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By Hap Erstein and Hap Erstein,Cox News Service | April 24, 1995
Loretta Swit owes her two Emmy Awards to Maj. Margaret Houlihan, the feisty head nurse role she played for 11 years on television's highly acclaimed series, "M*A*S*H." It is the part that brought her into America's living rooms and afforded her a measure of celebrity. People often associate her with "Hot Lips," which drives her a little batty.Ask her how she feels about getting stuck in the public's consciousness as a member of the "M*A*S*H" ensemble and the actress' tone turns decidedly icy. "How can I answer that question?
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 31, 2003
Vivien Hewitt asks all the singers to take a deep breath and then plunges into another rehearsal for Baltimore Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, which opens tonight at the Lyric Opera House. "We're going to clean up little messy corners, tiny little details," the director says. Moments later, she's refining the way two men carry items onto the stage, intently watching their every step, the placement of their hands. "It's got to be slow and imposing, as Japanese ceremonies are," she says.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | February 3, 1995
Proving the adage that anything can happen in live theater, the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts has announced several changes in the remainder of the season."
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | September 22, 2002
Hotlips Houlihan had the body of a Venus, but no idea how to use it. That's certainly not true of Loretta Swit's newest role -- as the principal narrator of The Vagina Monologues, which comes to the Mechanic Theatre this week for eight performances. Eve Ensler's show is based on 200 interviews with a diverse group of women from around the globe that are touching, bawdy and funny. The monologues are delivered by three actresses (Swit and two New York based-performers, Starla Benford and Kristen Lee Kelly)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 30, 1999
Although area audiences may know Binnie Ritchie Holum primarily as a dancer, in 1998 she gave a moving portrayal of the lead character in the Vagabond Players' production of Brian Clark's "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" Now she's back at the Vagabonds, this time playing the title role in Willy Russell's one-woman show "Shirley Valentine."Carol Mason directs this account of a repressed, middle-aged British housewife whose life is forever changed by a vacation to Greece."Shirley Valentine" continues through Oct. 17 at the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | September 22, 2002
Hotlips Houlihan had the body of a Venus, but no idea how to use it. That's certainly not true of Loretta Swit's newest role -- as the principal narrator of The Vagina Monologues, which comes to the Mechanic Theatre this week for eight performances. Eve Ensler's show is based on 200 interviews with a diverse group of women from around the globe that are touching, bawdy and funny. The monologues are delivered by three actresses (Swit and two New York based-performers, Starla Benford and Kristen Lee Kelly)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | April 28, 1995
Willy Russell's "Shirley Valentine" is about a bored, middle-aged, British housewife who takes a journey. The magic of this one-woman show is that, performed by the right actress, it can take the audience on a mini-journey as well.Loretta Swit's performance at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre is a bit eccentric, but some of the magic still comes through.Best known as Maj. Margaret Houlihan on the long-running television series "M*A*S*H," Swit has de-glamorized herself to play Shirley. She wears droopy clothing and a mousy-colored shoulder-length wig and speaks in an accent whose uneven British inflections are occasionally difficult to understand.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | August 29, 1993
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- "Helena, Montana. A young actor. 'Brigadoon,' " Wil Love says.He is dragging on a cigarette, warming to the memory of his greatest summer stock story in three decades on the stage."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 7, 1995
Three women of three generationsLee Blessing's "Eleemosynary" -- a play about three unusual women from different generations -- opens Friday at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.Kate Green, Lynne Sigler and Michelle Conroy portray the trio of women, under Anne O'Reilly's direction. The title is a spelling-bee word meaning "charitable." ("Eleemosynary" replaces Fell's Point Corner's previously announced production of "Shirley Valentine.")Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 18. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (410)
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April 19, 2001
An interview with Fran Fanshel, a member of the Shirley Valentines Book Club. Where does the title of your club come from? The name of the book club was inspired by this movie, which is about a British woman [named Shirley Valentine] ... running from this pedestrian life. ... Reading can be an escape. The title of the club represents reading as in escape as well as edification. What is your club's process for deciding what books to read? Finding the book is a big challenge now, and I think that explains why in both groups [that Fanshel is a member of]
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April 19, 2001
An interview with Fran Fanshel, a member of the Shirley Valentines Book Club. Where does the title of your club come from? The name of the book club was inspired by this movie, which is about a British woman [named Shirley Valentine] ... running from this pedestrian life. ... Reading can be an escape. The title of the club represents reading as in escape as well as edification. What is your club's process for deciding what books to read? Finding the book is a big challenge now, and I think that explains why in both groups [that Fanshel is a member of]
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 30, 1999
Although area audiences may know Binnie Ritchie Holum primarily as a dancer, in 1998 she gave a moving portrayal of the lead character in the Vagabond Players' production of Brian Clark's "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" Now she's back at the Vagabonds, this time playing the title role in Willy Russell's one-woman show "Shirley Valentine."Carol Mason directs this account of a repressed, middle-aged British housewife whose life is forever changed by a vacation to Greece."Shirley Valentine" continues through Oct. 17 at the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 7, 1995
Three women of three generationsLee Blessing's "Eleemosynary" -- a play about three unusual women from different generations -- opens Friday at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.Kate Green, Lynne Sigler and Michelle Conroy portray the trio of women, under Anne O'Reilly's direction. The title is a spelling-bee word meaning "charitable." ("Eleemosynary" replaces Fell's Point Corner's previously announced production of "Shirley Valentine.")Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 18. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (410)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | April 28, 1995
Willy Russell's "Shirley Valentine" is about a bored, middle-aged, British housewife who takes a journey. The magic of this one-woman show is that, performed by the right actress, it can take the audience on a mini-journey as well.Loretta Swit's performance at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre is a bit eccentric, but some of the magic still comes through.Best known as Maj. Margaret Houlihan on the long-running television series "M*A*S*H," Swit has de-glamorized herself to play Shirley. She wears droopy clothing and a mousy-colored shoulder-length wig and speaks in an accent whose uneven British inflections are occasionally difficult to understand.
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By Hap Erstein and Hap Erstein,Cox News Service | April 24, 1995
Loretta Swit owes her two Emmy Awards to Maj. Margaret Houlihan, the feisty head nurse role she played for 11 years on television's highly acclaimed series, "M*A*S*H." It is the part that brought her into America's living rooms and afforded her a measure of celebrity. People often associate her with "Hot Lips," which drives her a little batty.Ask her how she feels about getting stuck in the public's consciousness as a member of the "M*A*S*H" ensemble and the actress' tone turns decidedly icy. "How can I answer that question?
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | February 3, 1995
Proving the adage that anything can happen in live theater, the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts has announced several changes in the remainder of the season."
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 31, 2003
Vivien Hewitt asks all the singers to take a deep breath and then plunges into another rehearsal for Baltimore Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, which opens tonight at the Lyric Opera House. "We're going to clean up little messy corners, tiny little details," the director says. Moments later, she's refining the way two men carry items onto the stage, intently watching their every step, the placement of their hands. "It's got to be slow and imposing, as Japanese ceremonies are," she says.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 14, 1997
This is the last chance to see Theatre on the Hill's production of the hit British pop musical, "Blood Brothers." Written by Willy Russell, the author of "Shirley Valentine" and "Educating Rita," "Blood Brothers" tells the dark tale of a pair of twin brothers separated at birth.Joshua Perilo and Steve Varon play the ill-fated twins, under Josh Selzer's direction. The show is part of Theatre on the Hill's salute to the United Kingdom. One other production in the series, "Winnie the Pooh," for children, has its final performance at 2 p.m. Saturday (tickets $5)
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | August 29, 1993
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- "Helena, Montana. A young actor. 'Brigadoon,' " Wil Love says.He is dragging on a cigarette, warming to the memory of his greatest summer stock story in three decades on the stage."
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