When you think of the arts at Christmas, two things come to mind: The Nutcracker, a mainstay for ballets large and small around the world, and A Christmas Carol, which has become its equivalent in the theater world. The Charles Dickens classic is not only sentimental, it’s a centerpiece of many American theater company budgets well beyond the holidays.
That’s especially true for the Goodman Theater in Chicago, where A Christmas Carol has been on the annual bill for the last 35 years. Performances of A Christmas Carol, by far its biggest production of the year, often sell out at the Goodman’s theater center in the Loop. And, for the past six years, a celebrity performer has joined the cast one night to trod the boards for charity.
This year, the moment comes on Friday night, when former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen will don a Victorian costume to take part in select scenes of the show. He’ll be joined by seven-year-old La’Ren Kimble, whose participation is being made possible through Make A Wish Chicago.
Pippen joins a lineup of Chicago sports and television figures who’ve taken part in A Christmas Carol, including Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura and Blackhawks star Bobby Hull. Meanwhile, actors who’ve performed in it include ER’s Laura Innes, Elizabeth Perkins of Big fame, and respected Broadway performer Raul Esparza.
As markets around the world melt down, an award-winning comedy created by a group of independent Toronto theatre companies is spoofing the financial crisis in Edinburgh. Spent is one of several Canadian productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest such event and a testing ground for theatre.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and Canadian comedians DeAnne Smith, Sharron Matthews and Glenn Wool are also among the hundreds of acts getting ready to take a turn on Edinburgh stages. Spent — written by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour, Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza — debuts Friday in Edinburgh. A co-production between Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Why Not Theatre and TheatreRUN Canada, it had a successful engagement in Toronto in 2009.
A Dora Award-winner for best performance, the production features two actors portraying a variety of international characters reacting to the 2008 market crash. The satire blends physical comedy and absurdist humour in order to poke fun at the greed and political dysfunction that led to that crisis.
Strange Random Financial Crisis Quote:
- VIDEO: Edinburgh Fringe kicks off (bbc.co.uk)
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival (jchowphoto.wordpress.com)
- Edinburgh fringe comedy roundup (guardian.co.uk)
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe special: with Lynda Radley (nickhernbooks.wordpress.com)
- ArtsBeat: Postcard From Edinburgh: Getting in Early to a Fringe Favorite (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Edinburgh Festival 2011: the biggest ever Fringe opens (telegraph.co.uk)
We do not tolerate people that talk or text in the theater. In fact, before every film, we have several warnings on screen to prevent such happenings. Occasionally, someone doesn’t follow the rules, and we do, in fact, kick their asses out of our theater. This video is an actual voicemail from a woman that was kicked out of one of our Austin theaters. Thanks, anonymous woman, for being awesome.
Note: This is the CENSORED version, so you can use your imagination to complete the spaces
If you’d like to check your answers with the UNCENSORED version, you can find it on our YouTube Channel under Favourites. You can also find the Cinema Manager’s thoughts on what has been a crazy week for them. And just remember, if you’re going to the Multiplex over the weekend, that it may be the most natural thing in the world for you to use your mobile in the cinema, but that doesn’t stop it being incredibly annoying!
Strange Random Cinema Quote:
- Alamo Drafthouse’s hilarious no-texting PSA (geektyrant.com)
- Alamo Drafthouse: Them’s the rules (cnn.com)
- The Alamo Drafthouse has a way more effective anti-talking/texting warning than ‘Silence is Golden’ (popwatch.ew.com)
- VOTD: ‘Angry Caller’ No-Texting Announcement From The Alamo Drafthouse (slashfilm.com)
- What’s your voice? Alamo Drafthouse Knows Theirs (donteattheshrimp.com)
Wednesday 10 March 2010 22.07
Eleven-year-olds are to learn Shakespeare using techniques employed by RSC actors, and English teachers will be encouraged to let pupils walk around the classroom rather than reading the plays while sitting at their desks.Exercises devised by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe theatre in London will see children aged 11 to 14 mirror the methods of professional actors at rehearsal. Written and oral assessments developed alongside the lessons will show how well students have understood the texts.
Strange Random Shakespeare Quote:
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 139–143
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To coincide with this weekend’s celebration in many countries of Saint Valentine’s Day, the website Grammar Man (specialising in English through the use of comics) presents a Classical Comics sample version of Romeo and Juliet. You can find the complete balcony scene to view online or download as a pdf file and there are also question sheets available.
If you prefer a more orthodox approach to Shakespeare, then you’ll probably hate the Reduced Shakespeare Company and their 10-minute version, so please DON’T WATCH IT.
Strange Random Romeo & Juliet Quote (or two):
“Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet“
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2