7 items from 2015
Solo theater enthusiasts—all theater enthusiasts!—should mark their calendars: the world’s largest solo theater festival will run Sept. 17–Nov. 22 at New York City’s Theatre Row. United Solo will be presenting 150 shows from six continents, a celebration of the art of braving the stage all alone. Whether it’s comedy, drama, new work, or new adaptations you’re looking for, United Solo performances are fascinating to take in and inexpensive to attend. The festival will culminate with the announcement of the United Solo Special Award award winner. This year’s nominees are Tom Dugan, Cush Jumbo, James Lecesne (pictured above in “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”), Benjamin Scheuer, and Wanda Sykes, all five of whom have received acclaim for their solo work. Recognizing those at the top of the craft, the award has previously been given to Anna Deavere Smith, Patti LuPone, John Leguizamo, and Fiona Shaw. »
Episodes: 80 (half-hour)
TV show dates: June 8, 2009 -- June 29, 2015
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
This dark situation comedy revolves around a flawed emergency room nurse from All Saints' Hospital in New York City. She does her best to juggle her personal responsibilities with her challenging work life.
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'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women, »
- Andre Soares
There's no worries that Nurse Jackie will be cancelled this time around since Showtime has already announced that season seven is the end. Will the TV show end its run on a ratings high or will the numbers drop lower. We'll have to wait and see.
A dark comedy, Nurse Jackie revolves around Jackie Peyton, an emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York. She's strong-willed but has a hard time juggling both her frenzied job and her home life without a little prescription assistance. The rest of the cast includes Anna Deavere Smith, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Peter Facinelli, Dominic Fumusa, Stephen Wallem, Ruby Jerins, Mackenzie Aladjem, Adam Ferrara, Morris Chestnut, and Betty Gilpin.
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When Anna Deavere Smith's drama "Twilight: Los Angeles" at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she created a searing, innovative and truly American piece of theater by exploring the riots from multiple points of view. Now, on the 23rd anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, PBS' "Great Performances" series presents a special broadcast of Marc LevinFriday, June 12 at 9 p.m. Et (check local listings). Prior to the screening, Smith will provide a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
When Anna Deavere Smith's drama "Twilight: Los Angeles" at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she created a searing, innovative and truly American piece of theater by exploring the riots from multiple points of view. Now, on the 23rd anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, PBS' "Great Performances" series presents a special broadcast of Marc LevinFriday, June 12 at 9 p.m. Et (check local listings). Prior to the screening, Smith will provide a new introduction to her landmark piece as its themes continue to reverberate powerfully within the context of today's current events. In her acclaimed one-woman show, later directed by George C. Wolfe on Broadway, Smith gives voice to 40 real-life "characters," from a Korean...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” was headed for a fiery ending — literally — at the conclusion of its seventh and final season, Executive Producer Clyde Phillips told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena.
“We were going to burn the hospital down,” Phillips revealed, after teasing that he and the writing staff completely changed their minds before the season began shooting.
“Nurse Jackie” is set in a New York City medical center.
Naturally, Phillips wouldn’t divulge »
- Tony Maglio
7 items from 2015
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