October 25, 1992 |
The little boy's voice squeaked with concern and a little fear: "But why did Bridget Bishop scratch the face of the neighbor's son when he visited her?" he asked. Bishop, wearing a scarlet dress that seemed cut to shock, answered sharply: "What would you do if someone was sent over to find out if you were a witch?"
October 30, 1987 |
You know something's different at the Globe Playhouse when you're handed a program with typeset copy. Could a good program be a sign of good Shakespeare? In this case, a good "Macbeth"? The program credits raised some doubts. "Directed by Frederick Hoffman, text edited and arranged by Mr. Hoffman." Just what the doctor ordered: another director tyrannizing the text. Then farther down the page: "Act I, The Instruments of Darkness; Act II, The Tyrant's Power Afoot; Act III, The Royalty of Nature."
November 6, 1987 |
Stephen Sondheim writes musicals like no one else, so it is only natural that, drawing on the bedtime stories of our childhood, he would come up with a fairy tale musical like no other. It is called "Into the Woods"--those deep, dark woods through which Little Red Riding Hood skips on her way to Grandma's and Cinderella flees on her mad dash from the ball.
October 31, 2013 |
Death is a common theme on television. We watch people get shot, stabbed, strangled, blown up and more with numbing regularity on a variety of fictional shows. Real death, however, is another thing. It remains a taboo. We shy from it, we fear it, we don't talk about it. This, despite the fact that we will all face it. Our fragile mortality, however, comes into focus on the small screen on Friday when Showtime premieres an unsettling, raw and touching documentary series called “Time of Death.” Each episode documents the real-life death of a new subject, and chronicles in unflinching detail the way they and their families cope.
February 18, 2013 |
"I do suck fat. I will suck the fat off my steak," actress Alice Englert warns as she slides into a booth at Musso & Frank in Hollywood on a dreary, overcast day. "I just want to prepare you in advance that I'm known to be disgusting when I eat steak. " Alden Ehrenreich, her costar in the new film "Beautiful Creatures," is unfazed by her eagerness. Perhaps it's because after enduring a shoot involving sweltering, 90-degree Louisiana days, food poisoning and Southern accents, the two on-screen sweethearts have an easy familiarity.