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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | March 14, 1991
"GRAND HOTEL," the musical in its last weekend at th Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, is remarkably faithful to the 1932 film on which it is based.The film version, a classic, was the blockbuster of its day. It was big in every way -- in story and production -- and above all, it had star power.Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt were in the cast. John Barrymore almost didn't make it. Garbo, still hoping to salvage the career of her ex-lover, John Gilbert,When the film opened in Baltimore at the Auditorium (later, the Mayfair)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2011
The races and the sexes will get an intense look during Rep Stage 's 2011-2012 season, the company's 19th. Michael Stebbins, producing artistic director of the Equity theater in residence at Howard Community College, will guide the season-opening production of "Or," by Liz Duffy Adams. This work, which enjoyed a success Off Broadway in 2009, fuses 1960s sensibilities to a 1660s story about real-life playwright Aphra Behn and the Restoration in England, when theaters were re-opened and restrictions on female actors were removed.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | September 10, 1993
Humphrey Bogart had a lot to teach the nebbishy Woody Allen in "Play It Again, Sam," and the lessons of that successful play/film didn't escape playwright Paul Rudnick.Substitute the celebrated American actor John Barrymore for "Bogey," and you have the gist of Mr. Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet," the clever comedy that opens the 1993-94 season at The Colonial Players of Annapolis.Andrew Rally is a vacuous Hollywood actor who's been asked to perform "Hamlet" at New York City's "Shakespeare in the Park" after the cancellation of his schlocky TV series.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2005
Kenneth M. Charlow, the third-generation owner of a Baltimore custom tailoring establishment that was known for nearly a century for its meticulously hand-crafted garments, died of heart failure Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 84. Mr. Charlow, whose father and grandfather were tailors, was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Park Circle neighborhood. He was a 1938 graduate of City College and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served in Europe in ground support with the 486th Bomb Squadron.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 12, 2000
There is much to like about "I Hate Hamlet," Pasadena Theatre Company's current offering at the Humanities Recital Hall at Anne Arundel Community College. Contemporary playwright Paul Rudnick's frothy comedy introduces us to young television actor Andrew Rally, who has just completed a successful TV series in Hollywood and has been booked to play Hamlet in the Park. Concerned that he'll fail, Andrew is about to turn down the part when the ghost of a once-famous Hamlet is summoned by a sM-Xance held in Andrew's New York apartment.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 5, 2000
Pasadena Theatre Company will open its 22nd season this weekend with contemporary playwright Paul Rudnick's comedy "I Hate Hamlet." Rudnick's protagonist, young, successful California soap star Andrew Rally, has been booked to perform Hamlet in the Park and suspects that he's not up to the acting challenge. Andrew is about to turn down the role when a formidable acting coach arrives on the scene in the ghostly form of legendary Shakespearean actor John Barrymore. It seems that Barrymore once lived in the lavish New York apartment Rally has rented.
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By Ann Hornaday | August 6, 1998
"Halloween H2O" not your cuppa water? Don't feel like rolling with "Snake Eyes"? Pining for vintage Hollywood entertainment of yesteryear?The Orpheum in Fells Point has your number. This week, the venerable revival house is mounting its annual "Film Collectors Showcase," a quirky collection of rarely seen cinematic jewels.Tonight at 7:30: "Dust Be My Destiny," a 1939 would-be classic starring John Garfield as a jailed drifter who falls for the daughter of a sadistic prison guard (Alan Hale)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | April 16, 1993
Paul Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet" is so chock full of theatrical jokes, one-liners and intentionally hammy acting that, especially for a non-professional cast, it must be difficult not to break out laughing right along with the audience.Compounding that difficulty is the challenge of finding an actor who can deliver an acceptable impersonation of the great John Barrymore and doesn't look ridiculous in tights.At the Vagabond Players, director Steve Goldklang has found that actor in accomplished local thespian, Mark E. Campion.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2011
The races and the sexes will get an intense look during Rep Stage 's 2011-2012 season, the company's 19th. Michael Stebbins, producing artistic director of the Equity theater in residence at Howard Community College, will guide the season-opening production of "Or," by Liz Duffy Adams. This work, which enjoyed a success Off Broadway in 2009, fuses 1960s sensibilities to a 1660s story about real-life playwright Aphra Behn and the Restoration in England, when theaters were re-opened and restrictions on female actors were removed.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2005
Kenneth M. Charlow, the third-generation owner of a Baltimore custom tailoring establishment that was known for nearly a century for its meticulously hand-crafted garments, died of heart failure Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 84. Mr. Charlow, whose father and grandfather were tailors, was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Park Circle neighborhood. He was a 1938 graduate of City College and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served in Europe in ground support with the 486th Bomb Squadron.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 12, 2000
There is much to like about "I Hate Hamlet," Pasadena Theatre Company's current offering at the Humanities Recital Hall at Anne Arundel Community College. Contemporary playwright Paul Rudnick's frothy comedy introduces us to young television actor Andrew Rally, who has just completed a successful TV series in Hollywood and has been booked to play Hamlet in the Park. Concerned that he'll fail, Andrew is about to turn down the part when the ghost of a once-famous Hamlet is summoned by a sM-Xance held in Andrew's New York apartment.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 5, 2000
Pasadena Theatre Company will open its 22nd season this weekend with contemporary playwright Paul Rudnick's comedy "I Hate Hamlet." Rudnick's protagonist, young, successful California soap star Andrew Rally, has been booked to perform Hamlet in the Park and suspects that he's not up to the acting challenge. Andrew is about to turn down the role when a formidable acting coach arrives on the scene in the ghostly form of legendary Shakespearean actor John Barrymore. It seems that Barrymore once lived in the lavish New York apartment Rally has rented.
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By Ann Hornaday | August 6, 1998
"Halloween H2O" not your cuppa water? Don't feel like rolling with "Snake Eyes"? Pining for vintage Hollywood entertainment of yesteryear?The Orpheum in Fells Point has your number. This week, the venerable revival house is mounting its annual "Film Collectors Showcase," a quirky collection of rarely seen cinematic jewels.Tonight at 7:30: "Dust Be My Destiny," a 1939 would-be classic starring John Garfield as a jailed drifter who falls for the daughter of a sadistic prison guard (Alan Hale)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 20, 1997
A great actor portraying a great actor.That's the gist of "Barrymore" -- William Luce's biographical drama starring Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore.But while this nearly one-man show -- which is playing a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre -- pays homage to the late legendary leading man, it is by no means a reverent homage.Plummer makes his staggering entrance pushing a costume rack and singing a boozy rendition of "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Dressed in a navy double-breasted suit with broad-brimmed fedora over his wavy gray hair, he is the incarnation of dissolute elegance -- the sort of over-the-hill, larger-than-life celebrity you would stare at in awe, and perhaps disbelief, but not dare approach.
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By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 26, 1996
"I wanted her to be deliciously sweet," Drew Barrymore says of her doomed sweater chick in "Scream," the Wes Craven homage to slasher flicks now in theaters. "You never want to see bad things happen to a sweet person."Just then, a call comes through to her Manhattan hotel suite. The eeriness of the timing isn't lost on Hollywood's oldest 21-year-old: Her "Scream" character's ordeal begins with a phone call."Hey, isn't that ironic," she says, then bellows: "Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!"The playful scream could probably be heard out on 57th Street, 43 floors below.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | September 10, 1993
Humphrey Bogart had a lot to teach the nebbishy Woody Allen in "Play It Again, Sam," and the lessons of that successful play/film didn't escape playwright Paul Rudnick.Substitute the celebrated American actor John Barrymore for "Bogey," and you have the gist of Mr. Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet," the clever comedy that opens the 1993-94 season at The Colonial Players of Annapolis.Andrew Rally is a vacuous Hollywood actor who's been asked to perform "Hamlet" at New York City's "Shakespeare in the Park" after the cancellation of his schlocky TV series.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 20, 1997
A great actor portraying a great actor.That's the gist of "Barrymore" -- William Luce's biographical drama starring Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore.But while this nearly one-man show -- which is playing a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre -- pays homage to the late legendary leading man, it is by no means a reverent homage.Plummer makes his staggering entrance pushing a costume rack and singing a boozy rendition of "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Dressed in a navy double-breasted suit with broad-brimmed fedora over his wavy gray hair, he is the incarnation of dissolute elegance -- the sort of over-the-hill, larger-than-life celebrity you would stare at in awe, and perhaps disbelief, but not dare approach.
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By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 26, 1996
"I wanted her to be deliciously sweet," Drew Barrymore says of her doomed sweater chick in "Scream," the Wes Craven homage to slasher flicks now in theaters. "You never want to see bad things happen to a sweet person."Just then, a call comes through to her Manhattan hotel suite. The eeriness of the timing isn't lost on Hollywood's oldest 21-year-old: Her "Scream" character's ordeal begins with a phone call."Hey, isn't that ironic," she says, then bellows: "Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!"The playful scream could probably be heard out on 57th Street, 43 floors below.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | April 16, 1993
Paul Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet" is so chock full of theatrical jokes, one-liners and intentionally hammy acting that, especially for a non-professional cast, it must be difficult not to break out laughing right along with the audience.Compounding that difficulty is the challenge of finding an actor who can deliver an acceptable impersonation of the great John Barrymore and doesn't look ridiculous in tights.At the Vagabond Players, director Steve Goldklang has found that actor in accomplished local thespian, Mark E. Campion.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | March 14, 1991
"GRAND HOTEL," the musical in its last weekend at th Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, is remarkably faithful to the 1932 film on which it is based.The film version, a classic, was the blockbuster of its day. It was big in every way -- in story and production -- and above all, it had star power.Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt were in the cast. John Barrymore almost didn't make it. Garbo, still hoping to salvage the career of her ex-lover, John Gilbert,When the film opened in Baltimore at the Auditorium (later, the Mayfair)
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