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By Mike Giuliano | May 2, 2012
If the crime rate spikes in Howard County, blame Shakespeare. The Bard's most violent play, "Titus Andronicus," is being staged by the Laurel-based theater company Rude Mechanicals at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. This production follows close on the bloody heels of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's outdoor staging of the same play at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in 2010. Considering that "Titus Andronicus" is rarely staged anywhere, it's really unusual that local audiences have had two opportunities to be appalled by a play with such a high body count.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Showing her knack for timing, director Christy Stanlake has announced the U.S. Naval Academy Masqueraders will bookend Halloween with weekend performances of "Titus Andronicus" — "Shakespeare's first and bloodiest play" is the way she describes it — Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-4 at Mahan Theatre on campus. In her 11th year as Masqueraders director, Stanlake, who is also an associate professor, is known for her insightful and courageous choices of plays. When she came aboard in fall 2002, Stanlake immediately displayed vision by focusing on the role of female military leadership in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
Titus Andronicus' "The Monitor" may be the first punk album inspired by Ken Burns. Patrick Stickles was aiming for big themes on the album, and he found them, improbably, in Burns' Civil War documentary: "The destructive relationship between the self and the other," he said, and "the tendency of humans to pit themselves one another as individuals and as groups. " Deep, right? It would have been, except pretension is something the band is incapable of doing. The album, which was released last March and includes appearances by lots of local talent (Jenn Wasner, Dustin Wong)
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By Mike Giuliano | May 2, 2012
If the crime rate spikes in Howard County, blame Shakespeare. The Bard's most violent play, "Titus Andronicus," is being staged by the Laurel-based theater company Rude Mechanicals at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. This production follows close on the bloody heels of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's outdoor staging of the same play at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in 2010. Considering that "Titus Andronicus" is rarely staged anywhere, it's really unusual that local audiences have had two opportunities to be appalled by a play with such a high body count.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2012
( Wednesday Update below ) After making Madonna look downright dignified at the Super Bowl, LMFAO are going on tour. "Sorry for the Party Rocking" will stop at the Patriot Center in Fairfax June 25, it was announced Monday. The tour is named after the guys' second album. In a fitting pairing, Far East Movement, responsible for "Like a G6," open. Tickets, starting at $29.50, go on sale Wednesday. Pier Six Pavilion's calendar keeps filling up: Mac Miller , Chicago, Bonnie Raitt.Earth, Wind and Fire are the latest addition.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Showing her knack for timing, director Christy Stanlake has announced the U.S. Naval Academy Masqueraders will bookend Halloween with weekend performances of "Titus Andronicus" — "Shakespeare's first and bloodiest play" is the way she describes it — Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-4 at Mahan Theatre on campus. In her 11th year as Masqueraders director, Stanlake, who is also an associate professor, is known for her insightful and courageous choices of plays. When she came aboard in fall 2002, Stanlake immediately displayed vision by focusing on the role of female military leadership in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun theater critic | April 16, 2007
Murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. The newest slasher flick at the multiplex? Or, the latest post-modern work by Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez? No, the man behind this particular gore fest is the greatest writer in the English language, and the work is Titus Andronicus. Titus Andronicus continues through May 20 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington. $19-$76.25. 877-487-8849 or shakespearetheatre.org.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 8, 2006
Shakespeare in Washington Move over, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Make way, Stratford, Ontario. Washington will be the international Shakespeare hub for the first six months of 2007. That's when the city hosts "Shakespeare in Washington," a multidisciplinary festival featuring plays, films, operas, concerts and exhibits by almost 50 organizations ranging from Russia's Kirov Ballet to New York's Tiny Ninja Theater and Washington's National Building Museum.
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By William S. Niederkorn | September 7, 2003
In matters of Shakespeare authorship, it is often said that nothing is ever resolved. But in a recent book, Brian Vickers, director of Renaissance Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, has brought clarity to the old and hotly debated question of Shakespeare's work with co-authors. As a result, changes will be made in some future editions of Shakespeare. In Shakespeare, Co-Author (Oxford University Press, 2002), Vickers, 65, shows how numerous tests by many generations of scholars demonstrate substantial work by other playwrights in five Shakespeare plays.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | May 30, 1999
Give Shakespeare an Oscar, and the fallout ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Only two months have passed since "Shakespeare in Love" won the Academy Award, but oh, the things that have landed on the theater critic's desk in that short time. First came news of Rhino Records' CD boxed set of spoken Shakespearean excerpts -- "Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living in a Shakespearean World." Then a postcard arrived announcing the latest movie -- director Michael Hoffman's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2012
( Wednesday Update below ) After making Madonna look downright dignified at the Super Bowl, LMFAO are going on tour. "Sorry for the Party Rocking" will stop at the Patriot Center in Fairfax June 25, it was announced Monday. The tour is named after the guys' second album. In a fitting pairing, Far East Movement, responsible for "Like a G6," open. Tickets, starting at $29.50, go on sale Wednesday. Pier Six Pavilion's calendar keeps filling up: Mac Miller , Chicago, Bonnie Raitt.Earth, Wind and Fire are the latest addition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
Titus Andronicus' "The Monitor" may be the first punk album inspired by Ken Burns. Patrick Stickles was aiming for big themes on the album, and he found them, improbably, in Burns' Civil War documentary: "The destructive relationship between the self and the other," he said, and "the tendency of humans to pit themselves one another as individuals and as groups. " Deep, right? It would have been, except pretension is something the band is incapable of doing. The album, which was released last March and includes appearances by lots of local talent (Jenn Wasner, Dustin Wong)
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun theater critic | April 16, 2007
Murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. The newest slasher flick at the multiplex? Or, the latest post-modern work by Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez? No, the man behind this particular gore fest is the greatest writer in the English language, and the work is Titus Andronicus. Titus Andronicus continues through May 20 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington. $19-$76.25. 877-487-8849 or shakespearetheatre.org.
NEWS
By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 8, 2006
Shakespeare in Washington Move over, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Make way, Stratford, Ontario. Washington will be the international Shakespeare hub for the first six months of 2007. That's when the city hosts "Shakespeare in Washington," a multidisciplinary festival featuring plays, films, operas, concerts and exhibits by almost 50 organizations ranging from Russia's Kirov Ballet to New York's Tiny Ninja Theater and Washington's National Building Museum.
ENTERTAINMENT
By William S. Niederkorn | September 7, 2003
In matters of Shakespeare authorship, it is often said that nothing is ever resolved. But in a recent book, Brian Vickers, director of Renaissance Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, has brought clarity to the old and hotly debated question of Shakespeare's work with co-authors. As a result, changes will be made in some future editions of Shakespeare. In Shakespeare, Co-Author (Oxford University Press, 2002), Vickers, 65, shows how numerous tests by many generations of scholars demonstrate substantial work by other playwrights in five Shakespeare plays.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | May 30, 1999
Give Shakespeare an Oscar, and the fallout ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Only two months have passed since "Shakespeare in Love" won the Academy Award, but oh, the things that have landed on the theater critic's desk in that short time. First came news of Rhino Records' CD boxed set of spoken Shakespearean excerpts -- "Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living in a Shakespearean World." Then a postcard arrived announcing the latest movie -- director Michael Hoffman's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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June 29, 2007
WILLIAM HUTT, 87 Canadian actor William Hutt, widely regarded as one of Canada's finest classical actors and a company member at the Stratford Festival for almost four decades, died Wednesday of leukemia at Stratford General Hospital, the Festival announced. At the Stratford Festival, where he was a founding member, Mr. Hutt was involved in 130 productions as either an actor or director. Among his more memorable performances were the title characters in King Lear, Volpone, Tartuffe, Richard II and Titus Andronicus, as well as such diverse roles as Prospero in The Tempest, James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 18, 1997
One indication of whether a work has achieved the status of a classic is how well it holds up to subsequent interpretations. This is certainly true of Shakespeare's plays, which have been updated and re-interpreted in every fathomable way.And, judging from director Terry J. Long's gleeful production at the Spotlighters, it's also true of "The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)," a spoof created by Jess Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer, who call themselves the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
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