Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Odds and Ends

Some sharp-eyed reader might have noticed that I finally updated my links on the left here at richmondvatheater. This includes adding a link to Donna Coghill's site and moving Robin Harris-Jones to the expatriates section :-( If any of y'all have a site / blog that you'd want me to link to, feel free to let me know. It might take me a coupla weeks, but I'll add it to the site when I can.

And speaking of expats, here's a link to a clip from Eliza Skinner's show "Eliza Skinner is: Shameless" that I saw during my trip to NYC. It's high-calibre humor people; don't watch while drinking anything...

Also, I'm sure you've seen articles from Celia Wren in the Times-Dispatch; most recently, her reviews of "Plaid Tidings" at the Mill and "Moonlight and Magnolias" at the Barksdale (I'd link to them but the RTD archives want to charge me money to do that...). I've been trying to pick up American Theatre magazine more often (yeah, I know, they have subscriptions but I don't read the magazines I already subscribe to...) and have noticed articles from her in there as well, like this recent "Theatre Facts" piece. So this makes me curious and I do some Googling and now I wonder -- am I the last person in town to know that we've got a Harvard educated, former ATM managing editor working right here in sleepy little Richmond? I just find that fascinating.

And to bring that little tidbit together with the recent discussion about DC-area theaters, did anyone see this article over the summer about the nude Macbeth? I hadn't. Celia has an interesting and very erudite quote in the midst of it. Thoughts?

9 comments:

Andrew Hamm said...

I got a phone call at the Richmond Shakespeare office last fall from a lady suggesting that if we were to do more things like the nude Scottish Play we might get more people interested in Shakespeare. My response was polite, and I mentioned that we had just done that particular play the previous season and were unlikely to produce it again for some time. She was persistent.

I'm not sure people going to that kind of production are necessarily more likely to appreciate Shakespeare. They'll apprecviate something, I'm sure...

debra wagoner said...

Wow, Andrew, I can't believe you got such an insisent request for nude Shakespeare. LOL. Well, if you continue to use the outdoor venue in the summer you might be slightly more comfortable in the buff. It does get awfully hot in Richmond...

I'm sure the folks at Agecroft wouldn't mind. Just don't forget the extra insect repellent.

But seriously, I do agree with you Andrew. I mean, its taking the whole "you gotta have a gimmick" theory a bit too far.

debra wagoner said...

oh crap...typos. I meant insistent. I think. I going for more coffee.

JB said...

Celia is a fantastic writer and we are lucky to have her in town. I think she raises the bar at RTD.

Anonymous said...

Celia Wren is a GREAT theatre writer and critic and having her in Richmond makes Richmond a better theatre town. I think next to Misha Berson in Seattle, Celia might be my favorite current theatre writer/reporter/critic...not named Dave Timberline of course...

Wow, good news for Richmond that she is there...

Peace
Rick

Robinitaface said...

Aww...Dave, you put the hyphen in there. Thanks. *sniff* *sniff*

Dave T said...

Anything for you, Robin...

Anonymous said...

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MARJ GASSNER, ACTRESS AT BARKSDALE IN THE SIXTIES?
THANXXXX:
TRIP FERGUSON
Newport News, VA

tripferguson@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

BArksdale Also:
Would also like to fing old friend Alan Joel from Barksdale.
We did the sound and lights together.
Trip