Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stuck on Hitch by Rob Weinert-Kendt

A favorite scene from Foreign Correspondent, referenced in David Rudkin's new play The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock. Some time in the early 1980s, my dad flagged a listing in our loc…

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Century of Slapstick #34: Twenty Minutes of Love by Trav S.D.

  Today marks the 100 anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin comedy Twenty Minutes of Love. This one is notable for being the first movie Charlie had a hand in directing. A…

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Century of Slapstick #183: Mabel at the Wheel by Trav S.D.

  Today is the 100th anniversary of the release date of the Keystone comedy Mabel at the Wheel. There are all sorts of reasons this film is noteworthy. * This is one of the early films in …

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Karen Ziemba, Randy Graff, Christina Bianco & More Set for Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series, 5/12 by BroadwayWorld

Tony Award-Winners Adriane Lenox After Midnight, Doubt, Karen Ziemba Bullets Over Broadway, Curtains, Contact, Randy Graff Les Miserables, City of Angels and Andy Blankenbuehler In The Heigh…

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Spotlight On...Patrick Scheid by Michael Block

Name: Patrick ScheidHometown: Ramsey, NJEducation: BA in Theatre and in History from Muhlenberg CollegeFavorite Credits: My work with TRE (Rode in Three Seagulls, Carlos in American Play, ma…

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Charlie Chaplin in “The Cure” by Trav S.D.

   Today is the anniversary of the Charlie Chaplin short The Cure (1917). The Cure is one of the perfect comedies the comedian made for the Mutual Film Corporation, a period during whi…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gloria Swanson and Wallace Beery in “Teddy at the Throttle” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Keystone comedy Teddy at the Throttle (1917). In addition to being highly funny in places, this film has multiple points of interest.…

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “A Dog’s Life” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the classic Charlie Chaplin comedy A Dog’s Life (1918), made for First National. A Dog’s Life is a longer, more ambitious f…

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “The Tramp” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of Charlie Chaplin’s landmark comedy short The Tramp (1915). Though this was Chaplin’s 38th comedy, this was the first one in wh…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “Monsieur Verdoux” by Trav S.D.

  Today marks the anniversary of the release date of one of my favorite movies, Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux (1947). Suggested by Orson Welles, Verdoux is Chaplin’s comi…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life - Co-Stars by Chitariveravideos

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life - Co-Stars Chita performed a sequence devoted to her various co-stars over the years, who all appear in silhouette. In The Rink there was Liza Minnelli …

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Akram Khan on finding a 'purer form of interpretation' with young dancers by Akram Khan

Dance was a secret passion for Akram Khan when he was growing up, but today the artform is more popular than ever. Working with a new generation of performers to stage The Rashomon Effect, h…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Fuse Interview: Silent Film Comedy Staged Live — Jakop Ahlbom Talks about “Lebensraum” by Bill Marx

"Buster Keaton's imagination and ideas are more surrealistic than Chaplin's, and his stunts are astonishing in terms of their demanding technique, even today".

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Century of Slapstick #32: The Star Boarder by Trav S.D.

  Today marks the 100th anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin short The Star Boarder, directed by George Nichols. This is a terrific early comedy. Nice strong situation an…

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

News: Comedy museum to open in London featuring 100-seat performance space by Ed Frankl

Tommy Cooper’s hand-made magic props and Charlie Chaplin’s cane are among exhibits at a new museum for comedy fans to open in central London, which will also include a 100-seat performan…

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “Pay Day” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date Charlie Chaplin’s last two-reel short, Pay Day (1922) Pay Day resembles another late Chaplin short A Day’s Pleasure (1919) in p…

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Museum of comedy hopes to put laughs on London's tourist trail

Permanent exhibition of up to 6,000 artefacts from British comedy history to be alongside 100-seat performance spaceWhat links both Ronnies' spectacles, Charlie Chaplin's cane, Tommy Cooper'…

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Charlie Chaplin in “A Jitney Elopement” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin Esssanay Comedy A Jitney Elopement (1915). This is one of Chaplin’s first movies with a reasonable plot; it almo…

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stan Laurel in “Pie Eyed” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Stan Laurel solo comedy Pie Eyed (1925). In the decade or so prior to his teaming with Hardy, Laurel had a great deal of difficulty f…

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tabac Rouge review 'dramatic effects in search of an idea'

Sadler's Wells, LondonJames Thierrée's flashy dystopian epic is a surreal but empty worldJames Thierrée is the son of circus performers Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierr&eacu…

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Spotlight On...Karen Kohler by Michael Block

Name: Karen KohlerHometown: Born in Frankfurt, Germany - raised in Amityville, Long Island, NY. Hometowns Today: Berlin & NYC.Education: BA in International Relations, Minor in Music fro…

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

VIDEO: First Look - Tony Nominee Rob McClure Stars in New Film RECURSION by Movies News Desk

Below, get a first look at a teaser trailer for RECURSION, a new short film starring Tony Award Nominee Rob McClure Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas.

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The Worst Best Man Ever!? Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek of Rob McClure in New Short Film Recursion by Lindsay Champion

Tony nominee Rob McClure is great at lots of things (channeling Chaplin, making puppets talk and getting silly with Tony Danza, to name a few) but being a best man isn’t one of them. I…

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Life's a circus: James Thiérrée's crackpot stage creations - in pictures

As Tabac Rouge opens at Sadler's Wells, revisit the striking and surreal stage shows of James Thiérrée best known as Charlie Chaplin's grandson in which theatre, dance and acrobatics col…

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Century of Slapstick #31: Cruel, Cruel Love by Trav S.D.

  Today marks the centennial anniversary of the Charlie Chaplin Keystone comedy Cruel, Cruel Love (1914), directed by George Nichols. This movie is a little different from what we expect;…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Rob McClure & Jennifer Bowles to Star in Irma La Douce at Encores! by Imogen Lloyd Webber

Jennifer Bowles (Matilda) will play the title role opposite Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin) in a New York City Center Encores! production of Irma La Douce. With music by Marguerite Monnot…

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James Thiérrée on Chaplin, Tabac Rouge and the years of a clown by Chris Wiegand

As he unveils his new show, Tabac Rouge, the French circus star talks about growing up on stage and the traditions he inherited from his parents and his grandfather, Charlie ChaplinHe is the…

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Forgotten Shows of My Nonage #79: Shields and Yarnell by Trav S.D.

Is there any sentiment quite so universal as the American detestation of mimes? I don’t mean Hollywood comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Harpo Marx or Buster Keaton, of course. People lo…

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2 Black Comedies on TCM: The Gold Rush and The Loved One by Trav S.D.

Double features can make strange bedfellows but sometimes unlikely pairings can be unexpectedly apt. Tonight’s theme on TCM is ostensibly food movies, but Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 …

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “In the Park” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of Charlie Chaplin’s comedy short In the Park (1915). This is one of Chaplin’s early films for Essanay Studios, and to me it’…

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Century of Slapstick #30: His Favorite Pastime by Trav S.D.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the release date of the Keystone comedy His Favorite Pastime, starring Charlie Chaplin and directed by George Nichols. The title is intended to be ironic…

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