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2008-10-07 15:00:25

PORTLAND - Mad Horse Theatre's first Dark Night Series will open Monday, Oct. 13, with an original play by Mad Horse Theatre member Brent Askari and two short plays by Harold Pinter and David Mamet. In addition, Mad Horse will present a one-night-only staged reading of "The History Boys" by Alan Bennett. The series title refers to the fact that the plays will be presented in the Portland Stage Studio Theater Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights when the regular Mad Horse production will...

2008-09-29 00:00:23

By MICHAEL COVENEY THEATRE THE WALWORTH FARCE National Theatre: Cottesloe, London **** What was going on, exactly, in those cramped rooms where Josef Fritzl imprisoned his own daughter for 24 years? How can such things happen without anyone knowing? The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh might help to explain why so many of us create alternative, secret narratives to run in tandem with the real world. Walsh is a whirlwind Irish writer, a Dublin-born son of an Abbey Theatre actress whose...

2008-09-17 06:00:27

By Matt Wolf It often feels as if you needn't be in the United States to become fully acquainted with the American theater, as long as the London stage continues to produce as wide and diverse an array of American work as it does. The young African-American writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, for instance, will be represented by no fewer than three productions this fall, while none other than Joan Rivers is trying out her latest Broadway entry in a small London venue near Leicester Square to...

2008-09-16 00:00:21

By Alice Jones The star of the Donmar's 'Ivanov' specialises in playing damaged women - yet off stage, Gina McKee seems coolly confident. Alice Jones meets her Elegant, alabaster-pale and with a measured murmur of a voice, Gina McKee is, initially at least, regally inscrutable. But every so often you catch a chink in the actress's unruffled exterior. More than once she breaks off from one of her thoughtfully evasive answers to say, with a hefty hint of Geordie, "blether, blether" or "I...

2008-09-08 15:00:42

By Aurelio Sanchez Journal Staff Writer Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter is a master at taking common familial themes like power, love, hate and jealousy, and then metaphorically extending them to entire countries. Take, for example, the love-hate relationship between Great Britain and America: England the reluctant progenitor and America the ungrateful progeny; England's class-structured snobbery versus America's mythical self-determination; England's post-traumatic...

2008-08-20 00:00:00

A quartet of plays from the 1960s starts tonight at the New Theatre, Last year, the Creative Cow company had a big success with Peter Shaffer's one-act plays, The Private Ear and The Public Eye, and this spring with Harold Pinter's comedy The Lover. These three classics will be performed in repertory with a new production of the comedy The Knack, by local writer Ann Jellicoe, which was a big hit at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1962 and later an award-winning film with Michael Crawford...

2008-08-12 12:01:05

Stage and screen actor Terence Rigby has died at 71, his spokesman said yesterday. Rigby died at his London home last night. He had been suffering from lung cancer. The star's film credits included Mona Lisa Smile in 2003, Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Dogs of War (1980), Get Carter (1971), and Scandal in 1989. On TV, Rigby was best known for his role as PC Snow in the TV series from the 1960s and 1970s, Softly, Softly: Task Force. More recently, he appeared on the small...

2008-08-11 18:00:37

Terence Rigby's sister says the stage and film actor died at his home in London after a battle with lung cancer. He was 71. Rigby has been seen in the movies "Mona Lisa Smile,""Tomorrow Never Dies,""The Dogs of War" and the 1971 version of "Get Carter." The actor also starred in the TV series "Softly, Softly: Task Force" in the 1960s and 1970s and appeared in several National Theatre productions. "We are so proud of Terry and are going to miss him terribly," Catherine Sparks, Rigby's...

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2008-07-02 00:10:00

The latest string of floods to hit the U.S. Midwest is providing troublesome clues to conservation experts who claim that many forecasts fail to consider the affects global warming on weather patterns. "Although no single weather event can be attributed to global warming, it's critical to understand that a warming climate is supplying the very conditions that fuel these kinds of weather events," said Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist with the National Wildlife Federation. Floods of such...

2008-07-01 06:00:31

By Kevin Kittredge kevin.kittredge@roanoke.com 981-3323 Roanoke's pre-eminent live theater, Mill Mountain Theatre, is in debt these days, but that hasn't stopped anyone else from, well, getting into the act. Star City Playhouse on Williamson Road recently completed its first season. Local playwright Kenley Smith is turning the former New York Fashions building on Campbell Avenue into a venue for new theater. And Showtimers, the community theater on McVitty Road, has been going since...