a prominent place in bookstores and boasts the gold medallion that comes with winning the 2011 National Book Award. Book awards are marvelously idiosyncratic. While major film and music awards are based on the votes of a large group - meaning there is a general consensus or popularity - book awards are frequently selected by just a few people.
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September 25, 2009 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
Euripides' "Medea" taps into primal emotions that frighten and fascinate us in equal measure. Try as you may to interpret the tale of a wife who, having sacrificed everything for her husband, murders their children to punish him for his unfaithfulness, there's a mystery, a strangeness at the heart of this shocking crime that is ultimately irreducible. That strangeness is taken to a new level in UCLA Live's whirligig production, which opened Wednesday at the Freud Playhouse with an unsteady Annette Bening in the title role.
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September 20, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
The wail plays like a primitive call to prayer in some undetermined Middle Eastern city. The sound is low, primal, an almost guttural cry -- and it takes a moment to realize that the noise is actually human, that it's emanating from a corner of the womb-like rehearsal room deep in the bowels of UCLA's Royce Hall. The source is unexpected -- a faceless woman slung up against a wall, a scarlet scarf covering her head. When the woman takes the stage, she is no longer crying but almost anesthetized -- blinded -- by pain.
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September 13, 2009 | Charles McNulty, THEATER CRITIC
LOCAL 'Medea' Few roles are as ferociously inviting to powerhouse actresses as Medea, the title character of Euripides' ancient masterpiece who sets out to teach her two-timing husband, Jason, a lesson he surely will never forget. Essaying the role in UCLA Live's production, directed by Lenka Udovicki, is Annette Bening, who will get to exercise her more menacing muscles. No stranger to dramatic malice, Bening won Oscar nominations for her portrayals of chilly connivers in "The Grifters" and "American Beauty."
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April 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
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April 15, 2001
Theater numbers-The reservation number for "Medea" at Celebration Theatre is (310) 289-2999. The number for "Weights," at the Actors' Gang is (213) 628-2772. Incorrect numbers ran April 8 in Sunday Calendar.
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June 4, 2009 | Diane Haithman
UCLA Live will kick off its 2009-10 performing arts season with a world premiere that also represents the first original production to be created by the UCLA Live series: a new interpretation of the Euripides classic "Medea," starring Annette Bening and directed by Croatia's Lenki Udovicki. In an interview Wednesday, series artistic and executive director David Sefton said that despite the fact that Udovicki does most of her theater and opera directing abroad, she and her husband, Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija, are based in Los Angeles and Udovicki was eager to do a production here.
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September 21, 2007 | Charlotte Stoudt, Special to The Times
Scheming seductress, scorned wife, vengeful lover: The tragic figure of Medea carries all the worst labels applied to women but can't be contained by any of them. Dutch ensemble Dood Paard's cerebral, sly telling of her fierce and bloody tale plays through the weekend at Macgowan Little Theater as part of UCLA's International Theatre Festival.
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