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Chicago Opera and CITIZEN KANE

“Samuel Insull built the Civic Opera Building for his mistress, an opera singer.” “Samuel Insull built the Civic Opera Building for his mistress, Mary Garden, an opera singer.” These two similar tales are told daily by Chicago River tour guides. And these two tales are totally false. The only truth in the tales is that […]

Kenneth Branaugh and Rob Ashford’s THE WINTER’S TALE arrives

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, the first offering of Kenneth Branaugh’s Plays at the Garrick, arrived on American movie screens last evening. After an interminable unedited film of the Garrick audience doing nothing but sitting, the production began, the American audience not as well-disposed as it had been forty minutes earlier when the unedited […]

ASSASSINATION THEATER: The Most Important and Exciting Theater You Will See

The first great work of theater, Oedipus Rex, is a whodunit. Ever since, solving mysteries seems part and parcel of what audiences expect of the theatrical experience. I was a high school student beginning a lifelong study of theater when the shots rang out in Dallas. Being sent home from school due to an assassination […]

SFO’s SHOWBOAT: New Excellence in Live Performance Recording

The recently released two disc DVD of the San Francisco Opera’s 2014 production of Hammerstein and Kern’s pioneer opera Showboat is a treat for many reasons. First, rarely has the art of live performance recording been practiced to such great effect than by screen director Frank Zamacona and his EuroArts team. The shots are beautifully […]

“AMY’S WISH” Heads to Chicago Film Festival

“Amy’s Wish”, a screen adaptation of James Caputo’s award-winning short play, has officially been selected to screen in the 2012 Midwest Christian-Inspirational Indie Film Festival taking place September 28-30, 2012. The Festival location is the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street in Chicago, Illinois. Directed for the screen by Bates College Professor Paul […]

Life or Death in Black and White

Debates between the Christian worldview and the secular world view seem very popular at the moment. Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens frequented the debate circuit. Currently on stage, Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis square off in Mark St. Germain’s  Freud’s Last Session. Recently cable television weighed in with HBO’s abbreviated  film version […]

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The Player King

His last performance of Shakespeare was appropriate – The Player King in Kenneth Branagh’s film of Hamlet. To see Charlton Heston play the old actor is to understand why Lord Laurence Olivier called him America’s greatest Shakespearean actor.

Did the Kingdom of God Peek into American Idol ?

“That’s My King” by Dr. S.M. Lockridge