January 28, 1996 |
The strength of this 'Masterpiece Theatre' drama derives much less from its script than from performances of the actresses. This 1993 BBC production unites Wendy Hiller and Zoe Wanamaker in a bittersweet contemporary story by Allan Cubitt that is part mystery and part character study. Grand dame Hiller, (pictured right), is 80-year-old Englishwoman Alice, Countess von Holzendorf.
January 18, 2009 |
"The word 'actress' has always seemed less a job description to me than a title," Gene Tierney once observed. If she were still among us, the star of stage and screen might be surprised to find tarnished whatever cachet, in the glamour-gilded 1940s and '50s, was attached to the word. If "actress" is indeed a title, in many quarters it is no longer considered one of distinction.
July 19, 2013 |
GALMPTON, England - The final push to the top of his personal Everest consisted of about 50 dainty steps, in the precise and idiosyncratic gait he has perfected over 25 years. David Suchet paced up to the door of the house, glanced around, gave a tip of his hat and the ghost of a smile, and disappeared inside. When the cameras stopped rolling, he emerged and raised his arms in triumph as a crew member called a wrap on one of the most remarkable achievements in recent British television history.
January 23, 1993 |
"The Countess Alice" is a good way to spend 90 minutes. The strengths of this elegant new "Masterpiece Theatre" drama derive much less from its script--a rather thin rendering about eroding ties between mother and daughter--than from the luminous performances of the actresses playing those roles. The BBC production--airing at 9 p.m. Sunday on KCET-TV Channel 28 and KPBS-TV Channel 15, and 8 p.m.
May 6, 1988 |
"Once in a Lifetime," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, is nearly 60 years old and thriving. The L.A. Classic Theatre Works presented it on KCRW-FM last year, and La Jolla Playhouse is about to mount a production. Yet it's the BBC, not a commercial network, which has seen fit to revive it for the larger television audience. The result (tonight at 9 on Channels 28, 15 and 24; Saturday at 9 p.m. on Channel 50) is a snazzy, sharp-tongued satire of Hollywood in the first years of the talkie era.
November 28, 2012 |
Shakespeare's Globe -- the famous outdoor theater venue in London -- will honor its late founder, the once-blacklisted American actor-director Sam Wanamaker, by naming a new indoor stage after him. The indoor venue, which will enable the company to produce year-round, will be called the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. Wanamaker worked for many years to create the Globe but died in 1993 before he could see the finished project, which debuted in 1997. The new theater space will seat approximately 320 people and will be lit by candlelight in the historic Jacobean tradition, according to report from the BBC News.