November 23, 2013 |
Brian Dennehy sat cross-legged on a stool and bent to rub his aching right knee and shin. His day of rehearsing "The Steward of Christendom" would soon be done. But the physical nicks and dings that the former Columbia University football lineman and ex-Marine copes with at age 75 weren't his main concern. He was more worried about getting his head around the part he'd handpicked for himself to play at the Mark Taper Forum, knowing full well that it's a forbidding green monster. Green because it's Irish, Dennehy's favorite flavor by birth.
December 30, 2013 |
Saturated fat's bad, bad image - the evil ingredient that supposedly makes people fat and keeps them that way, while clogging our blood vessels and raising our cardiovascular risk - has been getting a bit of a makeover. That shouldn't surprise anyone too much. Just a few years ago, anything but a low-fat diet was considered sure to doom people to a life of obesity. Then studies began finding that “good” fats such as those from olives, nuts and some fish were healthful for us and that people on diets high in refined carbohydrates - so-called high-glycemic diets --lost less weight than those on some diets richer in fats, even when the groups ate the same number of calories.
April 21, 2010 |
Kevin Tighe doesn't mention "Emergency!" in his biography in the program for the Mark Taper Forum's production of the acclaimed dark comedy "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo." The 65-year-old actor originated the title role in Rajiv Joseph's audacious, Iraqi War-themed play when it premiered last year at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Currently in previews at the Taper with the original cast, the Pulitzer Prize finalist officially opens April 25 and continues through May 30. So is Tighe embarrassed over his starring role as L.A. fireman-paramedic Roy DeSoto in the 1972-77 series from producer Jack Webb that also starred Randolph Mantooth as his partner, along with singer Julie London and her husband, "Route 66" composer Bobby Troup.
March 12, 2014 |
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well. PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
December 19, 2012 |
Amanda Seyfried may have put it best: "I'm just so sick of my part," she said half in jest of her role as Cossette, but as an explanation for why she put "I Dreamed a Dream" into her karaoke machine and sang Fantine's iconic song in her bedroom. "It wasn't as good as yours," she said with a laugh to Anne Hathaway, who plays the role in "Les Miserables," during the Envelope Screening Series. When asked what other parts they would like to sing, both Hathaway and co-star Hugh Jackman said it would be Inspector Javert's "Stars," sung in the film by Russell Crowe.
October 5, 2010
How high is too high when it comes to your blood pressure? A reading of 140/90 and up is considered high. About two-thirds of Americans older than 65 have high blood pressure, and more may experience pre-hypertension. There's no quick and easy way to reduce blood pressure, but a combination of exercise and eating right can help. DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension , published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlines specific foods and serving sizes for a 2,000-calorie diet that may help bring your numbers down.