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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 26, 2000
Shakespeare reveals so little of the characters' inner life in "Coriolanus" that a director can sway an audience's sympathy with his interpretation. However, at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre, Michael Kahn takes a cold, cynical drama and turns the temperature down even farther. Updating the action to pre-World War II Italy, Kahn's opening scene shows an angry group of working-class protesters bearing placards with such slogans as "Food for the people" and "Free corn now." You might think you were watching a play by Clifford Odets, instead of Shakespeare's last tragedy.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 26, 2000
Shakespeare reveals so little of the characters' inner life in "Coriolanus" that a director can sway an audience's sympathy with his interpretation. However, at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre, Michael Kahn takes a cold, cynical drama and turns the temperature down even farther. Updating the action to pre-World War II Italy, Kahn's opening scene shows an angry group of working-class protesters bearing placards with such slogans as "Food for the people" and "Free corn now." You might think you were watching a play by Clifford Odets, instead of Shakespeare's last tragedy.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 24, 1997
Oliver!'Liberty Showcase Theatre is celebrating its silver anniversary with the musical "Oliver!" which opens a three-weekend run tomorrow.The title role will be shared by Stephen Apple and Michael Frank, who will perform alternate performances in this Lionel Bart adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Direction of the nearly 60-member cast is by Michael Kahn, with choreography by Blake Pearson.Liberty Showcase Theatre performs at the Sudbrook Arts Centre on the corner of Alter and Bedford roads in Pikesville.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 24, 1998
"Saving Private Ryan," the highly anticipated World War II drama by Steven Spielberg, may be the director's masterwork, even outpacing the accomplishment of "Schindler's List." It is unquestionably the purest film Spielberg has made since "Jaws."The movie pulses with raw, vital power from its very beginning, which takes place on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. A boatload of Army Rangers is heading toward shore, watchful and tense, praying, throwing up. Their leader, Capt.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 24, 1998
"Saving Private Ryan," the highly anticipated World War II drama by Steven Spielberg, may be the director's masterwork, even outpacing the accomplishment of "Schindler's List." It is unquestionably the purest film Spielberg has made since "Jaws."The movie pulses with raw, vital power from its very beginning, which takes place on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. A boatload of Army Rangers is heading toward shore, watchful and tense, praying, throwing up. Their leader, Capt.
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March 9, 2007
Photography exhibit -- The Benfield Gallery will exhibit gelatin silver print photography by Michael Kahn through April 30 in the club dining room at the Chartwell Golf and Country Club, 1 Chartwell Drive, Severna Park. The show will feature antique boat shows through the eyes of a photographer. 410-544-2299 or www.benfieldgallery .com.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,[sun theater critic] | November 26, 2006
George Farquhar ended his 1707 comedy, The Beaux' Stratagem, with a dance, but just about everything in director Michael Kahn's sprightly production at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre seems to dance -- especially the scenery. 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM' / / Through Dec. 31 / / Shakespeare Theatre, 450 7th St. N.W., Washington / / 877-487-8849 or shakespearetheatre.org
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 20, 2000
Shakespeare's last tragedy, "Coriolanus," currently in previews at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre, traces the journey of an arrogant Roman military leader from hero to traitor. The production, directed by Michael Kahn, stars Andrew Long. It features the largest cast in the Shakespeare Theatre's history. The updated design features costumes by Jess Goldstein that suggest the fascist regime of Mussolini and a set by Walt Spangler highlighted by a giant staircase that combines the feel of both classical Rome and art deco.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 2, 1999
The Shakespearean masterpiece "King Lear" opens the season at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre on Tuesday. Company member Ted van Griethuysen stars as the tragic monarch, under Michael Kahn's direction.Portraying Lear's daughters, Regan and Goneril, are Jennifer Harmon and Baltimorean Tana Hicken. Monique Holt plays Cordelia, the youngest daughter. Holt, who is hearing-impaired, is signing her lines, which are spoken by Floyd King, the actor playing Lear's Fool."King Lear" is currently in previews.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 14, 2006
The Fab Four and Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost. You might not see an immediate connection, but director Michael Kahn does, and he makes the most of it in his 1960s update of the courtly comedy at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre. Shakespeare's play is about three young noblemen who, with King Ferdinand of Navarre, vow to devote themselves to three years of study and forsake worldly indulgences, including the company of women. In Kahn's rendition, the three young men are members of a Beatles-like rock group.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 24, 1997
Oliver!'Liberty Showcase Theatre is celebrating its silver anniversary with the musical "Oliver!" which opens a three-weekend run tomorrow.The title role will be shared by Stephen Apple and Michael Frank, who will perform alternate performances in this Lionel Bart adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Direction of the nearly 60-member cast is by Michael Kahn, with choreography by Blake Pearson.Liberty Showcase Theatre performs at the Sudbrook Arts Centre on the corner of Alter and Bedford roads in Pikesville.
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January 1, 2005
On Wednesday, December 29, 2004, STANLEY KAHN, beloved husband of the late Helen Kahn (nee Skaggs); loving father of Dennis Michael Kahn, of Darlington, MD, and the late Susan Kahn; beloved brother of Ralph Kahn. Funeral services and interment will be held on Monday, January 3, 2 P.M., at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery - 2100 Belair Road. The family will be at the chapel - 8900 Reisterstown Road (at Mount Wilson Lane), on Sunday, January 2, from 7 to 9 P.M. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, MD (21093)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 3, 1998
There's been a resurgence of interest in Oscar Wilde lately - from the off-Broadway hit "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" to the Stephen Fry movie "Wilde." Not to be left out, Washington's Shakespeare Theatre is producing one of the playwright's less frequently revived comedies, "A Woman of No Importance," currently in previews and opening Tuesday.Under Michael Kahn's direction, designing woman Dixie Carter stars as Mrs. Arbuthnot, a woman with a secret. Most recently, Carter appeared on Broadway as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's "Master Class."
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