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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 27, 1999
Hal Holbrook may be best known for his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain, but the actor is no stranger to Shakespeare. He has portrayed both the title role in "King Lear" and Shylock, the money lender, in "The Merchant of Venice" at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, and he is returning to the latter drama in director Michael Kahn's production of "Merchant," currently in previews at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington.The cast also includes Enid Graham as Shylock's trial opponent, Portia, and Keith Baxter as the merchant of the title.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2007
From Russia, with grace The music and motion of Eastern Europe come to the Lyric Opera House tomorrow when the Russian National Ballet Theatre and Orchestra take the stage for one night only. General Director Vladimir Moiseev, grandson of Russian ballet master Igor Moiseev and soloist with the Bolshoi Theater, heads the company of 55 dancers. Soloists, ages 17 to 25, have won numerous international accolades. The Russian National Ballet Theatre has performed worldwide and is currently touring the U.S. In the Baltimore leg of its tour, the company will perform to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
FEATURES
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | June 21, 2007
According to Shakespeare's text, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has reached the age of 30 and is a grown man. I suppose the author should know how old his own characters are, but I've always thought that what the Bard really crafted is a canny, dead-on portrait of a boy at least a decade younger. Hamlet is hyper-sensitive to slights to his nascent manhood. He is utterly self-absorbed, chafes at authority and is clueless about women. He runs hot one minute, cold the next. In other words, an adolescent.
NEWS
October 29, 2004
On Wednesday, October 27, 2004 MILDRED PEACOCK CROWDER of Bethesda, MD; beloved wife of the late Edward T. Crowder; loving mother of Janice Crowder Pulliam of Athens, GA. and the late Reverend Father Tomlin P. Crowder; grandmother of Juliet and Tomlin Pulliam and Catherine Anne Crowder; mother-in-law of H. Ronald Pulliam and Grace Anne Crowder. Memorial Service will be held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 4 P.M. Interment private.
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 30, 1990
THUMBS UP "Les Miserables," Morris A. Mechanic Theatre. Spectacular production based on a darned good yarn."O Pioneers!", Center Stage. One of the theater's crowning achievements."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 19, 1997
The most magnificent scene in the Shakespeare Theatre's production of "The Tempest" is the masque that Prospero conjures up to celebrate his daughter's betrothal.Part puppet show, part live-action, it glows with the colorful, jewel-like brilliance of stained glass. And, like stained glass, it is artificial, which is precisely the point.Living in exile on a desert island, Prospero has honed his mind and his magic, but he has also become increasingly distanced -- mentally as well as physically -- from the rest of humanity.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 15, 2005
There's a traditional curtain at the front of the Shakespeare Theatre stage for its production of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan. Regional theaters - and this one in particular - rarely use these curtains anymore. But if the curtain has an antique feel, the themes in this 1892 play still strike a modern note. Maybe that's why this play has undergone a recent resurgence. Center Stage opened its season with a revival; the Shakespeare Theatre ends its season with another revival; and next month the play will launch the season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | December 27, 1996
There's a wonderfully exuberant scene just before intermission in the production of "Antony and Cleopatra" at the ,, Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. The Roman triumvirate of Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus have just forged a peace treaty with the rebel Pompey, and they're celebrating aboard his galley.As staged by director Ron Daniels and choreographer Karma Camp, the celebration shifts to high gear when Antony and his devoted follower, Enobarbus, demonstrate an Egyptian dance on top of the banquet table.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | September 16, 1992
Washington -- "Troilus and Cressida" is the oddball Shakespearean play that defies labels. Part history, part romance, part comedy, part tragedy, it can either be seen as all of the above or as something else entirely -- Shakespeare's experiment in satire.At the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, British director Bill Alexander's assured, striking production is a rich blend of these disparate elements. And there's something else as well. Where most theaters steer clear of this troublesome script, the Shakespeare Theatre has actually managed to unearth added resonances.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 16, 2004
Shakespeare's Pericles is part fairy tale and part myth, and director Mary Zimmerman takes those characteristics and runs with them. Zimmerman's enchanting production at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre treats this picaresque tale of treachery, tempests, love, loss, reunion and redemption like a fanciful children's story. She divides the narrator's role among many players, who read aloud from a book as if it were a child's storybook. She uses toy sailboats on sticks to represent a royal fleet.
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