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January 4, 2006
On December 29, 2005, OTHELLO HARRY ARMSTRONG, JR.; beloved husband of Beverly Armstrong. On Wednesday friends may call at the VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES, 5151 Balto. Nat'l Pike, from 4 to 8 P.M. On Thursday, Mr. Armstrong will lie instate at John Wesley UM Church, 3202 W. North Avenue, where the family will receive friends from 10 to 10:30 A.M. with services to follow. Inquiries to 410-233-2400.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | January 17, 2007
A saucily corseted stage manager enters down the center aisle, flourishes a handkerchief and then drops it on the floor. That's the bold beginning of Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Between scenes, we hear the stage manager's voice calling lighting cues as three female stagehands come on stage, adding or subtracting props. Focusing this much attention on the folks behind the scenes is a little unconventional, but then, Paula Vogel's revisionist look at Shakespeare's Othello is a lot unconventional.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | February 18, 1994
Of Shakespeare's plays, "Othello," with its themes of love, jealousy, lust, betrayal and bigotry, probably hits the most nerves. At Center Stage, director Irene Lewis' production strips those nerves raw.There are several reasons for the production's gut-wrenching effect, beginning with Stephen Markle's relentlessly chilling performance as Iago. In this production, set in the 1950s with the military portrayed as Marines, Markle's Iago is the type of gritty career soldier who excels in war. In peacetime, he is at such a loss that he instigates a battle simply because it's the only way he knows how to function.
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January 11, 2007
`Desdemona' The lowdown -- Desdemona, a Play About a Handkerchief, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's revisionist interpretation of Othello, opens tomorrow at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Focusing on Othello's bride, Desdemona; her maid, Emilia; and the prostitute Bianca, Vogel's play gives the women their say in Shakespeare's male-dominated world. If you go -- The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival performs at the Elizabethan Stage at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Ave. Show times vary through Jan. 28. Tickets are $15-$25.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 17, 1992
If anyone was ever richer than all his tribe, it was certainly Orson Welles: he was rich in talent and vision and energy. And like the Othello he played in one of his greatest movies, he was brought low by baser men who conspired against him, resenting his greatness; and at the same time, also like Othello, he had to share the responsibility for that destruction, so readily did he collaborate in it.Now, thanks to an inventive effort, "Othello" has been...
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 15, 2001
REALIZING A longtime dream, Clarksville resident Mirta de la Torre Mulhare recently staged her original musical "O.T.," a retelling of Shakespeare's "Othello." Mulhare composed the music, lyrics and libretto for the production, staged last weekend at Wesley United Methodist Church in Washington. "I started writing music when I was 6," Mulhare said. "Music has always been a part of my life." Music has not been everything in Mulhare's life. After studying music for years as a child, she married young and decided to pursue biomedical sciences as a more profitable way to earn a living.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 5, 1990
Washington---As recently as Paul Robeson's day, it was considered daring to cast a black actor in the title role of Shakespeare's "Othello." That practice is virtually the norm today. But at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, director Harold Scott has added another twist -- he has also cast a black actor as Iago, the trusted ensign who incites the Moor's fatal jealousy.It is an inspired choice, and not merely because of Andre Braugher's carefully calculated performance as Iago. One problem with this great tragedy is that it's difficult to understand why Iago succeeds so rapidly in convincing Othello -- a military general who is presumably a good judge of character -- that his young Venetian bride, Desdemona, has been unfaithful.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 8, 2005
Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company has produced Othello three times in the past 15 years. What the theater hasn't done with Shakespeare's tale of racism, jealousy and betrayal is cast it traditionally - until now. In 1997, Othello was played by a white actor (Patrick Stewart) and the rest of the cast was black; in 1990, Othello and villainous Iago were both played by black actors (Avery Brooks and Andre Braugher, respectively). This time around, Brooks is reprising the title role, but as is standard modern practice, Iago is played by a white actor (Patrick Page)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 17, 1992
If anyone was ever richer than all his tribe, it was certainly Orson Welles: He was rich in talent and vision and energy. And like the Othello he played in one of his greatest movies, he was brought low by baser men who conspired against him, resentiIf anyone was ever richer than all his tribe, it was certainly Orson Welles: He was rich in talent and vision and energy. And like the Othello he played in one of his greatest movies, he was brought low by baser men who conspired against him, resenting his greatness; and at the same time, also like Othello, he had to share the responsibility for that destruction, so readily did he collaborate in it.Now, thanks to an inventive effort, "Othello" has been returned to us (it opens today at the Senator)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | July 10, 1992
At the beginning of Shakespeare on Wheels' production of "Othello," the actors introduce themselves to the audience and say a few words about their characters. It's a user-friendly approach to Shakespeare, and it is typical of this highly accessible User-friendliness is especially important since Shakespeare on Wheels, the University of Maryland Baltimore County's traveling theater, performs everywhere from parks to prisons and frequently serves as an introduction to the Bard for children and adults alike.
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September 22, 2006
Community theater -- Anne Arundel Community College will present Othello at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and employees, and $5 for AACC students. 410-777-2457.
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January 4, 2006
On December 29, 2005, OTHELLO HARRY ARMSTRONG, JR.; beloved husband of Beverly Armstrong. On Wednesday friends may call at the VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES, 5151 Balto. Nat'l Pike, from 4 to 8 P.M. On Thursday, Mr. Armstrong will lie instate at John Wesley UM Church, 3202 W. North Avenue, where the family will receive friends from 10 to 10:30 A.M. with services to follow. Inquiries to 410-233-2400.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 2, 2005
If Kleenex had existed, the tragedy might not have happened. The tragedy is Shakespeare's "Othello," and the plot turns on a handkerchief. The title character gives an heirloom hanky to his bride, Desdemona. She loses this gift. It falls into the wrong hands. Othello becomes convinced his wife is unfaithful, and his jealousy spirals out of control. Few objects in the Shakespearean canon play as prominent a role as this silk square, "spotted with strawberries" and with "magic in the web of it," according to the script, which mentions the word "handkerchief" almost 30 times.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 30, 2005
The idea for presenting Othello at St. John's College in Annapolis started in a series of conversations among tutors and students with a strong interest in theater. William Shakespeare's domestic tragedy is "particularly action oriented about the character Iago, who never met a man who knew how to love himself," said senior Brian Jones, a first-time director. "That's what the play is about." Angry that Moor warrior Othello chose Cassio over him as his lieutenant, Iago propels the action by manipulating character against character.
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September 27, 2005
Urie Bronfenbrenner, 88, a Cornell University psychologist who pioneered an interdisciplinary approach to the study of child development and helped create the federal Head Start program, died Sunday at his home in Ithaca, N.Y., from diabetes complications. He had been a member of the Cornell faculty since 1948. The Russian-born Dr. Bronfenbrenner was credited with creating the interdisciplinary field of human ecology and was widely regarded as one of the world's leading scholars in developmental psychology and child-rearing.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 8, 2005
Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company has produced Othello three times in the past 15 years. What the theater hasn't done with Shakespeare's tale of racism, jealousy and betrayal is cast it traditionally - until now. In 1997, Othello was played by a white actor (Patrick Stewart) and the rest of the cast was black; in 1990, Othello and villainous Iago were both played by black actors (Avery Brooks and Andre Braugher, respectively). This time around, Brooks is reprising the title role, but as is standard modern practice, Iago is played by a white actor (Patrick Page)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | February 13, 1994
Peter Francis James plays the lead in Center Stage's production of "Othello," but he hasn't always been a fan of Shakespeare's famous Moor.As a young man studying at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, James recalls his tutor giving him a copy of the script and asking: "Why don't we have a bash at the inevitable?""I didn't like the role at the time," the tall, aristocratic-looking actor says bluntly. "I didn't like the . . . idea of Othello that kind of floats in the popular culture, which is of this really kind of violent, bestial idiot."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 8, 2003
The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival has inaugurated its new home, a church, with a play that besmirches much that is holy. This contrast between setting and subject matter sharply heightens the conflict between goodness and evil, innocence and corruption, that is at the core of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, Othello. Besides introducing its permanent home in Hampden, the production also marks another significant turning point for the company - its first major contract with Actors' Equity, the professional actors' union, since the festival nearly foundered in 1998.
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