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December 11, 2008
ROBERT PROSKY, 77 Character actor appeared in 'Hill Street Blues' Robert Prosky, a character actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including Mrs. Doubtfire and Hill Street Blues, died Monday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from a heart procedure. Mr. Prosky appeared in more than 200 plays on Broadway and with Arena Stage, a regional theater company in Washington. He appeared in 38 films and numerous television shows. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Prosky studied economics at Temple University and served in the Air Force.
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December 11, 2008
ROBERT PROSKY, 77 Character actor appeared in 'Hill Street Blues' Robert Prosky, a character actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including Mrs. Doubtfire and Hill Street Blues, died Monday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from a heart procedure. Mr. Prosky appeared in more than 200 plays on Broadway and with Arena Stage, a regional theater company in Washington. He appeared in 38 films and numerous television shows. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Prosky studied economics at Temple University and served in the Air Force.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 13, 1990
Live theater will offer some exciting things in the Baltimore-Washington area during the upcoming months. Here are some titles and dates to watch for:* "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," written by August Wilson, author of "The Piano Lesson," is one of a series of plays dramatizing the life of black Americans. It opens Sept. 28 at Center Stage.* "Tru" opens the Morris A. Mechanic season. Robert Morse is the star of this one-man show in which he plays Truman Capote reacting to the reaction of some of the close "friends" he wrote about in less than flattering prose.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 4, 2000
"When they started this fire here, they never figured it would light up the whole sky," says the defense attorney in the courtroom drama "Inherit the Wind." But despite a star-studded cast, the production at Ford's Theatre in Washington never generates much power. The problem doesn't lie in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's 40-year-old play. A fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, the play has not only proved itself decade after decade, but also still occasionally engenders controversy, as it did in our own back yard in the 1980s when Harford County tried to prohibit a middle-school production.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | January 29, 1994
On an obvious level, Arthur Miller's "The Price" is a play about selling old furniture and airing dirty laundry. On a deeper level, it explores how two brothers can be raised in the same household, yet grow up unable to understand each other. But most importantly, "The Price" is about decency, defined as behavior arising out of sheer altruism.Under the direction of Joe Dowling, Arena Stage's production of this 1968 drama emphasizes all of these central points. But it is Stanley Anderson's deeply felt portrayal of Victor, the self-sacrificing policeman brother, that brings Miller's definition of decency to prominent, full-blooded life.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 19, 1996
To kill or not to kill, that is the question, and "Dead Man Walking," to its credit, doesn't have an answer. It seems to suggest the moral complexities of capital punishment are too dense for glib solutions.A meditation disguised (effectively) as a drama, it chronicles a naive but good-hearted nun's engagement in the life and ultimate execution of a Louisiana death row inmate. But unlike so many obligatory liberal screeds on capital punishment, Tim Robbins' brilliant and lacerating movie plays fair.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 4, 2000
"When they started this fire here, they never figured it would light up the whole sky," says the defense attorney in the courtroom drama "Inherit the Wind." But despite a star-studded cast, the production at Ford's Theatre in Washington never generates much power. The problem doesn't lie in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's 40-year-old play. A fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, the play has not only proved itself decade after decade, but also still occasionally engenders controversy, as it did in our own back yard in the 1980s when Harford County tried to prohibit a middle-school production.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 24, 1990
YOU SHOULD know, before you consider seeing ''Funny About Love,'' that this is a drama with more than a -- of comedy. The presence of Gene Wilder in the cast might lead you to believe that it's all comedy.In large part, it is an interesting, diverting film. The opening scenes are quite good. In these, a cartoonist, played by Wilder, meets a caterer, played by Christine Lahti.It's always reassuring to know that Lahti is in the cast of any film. But there are some troublesome scenes early in the movie that she and Wilder must go through before we get to the better part of the movie.
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By Michael Hill | October 19, 1990
Relax, Angela Lansbury fans, NBC has a scheduling ploy for you.Assuming the World Series goes five games, CBS will be pre-empting Lansbury's popular series "Murder, She Wrote" on Sunday night. But, at the same moment it usually comes on the air -- 8 o'clock -- NBC (Channel 2, WMAR) will show a new TV movie starring Lansbury, "The Love She Sought."And, in fact, it's a lot better than an episode of "Murder, She Wrote." Though its plot always teeters on the edge of cliche and contrivance, "The Love She Sought" is constantly pulled back onto the terra firma of solid drama by excellent acting and insightful characterizations.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | January 18, 1991
Gerard Depardieu is the big surprise in ''Green Card.'' The actor, without whom there might be no film industry in France, does surprisingly well with his lines. It's surprising because he doesn't really know the English language and was doing his lines by rote.The movie is a minor if not a major pleasure. One of the more interesting things about it is that it was directed by Peter Weir, the Australian who did ''Witness'' and ''Dead Poets Society.'' ''Green Card'' is not the sort of thing you'd expect from someone who did these and ''Picnic at Hanging Rock.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 19, 1996
To kill or not to kill, that is the question, and "Dead Man Walking," to its credit, doesn't have an answer. It seems to suggest the moral complexities of capital punishment are too dense for glib solutions.A meditation disguised (effectively) as a drama, it chronicles a naive but good-hearted nun's engagement in the life and ultimate execution of a Louisiana death row inmate. But unlike so many obligatory liberal screeds on capital punishment, Tim Robbins' brilliant and lacerating movie plays fair.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | January 29, 1994
On an obvious level, Arthur Miller's "The Price" is a play about selling old furniture and airing dirty laundry. On a deeper level, it explores how two brothers can be raised in the same household, yet grow up unable to understand each other. But most importantly, "The Price" is about decency, defined as behavior arising out of sheer altruism.Under the direction of Joe Dowling, Arena Stage's production of this 1968 drama emphasizes all of these central points. But it is Stanley Anderson's deeply felt portrayal of Victor, the self-sacrificing policeman brother, that brings Miller's definition of decency to prominent, full-blooded life.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 13, 1990
Live theater will offer some exciting things in the Baltimore-Washington area during the upcoming months. Here are some titles and dates to watch for:* "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," written by August Wilson, author of "The Piano Lesson," is one of a series of plays dramatizing the life of black Americans. It opens Sept. 28 at Center Stage.* "Tru" opens the Morris A. Mechanic season. Robert Morse is the star of this one-man show in which he plays Truman Capote reacting to the reaction of some of the close "friends" he wrote about in less than flattering prose.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 3, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- Nearly everyone involved in the making of a film bemoans a favorite scene that ends up on the cutting-room floor. We asked some film makers associated with a handful of 1990 movies to tell us about the outtakes they most remember -- or regret.The rough cut of Orion Pictures' "Dances With Wolves" -- the story of a U.S. soldier befriended by a tribe of Sioux Indians fighting for survival against invading whites -- came in at over five hours, and two hours had to be chopped. Film editor Neil Travis had no trouble picking the scene he and director-producer-star Kevin Costner would have most liked to save.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | December 20, 1990
An outstanding production of Thornton Wilder's wise tome on the bittersweet joy of living, "Our Town," is running at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., through Jan. 6.This impressive, nostalgic work is part of the theater's 40th anniversary season and features special guest artist and veteran company member Robert Prosky reprising his role as the Stage Manager. (The actor has played this role three times for the acclaimed Equity group).Prosky, lauded for his performances on Broadway in "A Walk in the Woods" and "Glengarry Glen Ross," is probably best known for his role as Sgt. Jablonski on the TV series, "Hill Street Blues."
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