Monthly Archives: August 2012

PUSSY RIOT SENTENCE—2 YEARS ·

(Timothy Heritage’s and Maria Tsvetkova’s article appeared on Reuters, August 17; via the Drudge Report.

A judge sentenced three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot to two years jail on Friday for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an act the judge called "blasphemous".

Supporters of the women say their case has put Putin's tolerance of dissent on trial. Several opposition figures were detained outside the courtroom while protesting in support of the women.

 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/17/us-russia-pussyriot-idUSBRE87F1E520120817

RUSSIAN PUSSY RIOT FOUND GUILTY—AWAITING SENTENCE ·

(Timothy Heritage’s article appeared on Reuters 8/17; via the Drudge Report.)

Three members of a feminist punk band were found guilty on Friday of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in a church, in a case that supporters say put President Vladimir Putin's tolerance of dissent on trial.

State prosecutors want the women from the Pussy Riot group jailed for three years over the protest in February in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, but the judge did not immediately issue a sentence as she read out the long verdict.

The three young women, in handcuffs, stood in silence in a glass courtroom cage and at times smiled and laughed to each other as the judge, Marina Syrova, read out the verdict.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/17/us-russia-pussyriot-idUSBRE87F1E520120817

JOAN ROBERTS, REST IN PEACE (1917-2012) ·

 

(Margalit Fox’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/16.)

Joan Roberts, who created the role of the winsome “yeller”-haired heroine, Laurey, in the original Broadway production of “Oklahoma!,” died on Monday in Stamford, Conn. She was 95.

Her death was announced by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. One of the last living members of the musical’s original cast, Ms. Roberts had lived for many years in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/theater/joan-roberts-heroine-of-original-oklahoma-dies-at-95.html?hpw

CHLOE SEVIGNY, KAREN FINLEY, AND OTHERS PLAN NYC SOLIDARITY READING OF PUSSY RIOT’S COURTROOM STATEMENTS ·

 

(Reid Singer’s article appeared in Blouin Art Info, 8/14.)

The international wave of solidarity for Pussy Riot is coming to New York. Looking to build on the international protests that have taken place since the opening of the trial against the Russian anarchist collective (a spinoff of the controversial Voina art group), Amnesty International has put together a star-studded reading of the defendants' public statements at the Ace Hotel. This Thursday, on the eve of the final verdict — they are charged with "hooliganism" for having performed an anti-Putin action in a Russian Orthodox Church — visitors will hear staged readings of the courtroom statements made by Pussy Riot members Katja SamutsevichNadia Tolokonnikova, and Masha Alyokhina, in addition to prison letters and other material written by courtroom attendees.

http://artinfo.com/news/story/819348/chloe-sevigny-karen-finley-and-others-plan-nyc-solidarity-reading-of-pussy-riots-courtroom-statements

‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (AS YOU LIKE IT)’ (REVIEW PICK, UK) ·

 

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/15.)

The title gives it away. This is not your standard Shakespeare but a hilarious piece of controlled anarchy that lasts 90 minutes and is directed by Dmitry Krymov, who runs his own laboratory at the Moscow School of Dramatic Art. Commissioned for the RSC's World Shakespeare festival, the production heads to Edinburgh next week. I would urge you to catch it if you can.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/aug/15/midsummer-nights-dream-as-you-like-it-review

 

SHIRLEY JONES MEMOIR TO GALLERY ·

 

(from Lunch Weekly, 8/14)

Memoir
Star of movies including Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man, and the TV series The Partridge Family, Shirley Jones' memoir, written with Wendy Leigh, presenting "the real Shirley Jones — an earthy, gutsy woman," writing candidly about her life as a mother, stepmother, and divorcee — from her first husband's bisexuality, alcoholism, and mental illness to her current marriage to TV comic Marty Ingels, including stories about some of Hollywood's biggest names (among them Partridge Family co-star, David Cassidy), to Jennifer Bergstrom at Gallery, with Mitchell Ivers editing, for publication in June 2013, by Dan Strone at Trident Media Group (world). 

‘2008: MACBETH’ (REVIEW PICK EDINBURGH FESTIVAL) ·

 

(Lyn Gardner's article appeared in the Guardian, 8/13.)

"Captain Banquo and I are in the helicopter … Scotland 52 has landed." This contemporary version of Macbeth, set during a Middle East conflict, gets the 2012 Edinburgh international festival's theatre programme off with a bang – in fact, several bangs. Then it throws in a few helicopters, flares and huge explosions for good effect. Grzegorz Jarzyna's production for Polish company TR Warszawa takes its cue, both visually and aurally, from a Hollywood blockbuster war movie, albeit one in which there are no heroes.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/aug/12/2008-macbeth-edinburgh-festival-review

 

A DAY WITH PLAYWRIGHT CRYSTAL SKILLMAN ·

 

(Jody Christopherson’s article appeared on the Huffington Post, 6/14.)

Crystal Skillman is an award winning playwright, who like her characters, is breaking through all kinds of boundaries. If we were to create a travel map of all the places Skillman's work is being done there would be pins in London, New York, Boston and currently Chicago, as her play WILD's World Premier opens June 15th with Kid Brooklyn Productions, under the direction of Evan Caccioppoli,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jody-christopherson/cutting-up-the-wild-a-fil_b_1593424.html

 

WHITTY/MIRANDA/KITT/GREEN: ‘BRING IT ON’ (REVIEW PICK NY) ·

 

(Michael Feingold’s article appeared in the Village Voice, 8/8.)

Back in the 1920s and '30s, musical shows were silly and trivial. Audiences went to them to escape the grim realities of everyday life. Then the musical theater turned earnest. But American culture always has another trick up its sleeve: While the once-frivolous form was cranking up its dark sobriety, its target audience, nurtured by the increasing barrage of the electronic media, became ever more obsessed with trivialities, ever more eager to shove aside the serious matters it needed to confront. Reality? For most Americans, the word now means a genre of TV entertainment.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-08-08/theater/bring-it-on-american-handstand/

TERRY JOHNSON: ‘HYSTERIA’ (REVIEW PICK, UK) ·

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/7.)

Terry Johnson's dazzlingly original play reminds us that farce can be a vehicle for ideas. Even if the piece has lost some of its shock value since it was first seen at the Royal Court in 1993, it still makes us laugh while raising serious questions about Freud's radical revision of his theories about the sources of hysteria.

The action is set in Freud's Hampstead study in 1938. Seizing on the fact that, in that year, Freud happened both to attend Ben Travers's 1926 play Rookery Nook and be visited by Salvador Dalí, Johnson creates a surreal farce exploring the analyst's suppressed anxieties and guilt-ridden memories. So a clothes-shedding girl who bangs on Freud's window and gets hidden in his closet turns out to be an avenging angel with a daunting accusation to make: that in 1897 Freud suppressed the truth about the childhood abuse of his Viennese patients and developed his theory of infantile sexuality through a mixture of career opportunism and familial concern.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/aug/07/hysteria-review