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August 3, 1991
I attended the benefit for the Grove Shakespeare Festival last night ("A Midsummer Night's Eve at the Grove II" on July 29) and found it overwhelming in its power. The best of Shakespeare can really knock the socks off you ("To be or not to be" soliloquy from "Hamlet," "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" soliloquy from "Macbeth.") Seeing Shakespeare's plays at the Grove, or anywhere, adds much richness to our lives, not only because of the characters, the plots and the magnificent lines which we encounter, but also because of the humanistic philosophy they espouse, which brings home to us what it means to be human, and helps us better understand ourselves.
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TRAVEL
March 17, 2013 | By John Lee
LONDON - It's Saturday afternoon in the jam-packed Old Red Lion on London's shopper-crowded St. John Street. Beer-fueled chatter - including some salty heckles - ricochets off the TV screens, while the pub's lone server pours pints of frothy ale in double-quick time. Local soccer team Arsenal is playing, and the game isn't going well. Nestled among the red-shirted lager lovers are several quiet imbibers, their tables topped with glasses of wine and the occasional well-thumbed paperback.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1997 | Dave Jennings, from London
The latest big name to get a techno remix? It's William Shakespeare. The playwright has been given the dance-beat treatment via "To Be or Not to Be," a new single featuring actor Richard E. Grant ("Withnail and I") reciting the "Hamlet" soliloquy over a house track by dance act Orpheus. Grant also sings on the choruses of the song, which will be released in Britain on May 26 by the Japanese label Avex as a teaser for a planned album of Shakespeare readings over music.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2009 | Philip Brandes
"Your job is to kill me." When it comes to summing up the archetypal struggle of sons to free themselves from their fathers, you can't get more succinct than that taunt from the snarling patriarch in John Patrick Shanley's "Beggars in the House of Plenty." When it comes to wringing the full spectrum of tortured emotions from Shanley's nakedly autobiographical 1991 memory play, you can't get more riveting than Larry Moss' finely tuned production at Theatre/Theater. While occasionally lapsing into heavy-handed excess, the staging affords ample unleashed passion and performance precision that have made Moss a sought-after acting instructor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1988
How might the Writers' strike affect the Oscars show ("Writers' Waiver for Oscar Show," by David Fox, March 8)? I regard this as a happy prospect, as well as a golden opportunity. Imagine, if you will, an Academy Awards show consisting of presenters listing nominees and announcing winners, eschewing the obligatory and embarrassing attempts at humor. In like fashion, picture the winners mounting the stage in their moments of glory and, in the spirit of honoring the picket line, refusing to deliver a self-written monologue (or should I say, in some cases, soliloquy?
SPORTS
June 22, 2002
I fail to understand the ongoing debate about Phil Jackson's coaching abilities when it's obvious that Red Auerbach is absolutely right in his criticism. Without the current Laker roster, Jackson would be nothing. But why stop with Jackson when history is replete with examples of men whose success was due to other people's efforts? Sir Laurence Olivier did fairly well at that soliloquy thing, but if he hadn't had a supporting cast to play the other roles he'd have been booed off the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2009 | Philip Brandes
"Your job is to kill me." When it comes to summing up the archetypal struggle of sons to free themselves from their fathers, you can't get more succinct than that taunt from the snarling patriarch in John Patrick Shanley's "Beggars in the House of Plenty." When it comes to wringing the full spectrum of tortured emotions from Shanley's nakedly autobiographical 1991 memory play, you can't get more riveting than Larry Moss' finely tuned production at Theatre/Theater. While occasionally lapsing into heavy-handed excess, the staging affords ample unleashed passion and performance precision that have made Moss a sought-after acting instructor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Rhett Miller doesn't look like a guy you'd go to for relationship advice. His lanky, gee-whiz aura exudes innocence of those matters. But when he started singing and talking at Largo on Saturday, it was clear he has a good deal of experience. Still, Miller--taking a break from fronting alt-country band Old 97s for a solo acoustic gig--didn't seem like a great candidate to provide counsel and comfort. Love, to him, is something fated to turn sour, if it even gets started in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Who says librarians don't know how to party? On Friday, the L.A. Central Library hosted a vibrant multimedia celebration of life that spilled from the platform stage of the Mark Taper Auditorium into the aisles. By no coincidence, the event took place on the exact date depicted in James Joyce's "Ulysses," the seminal 1922 novel featuring some very proletarian counterparts to the heroic figures in Homer's epic "The Odyssey."
TRAVEL
March 17, 2013 | By John Lee
LONDON - It's Saturday afternoon in the jam-packed Old Red Lion on London's shopper-crowded St. John Street. Beer-fueled chatter - including some salty heckles - ricochets off the TV screens, while the pub's lone server pours pints of frothy ale in double-quick time. Local soccer team Arsenal is playing, and the game isn't going well. Nestled among the red-shirted lager lovers are several quiet imbibers, their tables topped with glasses of wine and the occasional well-thumbed paperback.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Who says librarians don't know how to party? On Friday, the L.A. Central Library hosted a vibrant multimedia celebration of life that spilled from the platform stage of the Mark Taper Auditorium into the aisles. By no coincidence, the event took place on the exact date depicted in James Joyce's "Ulysses," the seminal 1922 novel featuring some very proletarian counterparts to the heroic figures in Homer's epic "The Odyssey."
SPORTS
June 22, 2002
I fail to understand the ongoing debate about Phil Jackson's coaching abilities when it's obvious that Red Auerbach is absolutely right in his criticism. Without the current Laker roster, Jackson would be nothing. But why stop with Jackson when history is replete with examples of men whose success was due to other people's efforts? Sir Laurence Olivier did fairly well at that soliloquy thing, but if he hadn't had a supporting cast to play the other roles he'd have been booed off the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Rhett Miller doesn't look like a guy you'd go to for relationship advice. His lanky, gee-whiz aura exudes innocence of those matters. But when he started singing and talking at Largo on Saturday, it was clear he has a good deal of experience. Still, Miller--taking a break from fronting alt-country band Old 97s for a solo acoustic gig--didn't seem like a great candidate to provide counsel and comfort. Love, to him, is something fated to turn sour, if it even gets started in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1997 | Dave Jennings, from London
The latest big name to get a techno remix? It's William Shakespeare. The playwright has been given the dance-beat treatment via "To Be or Not to Be," a new single featuring actor Richard E. Grant ("Withnail and I") reciting the "Hamlet" soliloquy over a house track by dance act Orpheus. Grant also sings on the choruses of the song, which will be released in Britain on May 26 by the Japanese label Avex as a teaser for a planned album of Shakespeare readings over music.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1991
I attended the benefit for the Grove Shakespeare Festival last night ("A Midsummer Night's Eve at the Grove II" on July 29) and found it overwhelming in its power. The best of Shakespeare can really knock the socks off you ("To be or not to be" soliloquy from "Hamlet," "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" soliloquy from "Macbeth.") Seeing Shakespeare's plays at the Grove, or anywhere, adds much richness to our lives, not only because of the characters, the plots and the magnificent lines which we encounter, but also because of the humanistic philosophy they espouse, which brings home to us what it means to be human, and helps us better understand ourselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1988
How might the Writers' strike affect the Oscars show ("Writers' Waiver for Oscar Show," by David Fox, March 8)? I regard this as a happy prospect, as well as a golden opportunity. Imagine, if you will, an Academy Awards show consisting of presenters listing nominees and announcing winners, eschewing the obligatory and embarrassing attempts at humor. In like fashion, picture the winners mounting the stage in their moments of glory and, in the spirit of honoring the picket line, refusing to deliver a self-written monologue (or should I say, in some cases, soliloquy?
MAGAZINE
January 26, 1997 | Nora Zamichow, Times staff writer Nora Zamichow's last article for the magazine was on the post-earthquake reconstruction of the Santa Monica Freeway
On line 11 is Michelle, a 25-year-old former Catholic school girl who once aspired to be a lawyer but became a prostitute with a drinking problem after her stepfather raped her. She has trouble trusting men, she tells the late-night television talk show host. * Dr. David Viscott listens to her with the gentleness of a kindly uncle, probing her pain delicately.
NEWS
December 14, 2008
"Peter Pan": In today's Arts & Books, an article about Leonard Bernstein's "Peter Pan" misspells the last name of Garth Edwin Sunderland, music editor of the Leonard Bernstein Office, as Sutherland. Also, "Captain Hook's Soliloquy" was written for Lawrence Tibbett -- who appeared in the touring production -- not, as the article states, for Boris Karloff.
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