Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tom Stoppard is a very verbal playwright, especially his early work, so the plays read well. But they are a challenge to act. Here's Benedict Cumberbatch doing about three minutes in Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead. He's renowned lately for his facility with lots of words (Sherlock being a major instance) but I think this three minutes demonstrates how to act all those words. He reveals their humor, but he also makes them the expression of the character's thoughts and feelings. It's a very impressive three minutes, illuminating what makes Stoppard's words theatrical, but especially it seems to me a clinic for actors, period.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Searchers from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, UK; St. Leonard, Maryland and Cincinnati, Ohio found Neil Simon and several of his plays.
A post about past productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream enchanted folks in Mechanisburg, PA, Jakarta, Indonesia; Wolverhampton, UK; Dubai, Beaverton, Oregon; Lexington, Kentucky; and Qatar.
Othello on Film was viewed from London, Washington, DC; Naperville, Illinois; Suffolk in England; Waldorf, Maryland; Argentina, and Kirksville, Missouri. Readers in Crowley, Texas and Berkeley, California leered at famous productions of King Lear.
The Tempest and the Time Lord, plus historic productions of The Tempest caught the attention of browsers in Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, Brussels, Belgium; Calicut, India and Aiea, Hawaii. Someone in Anderson, South Carolina checked out Much Ado About Nothing. Twice.
Aukland, New Zealand studied Greeks.
The surprisingly robust attention to "Chekhovania" (about the Christopher Durang play) came from Moscow, Chicago Heights, Hazlet, New Jersey; Dillon, Colorado; New York City, Tallahassee and Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Folks from Wallsend (Sting's birthplace) and Bromley (H.G. Wells' birthplace) in England dug The Pit Men Painters. Bluffington, South Carolina embraced Our Town.
Athens and South Africa chose Look Back in Anger. Georgia hearted Mark Twain. Dakar, Senegal and Ankeny, Iowa looked Beyond the Fringe.
St. Ignatius, Montana bid Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. Kent, Washington explored posts on the Federal Theatre Project. Ligonier, PA and Conway, Arkansas met G.W. Shaw and My Fair Lady. Shakuntala attracted someone in Sulpher, Louisiana.
Inquiring minds in Koln, Germany and Rosny-sous-bois, Ile-de-France wanted to know more about August Wilson.
St. John's of Antigua and Barbuda were curious about Requiem in Arcata. Amsterdam traveled to Korbel V. Portugal accessed Babes in Toyland.
Readers in Finland, Japan and Buffalo, New York were among those who paid their respects to Leonard Nimoy here. Syosset, New York viewed "Print is the new vinyl," among those who selected recent posts.
So some of posts specifically selected were as recent as a few days ago, and some were posts from as long ago as 2007 (at least of the dates I noticed.)
I've said it before, I'll say it once more: This is the Internet I believe in: access to a backlist forever, from anywhere, at any time. An Internet for individuals as well as the swarm of the moment.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Here's a treat, though a long one. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart talk about important moments in their stage careers and their lives, as well as their feelings about their film/TV stardom. It's a fascinating 90 minutes.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Leonard Nimoy started on the stage in Boston, and returned to the stage in the 1970s, appearing in Equus on Broadway. His best-known role of course was Mr. Spock in Star Trek on television and in eight of the twelve feature films, as well as on several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His attention to creating that role, protecting its integrity, and developing it over four decades is unique in modern acting, with multiple lessons for actors in all media. The character he created transcended entertainment to become a contemporary archetype, one of the few mythological figures of our age.
Leonard Nimoy was buried today in Los Angeles. May he rest in peace. His work lives on, into the future.