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2009-06-12 12:38:40

An artist in Des Moines, Iowa, who makes sculptures with chainsaws says he is enraged over the theft of eight of his dangerous tools. Chainsaw artist Ken Tynan said he discovered last weekend that eight of his most powerful chainsaws were stolen from his shop, leaving him with angry emotions akin to the comic book character the Incredible Hulk, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register said Friday. I can't carve today. We're losing thousands of dollars, Tynan told the Register in a recent interview....

2008-10-12 03:00:14

By Cooke, Dominic Forty years ago, the Theatres Bill removed from the Lord Chamberlain his centuriesold power to censor the British stage. Under a law unchanged since 1843, every work intended for production in British theatres had first to be submitted to, and approved by, his office. Each work came back with a report from one of the censors, who became renowned for their hypersensitive ability to read sex and subversion into the most innocent of dialogue. Kenneth Tynan quotes some choice...

2008-08-03 00:00:17

By TOBY YOUNG Culture "On Wednesday night a wonder happened," wrote the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan (pictured) in 1956. "The West End theatre justified its existence." He was referring to a production of The Chalk Garden, Edith Bagnold's comedy about an eccentric group of middle-aged women and their relationship with a troubled teen girl. Tynan was particularly impressed because The Chalk Garden appeared at a time when the "well- made play", that mainstay of the West End in the first...

2008-06-13 18:00:00

By Christopher Blank "Orson's Shadow," now onstage at Circuit Playhouse, comes on the heels of "The Compleat Stage Beauty," another play about life in the theater. Both are packed with inflated egos, barbed banter in English accents and numerous references to Shakespeare. Even the themes make them appear to be companion pieces for people fascinated by the inner workings of this business we call show. "Stage Beauty" concerned a 17th century actor who specialized in female roles. The...


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