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4 items from 2014


1 Way to Win Friends and Influence Theater People

4 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

With an emphasis on networking and encouraging creativity among artists in all stages of their careers, the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts offers actors something difficult to find at other NYC schools: a home. Tessa Laneve, director of Espa and new arts programming, would rather artists consider themselves members of a tight-knit community than theater academics. “This isn’t a place where you take a certain number of classes and then you get a piece of paper that says you’re an actor or writer or director,” she said. “That’s bullshit.” Instead, students of instructors such as Randy Graff, Neil Labute, and Leigh Silverman receive an education in collaborating with the best in the business. For actor Sara Minerd, the opportunities are endless. “The people they bring in are amazing and well-connected and it’s up to you to work those connections,” she said of the unpretentious faculty. »

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The Public Theater’s King Lear, Starring John Lithgow, Is Commendable But Vague

5 August 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On a recent evening at the Delacorte in Central Park, a raccoon stopped by unticketed to watch a moment of the Public Theater’s new production of King Lear, starring John Lithgow. Following some other supernumeraries onto the outskirts of the stage, where it kept a respectful distance from the main action, the odd creature seemed briefly stunned by the doings of the other odd creatures. This was the early scene in which the elderly Lear awards portions of his kingdom to the winners of a kind of spontaneous poetry slam among his three daughters. After the older two, Goneril and Regan, played by Annette Bening and Jessica Hecht, offer slick words of fealty, and the youngest, Cordelia, played by Jessica Collins, remains mute because her love is “richer than her tongue,” the raccoon took off as Lear exploded in rage, Cordelia in tears. This is one of many Lear »

- Jesse Green

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‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ Continues Award Season Reign at Occ Theatre Awards

12 May 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” has been enjoying more recognition as awards season rolls on. The musical comedy has garnered four wins at the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards, including nods for actor Jefferson Mays and director Darko Tresnjak; “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Glass Menagerie” are close as well, with three each.Nick Cordero and Marin Mazzie both took outstanding featured actors in a musical for their performances in “Bullets Over Broadway.”  Bryan Cranston took outstanding actor with his Broadway debut “All the Way” (outstanding new Broadway play winner), wherein he plays the former United States president Lyndon B. Johnson; he beat out Ian McKellen in “No Man’s Land.” Cherry Jones from “The Glass Menagerie” was the winner in the outstanding actress category beating out Rebecca Hall (“Machinal”), Jessica Hecht (“Stage Kiss”), Estelle Parsons (“The Velocity of Autumn”) and Tyne Daly (“Mothers and Sons »

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The English Teacher DVD Review

26 February 2014 9:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Craig Zisk

Starring: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Jessica Hecht, Norbert Leo Butz, Charlie Saxton, Nikki Blonsky, Sophie Curtis

 Running Time: 87 Minutes

Certificate: 15

The world of cinema has always had a certain need to deify teachers and present their actions as what forms the foundations of their students’ lives. As a teacher myself you would probably expect me to be okay with such a portrayal, but in actual fact it kind of undermines the importance of the job in real life terms. One thing that The English Teacher has going for it, is that it takes a rather bitter look at the need to inspire, which is a refreshing change if nothing else.

Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a 45 year old spinster who may have resigned herself to a life living in her books, but she also keeps an eye out for potential love interests. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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