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Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton Essay

I went to a live theatre trip to watch ‘Bouncers’ on Friday 9th December at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton. ‘Bouncers’ is written by John Godber and is set in and around a nightclub called ‘Mr Cinders’, with the action focusing on the exploits of four doormen and their customers. Multi-rolling is used mainly when the…

Fuse Theatre Company Essay

On the 16th March 2008, the Fuse Theatre Company came into school and did a play which is called the Shadow Companion. This had taken place in the theatre. This play had consisted of four characters their names are Asra Abboud, Ruby Wellbourn, Billy Wellbourn and Khadmin Abboud. Their actual names are Sarah Amankwah, Aisiling…

Apollo Victoria Theatre Essay

The play in which I have chosen to review is a musical named Wicked which I went to see in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London’s westend. The musical is new and is based on the bestselling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire….

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Theatre Review of Blue Remembered Hills Essay

On the 6th of February 2008, Dennis Potters wartime play ‘Blue Remembered Hills was performed to approximately 100 people at Birmingham’s Crescent Theatre. As a well established theatre and production company I had very high hopes and expectations which were unexpectedly shattered by the amateur acting and ridiculous staging. Blue Remembered Hills is an intellectual play…

The New Victoria Theater Essay

The play we went to watch was called ‘The Woman In Black.’ The playwright was by Stephen Mallatratt in the The New Victoria Theater and we watched this on the 1st February 2010 I thought that the play was very clever in which they directed the whole play. The play basically is this old man called…

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane Essay

On the 3rd of November, 2006 I saw The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Producers is a west-end musical based on the 1968 film. It follows the story of two directors, Bialystock (played by Cory English) and Bloom (played by Reece Shearsmith) who attempt to put on a show that is a…

Woman In Black – Live Theatre Review Essay

On the 29th of November I went to see the woman in black at the fortune theatre in London. The play was adapted from Susan Hill’s original novel, ‘The Woman in Black’, by Stephan Mallart into a semi-naturalistic play within a play. The book pulled on themes from Victorian ghost stories, making it a horror…

10 Things I Hate About You: Movie Review essay

Katerina Stratford (Julie Stiles) takes no prisoners in her approach to life. She lives a virtually un-materialistic life compared to her little sister Bianca (Larissa Oleynik) who lives life as Daddy’s little princess and loves it. Only one thing stands in the way of happiness for Bianca; the one rule that stands in her household,…

Original Dracula movie Essay

A comparison between the original DRACULA movie (1931) and the (1994) movie INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE. Although the two films may be similar from being of the horror genre and vampirical sub-genre there are evidently several differences between the two. Our original (1931) was adapted from the novel written by Bram Stoker, Stoker’s story is closely followed,…

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Modern Horror Essay

“Gothic”, a term primarily used to describe the style of architecture that flourished in Western Europe during the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. However, the word “Gothic” was originally familiarised be Italian Renaissance writers as a term for all art and architecture of the middle ages, which they recognised as comparable to the works of the…

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A Pinter puzzle still unsolved Essay

The Roundabout Theatre Company’s new mounting of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming opened in New York last October just a few days after the tragicomic, hothouse confrontation between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. Suddenly, this once enigmatic play (routinely referred to in the late ’60s as “Pinter’s puzzle”) seemed all too clear, almost didactically so. Ruth,…

A public life Essay

Joseph Papp was the most powerful and infuential man in the American theatre, dominating his world through the force of his own dazzling paradoxical personality. For him, there was no contradiction in the diverse roles he chose to play. An idealist had to be a pragmatist, for how else would he able to bring his ideals…

Black Orpheus: A Mythical, Musical Story Essay

Subterranean rhythms Orpheus, the dauntless son of Thracian King Oeagrus and the muse Calliope, is one of history’s most renowed poet-musicians – real or invented. The god Apollo presented him with a lyre whose ethereal sounds had power to soothe savage beasts and cause rocks and trees to move. When his beloved wife Eurydice abruptly died…

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Disenchanted isle: a casebook on the making of Jennifer Tipton’s ‘Tempest.’ Essay

Veteran lighting designer Jenifer Tipton made her debut as a director in October at Minneapoli’s Guthrie Theater with a harsh, uncompromising production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Her sudden transformation from design artist to director was a bold step that surprised many perhaps no one more than Tipton herself. The project had its beginnings in the spring…

NEA offers ’91 grants, more info Essay

New information programs, new appointments and a slate of new grants to assist the nation’s artistically underserved communities have been announced by the National Endowment for the Arts.The United States Travel and Tourism Administration has teamed up with the NEA to develop a plan to help instill an increased awareness of America’s cultural diversity to…

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Not just a cabaret Essay

Weimar recreated at Louisville Classics Festival, highlighted by rare visit of the Berliner Ensemble. In the 1920s, Berlin was a city with a case of the jitters. From the abdication of the Kaiser in 1918 to the appointment of Adolf Hitler as chancellor of the Third Reich in 1933, Berlin and Germany experienced, in the…

The Black Rider Essay

As I recently screened a video for my students of Robert Wilson’s celebrated Hamburg production of The Black Rider — I had seen a performance two summers ago at the Vienna Festival, where Wilson adapted it for Austrian television — I was reminded of what a loss it was for American audiences when the appearance…

Winning writers Essay

Chicago-based playwright and actor Scott McPherson has been named a recipient of a 1991 Whiting Writers’ Award for his second play, Marvin’s Room, a black comedy originally produced at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and currently running at New York’s Playwrights Horizons. The Whiting Foundation, now in its seventh year, annually awards $30,000 grants to each of…

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A new progressivism Essay

Never before have we had to rely so much on nonprofit organizations to maintain elementary decency in our society as we do today, but at the same time never before have the challenges for nonprofits been tougher. Some of the difficulties arise from the nature of American culture. At our best, Americans have the enthusiasm,…

Hellraiser Essay

A chorus of nine naked males clog dance to bouncy rhythms of “THE Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” A boy with green hair is immersed upside down in a fish tank and whipped, his nude body sparking with rings through his tongue, nipples, stomach and genitals. Somebody’s Fairy Godmother is carried onstage: a four-foot-high…

How safe is it? Essay

At a recent meeting of representatives from different arts fields, one of the participants offered a suggestion: In this increasingly conservative climate, with the religious right and conservative politicians nibbling away at the National Endowment for the Arts, perhaps it is time to look for alternative funding sources for those “controversial” art forms that are…

Making waves Essay

Exit, pursued by a bear” is a bit of a stretch for most theatres producing The Winter’s Tale. But on radio, this stage direction stretches imagination rather than resources: A bear’s roar, a man’s terrified scream and off? Maybe a narrator stating it simply and chillingly? Or with a smile in his voice, as with…

Power to the actor Essay

Faced so consistently with actors maneuvered by auteur-directors who disdain them almost as much as they loathe the transparency of good playwriting, I”m prepared, at last, to confess that Donald Wolfit was one of the greatest actors I ever saw. By which I mean to indicate, quixotically perhaps, that great actors in the full sway…

Women on men (and vice versa) Essay

Women on men (and vicversa) Toward the end of Arnold Wesker’s new play Three Women Talking, a slightly tipsy character named Claire Dawn Hope delivers a long speech at an all-female dinner party. Introduced mock-portentously as “the Puzaltski story,” the speech is a vulgar joke about a wife who fills in for her football-player husband…

Broadway ballyhoo Essay

TWENTY-ONE PRODUCTIONS are scheduled to open on Broadway this spring, nearly as many as opened in the first six months of the season. And an unusually high number of Hollywood celebrities will ride into town with the productions, raising expectations among some that Broadway may once again become a vibrant part of New York’s cultural…

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Last one out Essay

In August 1991, Brass Tacks Theatre of Minneapolis announced it was closing, effective immediately. The theatre had no debt, the board and artists were united, the past season successful and fund-raising for the upcoming season secure. The theatre thanked all of its funders prior to the public announcement and served notice it would not be…

‘Waltz’ in three dimensions Essay

Paula Vogel always encourages the students in her MFA playwriting workshop at Brown University to write plays that can be staged for under $100. The exercise is less concerned with teaching her novice playwrights how to negotiate the deplorable state of funding for the arts than it is to get them to rethink the theatrical…

Acting’s in my blood Essay

The playbill for a show presented at Arizona State University’s Institute for Studies in the Arts reads: “Two One-Act Plays performed as part of the Performance Induced Personality Transformation & Immunity Project.” Further along, the program contains this eye-opener: “Because we need to draw blood and have it shipped by 5 p.m. each day, we…

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Adrienne Kennedy Essay

Like the shy, obsessive heroines of her earliest plays, Adrienne Kennedy led something of a sheltered childhood. She grew up in the 1930s and ’40s in the integrated and culturally diverse middle-class neighborhoods of Mt. Pleasant and Glenville on the east side of Cleveland. “It was an exciting neighborhood, an exciting mixture of people, immigrant…

Art attack Essay

The show ended at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros one February night like any other. The audience applauded and went home; the cast washed up and headed out. One actor, pleased enough with his performance in a variety of roles in Joe Pintauro’s Wild Blue – among them, a gay uncle making amends with an estranged…

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