April 16, 2013 |
Kevin and Celeste Corcoran had already survived one trauma two years ago when a car struck their daughter, Sydney, and left her with a fractured skull. Sydney, now an 18-year-old senior at Lowell High School in Lowell, Mass., fought hard to recover, and was bound for Middlesex Community College this fall. On Monday, Sydney and her parents were standing near the finish line at the Boston Marathon when two explosions ripped through the street, said Paul Corcoran, her great-uncle.
January 23, 2013 |
Though it hardly needs it, the Sydney Opera House in Australia got a boost in exposure this week from two very different partners -- Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates, and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. This week, DeGeneres told her Australian fans via Twitter to congregate at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday to compete for a free flight to Los Angeles to attend a taping of her show. Reports in the Australian media said approximately 250 people gathered at the famous building to participate in a dance-off competition.
January 17, 2013 |
The International Olympic Committee released the following statement Thursday regarding its decision to strip Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he received in 2000: "Following the recent decisions of [ the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] and the [International Cycling Union, or UCI] regarding the competitive cycling results of Lance Armstrong, the IOC has disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, namely, the men's individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men's individual time trial, where he finished 3rd and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate.
August 20, 2012 |
Andrew Upton is staying on at the Sydney Theatre Company, assuming the position of sole artistic director starting in January. For the last four years, Upton and his wife, actress Cate Blanchett, have served as co-artistic directors of Australia's most prominent theater company. Upton's decision to continue leading the company has come as a surprise because he and Blanchett had announced their decision to both step down at the end of 2013. The couple was recently in New York for the company's staging of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," starring Richard Roxburgh, Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Jacki Weaver.
August 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Anton Chekhov is always with us in the theater. But this summer his work has been especially prevalent, serving as an inspirational model for such contemporary playwrights as Tracy Letts, Andrew Upton and Annie Baker. Having recently returned from a stifling hot busman's holiday in New York where I saw two productions of "Uncle Vanya," the Baker adaptation at Soho Rep and the Upton adaptation courtesy of the Sydney Theatre Company at the Lincoln Center Festival starring Cate Blanchett, I can't help pondering the meaning of this Chekhovian preponderance.
July 14, 2012 |
On the surface, Cate Blanchett would seem to be the least Chekhovian human being on the planet. No idle longing for Moscow for this international stage and screen star, whose frequent flier mileage must have broken the million mark since she and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, took over the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008 and became intercontinental barnstormers. Yet there she is, this paragon of professional fulfillment, garnering raves at home and abroad for her performance in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" as a trophy wife who has backed herself into a domestic corner by marrying a cranky codger professor.