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'The House of Blue Leaves' not as golden as 1986 Broadway smash

26 April 2011 7:09 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The second rialto production of John Guare's dark comedy "The House of Blue Leaves" opened Monday to respectful reviews. While most of the critics lauded the performers, they found the overall production lacking. Despite an off-Broadway run in 1971 for which it won the Best American Play prize from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the first Broadway staging of "Blue Leaves" in 1986 contended for Best Play; it lost to "I'm Not Rappaport" by Herb Gardner. Twenty-five years ago, the stellar cast included Swoosie Kurtz, who won the Featured Play Actress Tony for her portrayal of Bananas, the madcap wife of Artie. As that would-be songwriter, John Mahoney took home the Featured Play Actor prize. Also in the company was Ben Stiller as their wayward son and Stockard Channing, who was a Featured Play Actress nominee for her work as Artie's mistress Bunny. Stiller is headlining this new production taking »

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Six-time nominee Athol Fugard lauded with lifetime achievement Tony Award

6 April 2011 11:22 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

South African playwright Athol Fugard is to receive an honorary award at the Tony Awards on June 12. In making the announcement, the kudos commitee described Fugard as "a playwright whose art has always spoken out against racism and who continues to be an active voice for freedom and equality". The film adapation of his novel "Tsotsi" won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Lanuage Film. Fuguard contended for Best Play four times over the years. He lost his first two bids to British scribe Peter Shaffer -- first in 1975 when "Equuus" edged out "Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and the Island"  and again in 1981 when "A Lesson from Aloes" was defeated by "Amadeus." In 1982, David Edgar's adaptation of "The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickelby" beat out  "Master Harold … and the Boys" (1982) while "I'm Not Rappaport" by Herb Gardner prevailed over "Blood Knot" in 1986 »

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