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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

 

Preview: NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS (& YOU) CREATE "THE HUMAN SYMPHONY"


The New York Neo-Futurists create 
THE HUMAN SYMPHONY 
at the New Ohio
January 22 - February 14 2015

One of my favorite groups, the performance collective, the New York Neo-Futurists (Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind - TMLMTBGB) have announced their next mainstage production, THE HUMAN SYMPHONY, created and directed by Dylan Marron.  

When New York Neo-Futurist Dylan Marron took to the interwebs to find people willing to share their experiences with online dating, he received a treasure trove of funny, depressing, heartwarming, uplifting, and just plain terrifying stories. He crafted these first person accounts into a unique theatrical mosaic, offering an unflinchingly honest look at experiences (and experiments) in matters of the heart.

Performed in four "movements" by a cast of randomly selected audience members at each show, who are directed solely through instructional mp3 tracks, THE HUMAN SYMPHONYperformers” are guided through a theatrical Rube Goldberg experience. The remaining audience witnesses the action unfold as they listen to these first hand accounts of internet dating in NYC.

The cast features...you (or the person next to you, behind you, or across from you). 

The design team includes Ben Ahles (Set Designer), Sarah Livant  (Lighting Designer), Nicole Hill and Daniel Mirsky (Projection Designers), and Kyra Sims (Music Designer). The dramaturg is Meg Bashwiner. The Stage Manager is Sophie Kurtze.

Dylan Marron (Creator & Director) has been an ensemble member with the New York Neo Futurists since 2012 where he has created his own original work as well as performing in the work of others. In 2013 he wrote and directed Online Dating, the predecessor of The Human Symphony where four randomly selected audience members performed three true stories of sexual encounters through the internet. He was an ensemble player in The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol. 2 (Drama Desk nom., N.Y.I.T. nom., New York Times Critic’s Pick) in May 2014. His original play Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite (Capital Fringe Director’s Award winner, Washington Post Critic’s Pick) was featured at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Other stage credits: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Arena Stage). Film/TV/Radio: Whatever this is. (Best Actor, Drama – Boston Globe) and Welcome to Night Vale.



For tickets & more information, visit 

www.nynf.org



For more about the NY Neo-Futurists, see our story
http://bobooblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/neo-future-of-ny-neofuturists.html


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

 

ANOTHER "SPECIAL" DATE


Yes, it's a "special" date again:

12/13/14

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

 

GOLDEN GLOBES


GOLDEN GLOBES 2015
(PRODUCTIONS DEBUTING IN 2014)


The Golden Globe Nominations include mostly famous names in big projects.

Of my own favorites that I'd like to have seen recognized (but were not), I was particularly disappointed in the absence of THE AMERICANS, especially Keri Russell, Emmy Rossum in SHAMELESS, Chris Gorham - the blind agent in COVERT AFFAIRS, and the great (though little seen) performance of Scott Haze in CHILD OF GOD.


Here are the nominees:

FILM & TV

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Into The Woods
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Pride

Best Animated Feature Film
The Lego Movie
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)
Leviathan (Russia)

Best TV Series, Drama
Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
The Affair
Game Of Thrones
House of Cards
Good Wife, The

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Orange is the New Black
Girls
Jane The Virgin
Transparent
Silicon Valley

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
Olive Kitteridge
Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart


ACTING

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Emily Blunt (Into The Woods)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)
Emma Stone (Birdman)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Clive Owen (The Knick)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Dominic West (The Affair)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Louis C.K. (Louie)

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Frances O'Connor (The Missing)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Allison Janney (Mom)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)


WRITING & DIRECTING

Best Director - Motion Picture
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone,
Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)


MUSIC

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory Of Everything)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Opportunity” (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)



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Thursday, December 04, 2014

 

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE


THE ILLUSIONISTS
WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE

MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL THEATER
THRU JAN 4, 2015

THE ILLUSIONISTS is an energetic, exciting modern take on an age-old Magic Variety Show. Featuring a mix of comedy and magic ("If you don't laugh, then it's the magic..."), audience participation (almost voluntary), high voltage (but medium decibel) music, and some costumed dancers, the show is old-fashioned and fun.

The quality of the magic varies from lame to impressive, the comedy from lame to funny. But, overall, the show is magic-ally interesting, and entertainingly funny. Some of the banter is mildly adult, and some bits are a bit scary, but older children, especially those interested in magic, would find it a great show, I think.




It's not really designed for a magically sophisticated audience, but with seven fine magicians, it does provide a tasty sampler of magical styles from card tricks to escapes to weaponry to terrorizing an audience member.

Indeed, two children taken from the audience were treated well (though encouraged to lie: "How old are you?" "Eight. "Oooh! You have to be nine to come on stage ...How old are you?" "Eight" "You have to be nine to come on stage, how old are you?" "Eight." "How old are you?" "Nine!" "Great! Come up with me on stage..."). Adults... well, were not treated so gently: A trick with a wicked looking bow and arrow, an apple, and a audience member; and another with a variant of Russian Roulette (RR) and a very uncomfortable looking audience member, both looked like they could be dangerous if they went awry. (Indeed they showed "YouTube" video clips of how the RR trick could go wrong!) But in the end no humans were injured making the show.

(Just a thought... Do real audience members who participate in actually hazardous stunts ever have to sign a release?)

The show is in the middle of a tour of the world and has received some good reviews in far away places in some earlier stops.


The magicians featured are:

• The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin - Impressive card manipulations!
• The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry
• The Trickster, Jeff Hobson - A low-rent Liberace wannabe (?)
• The Escapologist, Andrew Basso - Interesting to see -- live -- the escape from a case of water! Took 3+ minutes holding his breath!
• The Inventor, Kevin James - He was good with a child!
• The Warrior, Aaron Crow
• The Futurist, Adam Trent - I especially liked his interaction with a video screen!

The entire show is videotaped live and simulcast on a large, but not very high resolution, screen. It only kind of worked. Probably good for people in the very back or upstairs, but it was somewhat distracting and, except for a very fine piece with the Futurist, the screen did not really enhance any tricks. I kept looking to see if it gave a sharp perspective on the magic, but it rarely provided any insight that enriched a trick.



THE ILLUSIONISTS is a fun, undemanding, entertaining, sometimes exciting, often funny, and mostly "magical" Holiday entertainment.


LINKS:

THE ILLUSIONISTS - OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.theillusionistslive.com/

THE ILLUSIONISTS TICKETS - ON TICKETMASTER
http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/24584/1736772

THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS - OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycmq-new-york-marriott-marquis/

(Some notes about the hotel and its elevators. I got lost more than once -- and the staff was not helpful. The theater is on the third floor, most easily reached from street level by an escalator. There is no second floor. The hotel lobby is on the eighth floor. Most floors can be reached by dialing the number on a keypad and then going to the elevator they send you to. The View, an after-show restaurant on the 48th floor, is only accessible from two special (marked) elevators, that depart only from the 3rd floor.

The theater itself, by the way, is modern and comfortable, but has one of those designs that have no center aisle, so if you have a center seat, be prepared to cross a lot of knees.

Also, if you park at the hotel, when you are ready for your car, you can call them and they will tell you how long it will take to get your car, and will page you when its down. It's convenient to park in the hotel, but it is expensive.)



Weekly Playing Schedule for the Broadway Engagement:

Monday, December 1 – Sunday, December 7 (week of opening):
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PM, Thursday at 6:30PM (opening night), Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM and 8PM, Sunday at 3PM and 7:30PM

Monday, December 8 – Sunday, December 14:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM and 8PM, Sunday at 3PM and 7:30PM

Monday, December 15 – Sunday, December 21:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM and 8PM, Sunday at 11AM, 3PM, and 7:30PM

Monday, December 22 – Sunday, December 28:
Monday and Tuesday at 7PM, Friday at 2PM and 8PM, Saturday at 11AM, 3PM, and 8PM, Sunday at 11AM, 3PM, and 7:30PM

Monday, December 29 – Sunday, January 4:
Monday and Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday at 2PM

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

GIFT IDEAS 2014 - SHAKESPEARE


SHAKESPEARE WRITES GREAT PRESENTS!

>>CLICK ON ANY IMAGE!<<

LINKS TO
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SONNETS - ANALYZED

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THE MAN

RUSSELL FRASER               JAMES SHAPIRO             JAMES SHAPIRO

          


COMMENTARY

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SONGS

INCLUDES LYRICS, MUSIC
AND BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCES
OF MUSIC FROM
SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS




VIDEOS

LINKS TO MORE THAN 1,000 DVDS
OF VIDEOS OF SHAKESPEARES' PLAYS!



IF YOU NEED A KINDLE...

HERE'S A LINK TO WIKIPEDIA -- ALL ABOUT THE KINDLE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

GOTHAM IFP FILM AWARDS 2014


INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT (IFP)
GOTHAM IFP FILM AWARDS 2014

DECEMBER 1, 2014 6:30
www.ifp.org

Perhaps the first film awards of the year, celebrating independent, "smaller" films, the GOTHAM IFP FILM AWARDS are a good place to check out the independent film movement, and some great films that may not have gotten enough ad space or theater time to have been easily discovered.

Talking about "discovering," this is a good place to mention IFP's MADE IN NY MEDIA CENTER, a significant resource for indie filmmakers and film lovers, (and other-media entrepreneurs...) which sponsors collaborations, classes, screenings, events, incubation... and other activities. (www.nymediacenter.com)


Some thoughts...

Looking through the list of distributors shows very few companies represented. Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight Pictures, IFC Films, and A24 seem to lead the list, and they have, mostly, the biggest small pictures with the best known actors. More distributors would be a good thing!

I was disappointed not to see Scott Haze on the list of nominees.  His performance in James Franco's CHILD OF GOD is one of the all-time great film performances. It wasn't widely seen, perhaps since it did not have one of the more prominent distributors (and it was a brutally uncompromising performance in a brutally uncompromising film).


Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: ENSEMBLE

FOXCATCHER
Photo by Eric Roffman

At a NYFF 2014 panel discussion

Here are the nominees:


PICTURE

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Boyhood
Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers 
(IFC Films)

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers 
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Love Is Strange
Ira Sachs, director; Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, producers
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer, director; Nick Wechsler, James Wilson, producers 
(A24)


DOCUMENTARY

Actress
Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert Greene, producers 
(The Cinema Guild)

CITIZENFOUR
Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers 
(RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Life Itself 
Steve James, director; Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch, producers (Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films)

Manakamana
Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, directors; Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, producers 
(The Cinema Guild)

Point and Shoot
Marshall Curry, director; Marshall Curry, Elizabeth Martin, Matthew Van Dyke, producers 
(The Orchard and American Documentary / POV)


ACTOR

Bill Hader
The Skeleton Twins
(Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)

Ethan Hawke
Boyhood
(IFC Films)

Oscar Isaac
A Most Violent Year
(A24)

Michael Keaton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Miles Teller
Whiplash
(Sony Pictures Classics)


ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette
Boyhood
(IFC Films)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Beyond the Lights
(Relativity Media)

Julianne Moore
Still Alice
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Scarlett Johansson
Under the Skin
(A24)

Mia Wasikowska
Tracks
(The Weinstein Company)


BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR

Ana Lily Amirpour
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
(Kino Lorber)

James Ward Byrkit
Coherence
(Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Dan Gilroy
Nightcrawler
(Open Road Films)

Eliza Hittman
It Felt Like Love
(Variance Films)

Justin Simien
Dear White People
(Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)


BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

Riz Ahmed
Nightcrawler
(Open Road Films)

Macon Blair
Blue Ruin
(RADiUS)

Ellar Coltrane
Boyhood
(IFC Films)

Joey King
Wish I Was Here
(Focus Features)

Jenny Slate
Obvious Child
(A24)

Tessa Thompson
Dear White People
(Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)


AUDIENCE AWARD

Actress
Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert Greene, producers
(The Cinema Guild)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Boyhood
Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers
(IFC Films)

CITIZENFOUR
Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers
(RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Coherence
James Ward Byrkit, director; Lene Bausager, producer
(Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Dear White People
Justin Simien, director; Effie Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Justin Simien, Lena Waithe, producers
(Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ana Lily Amirpour, director; Ana Lily Amirpour, Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah, producers
(Kino Lorber)

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

It Felt Like Love
Eliza Hittman, director; Eliza Hittman, Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner, producers
(Variance Films)

Life Itself
Steve James, director; Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch, producers
(Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films)


SPECIAL JURY AWARD – ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE


Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum
Foxcatcher


TRIBUTES

Bennett Miller

Ted Sarandos

Tilda Swinton


SOME STORIES...

FOXCATCHER
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/10/foxcatcher-at-nyff-2014.html

TRACKS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/09/tracks.html

CITIZENFOUR
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/09/nyff-2014-adds-world-premiere-of-laura.html

SCOTT HAZE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/07/child-of-god-scott-haze-and-james-franco.html


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Monday, November 17, 2014

 

MARLOWE'S TAMBURLAINE AT TFANA


THEATER FOR A NEW AUDIENCE (TFANA)
PRESENTS
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE'S
TAMBURLAINE PARTS I AND II
with JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON

NOVEMBER 1, 2014 - DECEMBER 21, 2014
www.TFANA.org

John Douglas Thompson's performance in Marlowe's exciting Tamburlaine is a magnificent tour de force.


John Douglas Thompson as Tamburlaine
TAMBURLAINE PARTS I AND II
TFANA
Credit Gerry Goodstein

Christopher Marlowe was born in 1564 a few months before Shakespeare. His first play, Tamburlaine the Great was first performed in 1587. It was based on the career of Timur the Lame, written in blank verse, and was a major success. (Shakespeare's first play was likely Henry VI from about 1590.) Tamburlaine the Great Part II was a sequel. 

Timur was a vicious warrior. According to references cited by Wikipedia, he may have been responsible for the deaths of as many as 17 million people -- about 5% of the world's population in his time, the mid 1300s.

Marlowe's Tamburlaine is charismatic, cruel, and a brilliant warrior. His tactics are to gain allies with his charisma, terrorize his foes with his cruelty, and win battles with his military acumen. A peasant and a thief, he is constantly being underestimated by the leaders of the great powers of his day. His victories in Persia, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt give this story an unmistakable modern currency.

As a play, Tamburlaine Part I is also a love story, as Tamburlaine woos his captive princess, Zenocrate of Egypt.

As a playwright, Marlowe writes elegant blank verse. But, unlike Shakespeare, there are few if any truly memorable lines. Also, the play is almost all plot; there is very little subtlety of characterization; only Tamburlaine, and hardly anyone else, gets any dimensionality.

The plotting is relatively simplistic. Tamburlaine and his adversary of the moment face off with bravado and insults, each predicting victory, after which the adversary either yields to Tamburlaine and switches sides, or Tamberlaine's armies prevail, and the enemy is killed, or enslaved and humiliated.


John Douglas Thompson as Tamburlaine
And in cage, Chukwudi Iwuji as defeated and enslaved Bajazeth
TAMBURLAINE PARTS I AND II
TFANA
Credit Gerry Goodstein

The action is rather brutal; however, in this production, the director stages murders stylistically, by simply splashing a bucket of red, bloody liquid over the actor.

Tamburlaine Part II, as mentioned before, is conspicuously a sequel, and seems to tread on much of the same ideas as Part I. The brutality escalates, including the drowning of all the men, women, and children from a city that resists.

One new idea in Tamburlaine Part II is Tamburlaine's attempts to turn over his legacy to his sons. Predating King Lear, two of Tamburlaine's three sons profess loyalty to their father's militarism, and one son embraces a peaceful life. Calling this third son effeminate and a traitor, Tamburlaine kills him.

Though it was obvious after Part I that this play could be about current events, the director includes some unnecessary anachronisms in Part II, perhaps to underscore the connections with the present time. This includes using photographs for paintings, using guns, and dressing one character in a modern suit. (By modern, here, though, the director seems to be using the 1900s as his stylistic model.) Also, perhaps to suggest some kind of universality, the director made the strange choice to cast the same actor as both Tamburlaine's love (and later, after her death, her statue) and -- in between her death and her reappearance as her statue -- as the adult son of Bajazeth, one of Tamburlaine's first victims.

Among the many reasons to see this production are John Douglas Thompson's great performance, a chance to experience Marlowe's rarely seen Tamburlaine, and to realize that this exciting play, written 500 years or half a millennium ago, could have been written today about today's news.

Theater For A New Audience (TFANA), which is now in its second season in its new home, the comfortable and elegant Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, is not difficult to reach from Manhattan, either by car over the Brooklyn Bridge, or by subway. Nearby, one also finds restaurants, parking, and BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Inside, TFANA houses a well-stocked classic book stall, drinks and refreshments.


TFANA'S CURRENT SEASON

TAMBURLAINE PARTS I AND II
NOVEMBER 1, 2014 - DECEMBER 21, 2014

SOHO REP'S AN OCTOROON
FEBRUARY 14, 2015 - MARCH 8, 2015

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
APRIL 24, 2015 - MAY 24, 2015



LINKS

THEATER FOR A NEW AUDIENCE
www.TFANA.org


TAMBURLAINE ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamburlaine_(play)


TAMBURLAINE ON AMAZON

JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Douglas_Thompson


CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Marlowe

CHRISTOPHER MARL0WE ON AMAZON

SHAKESPEARE ON AMAZON

TIMUR THE LAME ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timur

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

 

AARON SORKIN'S THE NEWSROOM ( FINAL SEASON )


The six episode final season of Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM will begin on Sunday, November 9 on HBO at 9:00.

The show explores the problems of a fictional newsroom reporting on actual recent events. Editorial decisions, journalistic responsibilities, legal, ethical, moral, business and personal issues all come into play.

It's a great and fascinating show!

Watching and discussing this show should be required coursework in any school of journalism.

The teaser-trailer for this season looks very interesting:



THE OFFICIAL HBO NEWSROOM SITE
http://www.hbo.com/the-newsroom#/

The final episode of the last season is available on the HBO site above, 
and it's a good way to get up to speed on the show 
and the current story lines.

THE NEWSROOM ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Newsroom_(U.S._TV_series)

THE NEWSROOM ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1870479/

JEFF DANIELS ON IMDB
(Jeff is currently in DUMB AND DUMBER TO
about as different a character as one could imagine!)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001099/

JEFF DANIELS ON AMAZON


AARON SORKIN ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Sorkin

AARON SORKIN ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0815070/

AARON SORKIN ON AMAZON



CAST:

Jeff Daniels -- Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer -- MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher, Jr. -- Jim Harper
Alison Pill -- Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski -- Don Keefer
Dev Patel -- Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn -- Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston -- Charlie Skinner

Also:
Jane Fonda -- Leona Lansing
Chris Messina -- Reese Lansing
Adina Porter -- Kendra James
David Harbour -- Elliot Hirsch
Hope Davis -- Nina Howard
Margaret Judson -- Tess Westin
Chris Chalk -- Gary Cooper
Thomas Matthews -- Martin Stallworth
Wynn Everett -- Tamara Hart
Jon Tenney -- Wade Campbell
Terry Crews -- Lonny Church
Kelen Coleman -- Lisa Lambert
David Krumholtz -- Dr. Jacob Habib
Paul Schneider -- Brian Brenner
Riley Voelkel -- Jennifer Johnson
Marcia Gay Harden -- Rebecca Halliday
Hamish Linklater -- Jerry Dantana
Grace Gummer -- Hallie Shea
Constance Zimmer -- Taylor Warren
John F. Carpenter -- Herb Wilson
Trieu Tran -- Joey Phan

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