October 6, 1989 |
Who said good ideas propagate? Well, it's true. In 1848, Alexandre Dumas wrote La Dame aux camelias. Four years later, he turned the popular novel into the play that would inspire Verdi's beloved opera La Traviata. In 1936, along came film director George Cukor, whose brilliant notion it was to have Greta Garbo star in Camille, another reinterpretation of the Dumas love story. Now, another good idea: To preview its forthcoming production of La Traviata, opening Nov. 9, the Pennsylvania Opera Theater (TPOT)
January 28, 2000 |
QUOTE "I'll be as I always am: polite until otherwise indicated. " - Punk icon Johnny Rotten, describing his interview style for his new VH1 series, "Rotten Television" Oy, Kelsey Grammer. If the "Frasier" star wants to make his wife Camille a star, he ought to get her a better cause. Grammer, a former Playgirl, went public yesterday with her personal affliction, irritable bowel syndrome. Yes, and the syndrome (highlights of which include both constipation and diarrhea)
November 24, 1995 |
Camille is a professor at a Protestant college in Toronto. Her world is one of tidy desks, perfectly sharpened pencils and well-dusted corners. There is no clutter in her mind, her job or her Vermeer-lit apartment. To make her professional and personal life completely symmetrical, she is engaged to her colleague Martin, a professor and minister. If they wed, hint the college trustees, they could become co-chaplains. But then one wintry morning, Camille's beloved mutt, Bob, disappears.
January 10, 1992 |
The French import Every Other Weekend gently addresses the emotional violence of that divorce byproduct called "visitation," by which the children of an ex-couple are batted between parents like shuttlecocks across a net of thorns. As directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Nicole Garcia, this memorable, unsentimental document of the splitsville era focuses on the noncustodial parent, in this case the mother. Sullenly charismatic, as is the Gallic way, Nathalie Baye plays the unreliable mother in what has to be the best portrait of maternal ambivalence since Judy Davis essayed High Tide.
July 2, 1987 |
It is the aim of most festivals to hit the ground running, to start with a bang that announces that something special has arrived. Unfortunately, "Wet Carpets," the lead production of this year's Black Theater Festival at the Theater Center Philadelphia, sags under the weight of being first out of the box. Marian Warrington's story about the gathering of Tutelia (Ruth Blake), Nedra (Patricia Langford) and Camille (Jo Ann Ford) Nelson to celebrate the high school graduation of Camille's daughter, Darlene (Nicole Fite)
July 2, 1987 |
"Wet Carpets," a two-act drama by Marian Warrington, directed by Thom Wilkins, at the Theater Center Philadelphia, 622 S. 4th Street, through July 26. It is the aim of most festivals to hit the ground running, to start with a bang that announces that something special has arrived. Unfortunately, "Wet Carpets," the lead production of this year's Black Theater Festival at the Theater Center Philadelphia, sags under the weight of being first out of the box. Marian Warrington's story about the gathering of Tutelia (Ruth Blake)
March 18, 1987 |
The French regard Alfred de Musset as one of their great playwrights, but productions of his plays in the United States are rare. The McCarter Theater Company's presentation of Musset's Don't Trifle With Love in Princeton, N.J., is the start of an attempt to correct the situation. Artistic director Nagle Jackson has translated the 19th-century play gracefully and staged it with a conscientious sense of the difficulties it presents. They are formidable problems. Dealing with the confusions of young love, the play behaves for most of the way like a comedy, but ends tragically.
November 14, 2008 |
Lean, mean and out for blood, Daniel Craig makes his second appearance as James Bond in Quantum of Solace . It's a title that hardly makes sense - if I've got my Webster's Dictionary right, it translates to measurable amount of the alleviation of grief . But who knows, maybe it'll become a generational catchphrase. Or at least it's something you'd say to a Starbucks barrista: I'll have a venti latte with a quantum of solace, thanks. A sequel to Casino Royale (the action starts almost immediately where the last one ended)
March 16, 1987 |
"Don't Trifle With Love," a play by Alfred de Musset, directed and translated by Nagle Jackson. Costumes by Elizabeth Covey, lighting by F. Mitchell Dana, set design by Pavel M. Dobrusky. Presented by the McCarter Theatre at 91 University Place, Princeton, N.J., in repertory through April 5. The McCarter's Nagle Jackson is not your run-of-the-mill regional theater artistic director. He is writer, director, actor, translator and all-around intellectual gadbee - a one-man center of the performing arts.
December 25, 1992 |
With their coxswains bellowing encouragement, crews shoot the two eight- oared shells along the river and then collapse in panting exhaustion as the they cross the finish line. The applause from the spectators is politely restrained. It's only an event in a regatta, but, as one miffed observer muses, "We shouldn't give them ideas of victory. " The race takes place in French colonial Indochina in 1930, and the victors are a motley native crew that has just bested a favored team of French Navy cadets.