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June 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Los Angeles audiences had a brief opportunity to catch rising Broadway actor Seth Numrich in a local production of the play "Slipping" in April. The 26-year-old actor left the play early so he could begin rehearsals for a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" at London's Old Vic Theatre, with Kim Cattrall. "Sweet Bird of Youth" officially opened this week and has garnered enthusiastic reviews from London critics. The production is directed by Marianne Elliott, who previously worked with Numrich on the Broadway run of "War Horse.
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July 20, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LONDON - Traveling to London this summer or just curious about the current state of theatrical affairs? Here's my score card of the scene after a week spent scurrying in and around the West End. "Strange Interlude" at the National Theatre Eugene O'Neill's sweeping drama about a woman trying to find the thread of her life after the death of her beloved fiancé is notable for the way the characters voice their inner thoughts. Experimental for its time, this 1928 Pulitzer Prize-winning play can seem like a clunky Freudian melodrama today.
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December 9, 1986 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
It's not always easy to spot the reason a show doesn't work, but anyone can see the problem with "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Ahmanson. Tennessee Williams' 1959 play calls for two "monsters," a fading movie queen and an aging beachboy. This production supplies only one. She is played by Lauren Bacall. Other actresses have seen Williams' heroine, Alexandra Del Lago, as a jittery lady with a ego problem. Nonsense, says Miss Bacall. This is a star.
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June 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Los Angeles audiences had a brief opportunity to catch rising Broadway actor Seth Numrich in a local production of the play "Slipping" in April. The 26-year-old actor left the play early so he could begin rehearsals for a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" at London's Old Vic Theatre, with Kim Cattrall. "Sweet Bird of Youth" officially opened this week and has garnered enthusiastic reviews from London critics. The production is directed by Marianne Elliott, who previously worked with Numrich on the Broadway run of "War Horse.
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October 1, 1989 | JAMES GRANT, Grant is West Coast bureau chief of Life magazine.
"I had a great beauty. I say it with pride--no matter how sad it being gone," Elizabeth Taylor says wistfully. The 57-year-old legend picks up a glass of bourbon and downs it like a scared monster whose life is over. Taylor is rehearsing a scene from Tennessee Williams' provocative play "Sweet Bird of Youth," which NBC will televise at 9 tonight. Directed by Nicolas Roeg, the film also stars Mark Harmon, Rip Torn and Valerie Perrine.
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April 13, 1985 | RODERICK MANN
"This is a great chance for me. I've had good parts on television--and some good reviews--but it always seemed that movie and theater producers just weren't watching." That's Michael Beck talking, the 36-year-old American actor who this week left for London to start rehearsals with Lauren Bacall for Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," which Harold Pinter is to direct in the West End. Beck will play Chance Wayne. For him it's a dream come true.
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April 18, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Convincing a rising Broadway star to star in a small, 99-seat Los Angeles stage production can be a real casting coup. But the producers of "Slipping," now running at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, have learned that it can also create a major headache. Seth Numrich - already a Broadway veteran at age 26, having played the lead roles in "War Horse" in 2011 and "Golden Boy" this winter - began performances in "Slipping" on Saturday. He plays the main role of Eli, a moody high school student adjusting to life in a small, Midwestern town.
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July 20, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LONDON - Traveling to London this summer or just curious about the current state of theatrical affairs? Here's my score card of the scene after a week spent scurrying in and around the West End. "Strange Interlude" at the National Theatre Eugene O'Neill's sweeping drama about a woman trying to find the thread of her life after the death of her beloved fiancé is notable for the way the characters voice their inner thoughts. Experimental for its time, this 1928 Pulitzer Prize-winning play can seem like a clunky Freudian melodrama today.
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October 19, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
For his finale as La Jolla Playhouse artistic director, Michael Greif chose that mass of Gulf Coast humidity known as "Sweet Bird of Youth." The 1959 Tennessee Williams drama, filmed in 1962 with original Broadway stars Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, pits steely gigolo Chance Wayne against crumpled, chemically addled movie star Alexandra Del Lago, traveling incognito as the Princess Kosmonopolis. Williams based Princess on Tallulah Bankhead and Chance on who knows who all.
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July 3, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Make no mistake. They love Tennessee Williams at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. "We're Williams fanatics," said artistic director Ellen Geer. "To me, he's the Shakespeare of America. His writing is so extraordinary and will always be pertinent. That's what makes a great playwright. . . . We would like to do his whole canon." Shakespeare already is a summer tradition on the open-air stage in Topanga.
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April 18, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Convincing a rising Broadway star to star in a small, 99-seat Los Angeles stage production can be a real casting coup. But the producers of "Slipping," now running at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, have learned that it can also create a major headache. Seth Numrich - already a Broadway veteran at age 26, having played the lead roles in "War Horse" in 2011 and "Golden Boy" this winter - began performances in "Slipping" on Saturday. He plays the main role of Eli, a moody high school student adjusting to life in a small, Midwestern town.
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October 19, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
For his finale as La Jolla Playhouse artistic director, Michael Greif chose that mass of Gulf Coast humidity known as "Sweet Bird of Youth." The 1959 Tennessee Williams drama, filmed in 1962 with original Broadway stars Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, pits steely gigolo Chance Wayne against crumpled, chemically addled movie star Alexandra Del Lago, traveling incognito as the Princess Kosmonopolis. Williams based Princess on Tallulah Bankhead and Chance on who knows who all.
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July 10, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"When monster meets monster, one monster has to give way," says the ravaged, washed-up film star Alexandra Del Lago to Chance, the younger man with whom she is having an unholy sexual relationship. In "Sweet Bird of Youth," Tennessee Williams shows these two monstrous misfits also to be vulnerable, exotic fish in a sea full of piranha. You want them to swim to safety even as you know destruction is imminent.
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July 3, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Make no mistake. They love Tennessee Williams at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. "We're Williams fanatics," said artistic director Ellen Geer. "To me, he's the Shakespeare of America. His writing is so extraordinary and will always be pertinent. That's what makes a great playwright. . . . We would like to do his whole canon." Shakespeare already is a summer tradition on the open-air stage in Topanga.
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October 1, 1989 | JAMES GRANT, Grant is West Coast bureau chief of Life magazine.
"I had a great beauty. I say it with pride--no matter how sad it being gone," Elizabeth Taylor says wistfully. The 57-year-old legend picks up a glass of bourbon and downs it like a scared monster whose life is over. Taylor is rehearsing a scene from Tennessee Williams' provocative play "Sweet Bird of Youth," which NBC will televise at 9 tonight. Directed by Nicolas Roeg, the film also stars Mark Harmon, Rip Torn and Valerie Perrine.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1986 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
It's not always easy to spot the reason a show doesn't work, but anyone can see the problem with "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Ahmanson. Tennessee Williams' 1959 play calls for two "monsters," a fading movie queen and an aging beachboy. This production supplies only one. She is played by Lauren Bacall. Other actresses have seen Williams' heroine, Alexandra Del Lago, as a jittery lady with a ego problem. Nonsense, says Miss Bacall. This is a star.
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July 10, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"When monster meets monster, one monster has to give way," says the ravaged, washed-up film star Alexandra Del Lago to Chance, the younger man with whom she is having an unholy sexual relationship. In "Sweet Bird of Youth," Tennessee Williams shows these two monstrous misfits also to be vulnerable, exotic fish in a sea full of piranha. You want them to swim to safety even as you know destruction is imminent.
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March 21, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Elizabeth Taylor will begin work in May on a new production of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," a $4-million Kushner-Locke Co. movie for NBC. This will be Taylor's third starring role in a Williams production. She was nominated for Oscars for her roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 1958 and "Suddenly Last Summer" in 1959.
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April 13, 1985 | RODERICK MANN
"This is a great chance for me. I've had good parts on television--and some good reviews--but it always seemed that movie and theater producers just weren't watching." That's Michael Beck talking, the 36-year-old American actor who this week left for London to start rehearsals with Lauren Bacall for Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," which Harold Pinter is to direct in the West End. Beck will play Chance Wayne. For him it's a dream come true.
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