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NEW YORK — On a cramped stage at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a historic off-Broadway venue tucked away on one of the quaintest streets in the West Village, Vanessa Redgrave is offering her costar Jesse Eisenberg an education not even the world's finest...
On Jan. 30, 1937, Michael Redgrave was performing the role of Laertes in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Old Vic in London. After the performance, Laurence Olivier stepped onto the stage to announce, "Ladies and gentleman, tonight a great actress was born:...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesMasked superheroes parading around in spandex and capes may have ruled the box office in recent years, but sweeping period dramas like this season's "Anna Karenina" and "Les Misérables," with their spectacular costumes, are never out of style. "CUT!...
When the Joffrey Ballet debuted its reconstructed "The Rite of Spring" in Los Angeles in fall 1987, it received a seismic welcome — a 5.9 on the Richter scale, to be exact. The morning after "Rite's" opening at the Music Center, a major earthquake...
Loving Shakespeare with a love so immoderate it would take a Shakespeare to describe it, I was pretty well pre-sold on "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part analytical-historical gambol through several of his plays, beginning Friday on PBS. By the same...
In the never-ending effort to make Shakespeare "relevant" and "accessible," it never hurts to enlist celebrities for the hard sell. "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part documentary series that begins airing Friday on PBS, boasts an abundance of famous...
As 2013 begins, Robert Sean Leonard is the theater world's equivalent of a star athlete who's just completed his contract and become a free agent. There isn't a team that wouldn't want him; all he has to do is pick the best fit and sign. What's...
William Shakespare will get the full PBS treatment in "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part series announced this week to be shown on three consecutive Friday evenings starting Jan. 25. Each night will feature two hourlong segments, focused on one or...
Richard Robbins, the composer who created memorable scores for such films as "A Room With a View," "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" during a quarter-century collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, has died. He was...
24 Frames"Tyrannosaur," a drama about a rage-filled man who finds redemption thanks to a charity store worker, was named best film Sunday evening at the British Independent Film Awards. Olivia Colman took lead actress honors and Paddy Considine earned the...
Ken Russell, the often controversial British director known for his flamboyant visual style in films such as "The Devils," "Altered States" and the Who's rock opera "Tommy," has died. He was 84. Russell, who lived in Lymington in southern England, died...
24 Frames"Coriolanus" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" -- two exceptional dramas that dropped in briefly in December to qualify for Oscar consideration -- are back in theaters for their real run. And they are certainly worth your consideration as well....
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