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Issue #161: November 15, 2005.


  • It looks like Alec Baldwin will be taking a break from his divorce/custody battle proceedings with Kim Bassinger when he stars in the Roundabout’s production of Entertaining Mr. Sloane opening on March 16.

London's West End

  • The Royal Court Theatre will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year in grand style.  Two of Britain’s greatest living playwrights Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard will headline two of the season’s offerings.  Harold Pinter will be on stage starring in a production of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape.  Stoppard plans to write a new play Rock’n’Roll based on the recent history of his native Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Other highlights to the celebration include Tanika Gupta’s Sugar Mummies; a revival of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine; and a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
  • Film star Ed Harris returns to his theatre roots when he headlines Neil LaBute’s production of Wrecks when it opens on November 23 at Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, Ireland.

Bits & Pieces

  • The film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent opens in theatres later this month with Rosario Dawson in the coveted role of Mimi Marquez.  No stranger to the stage and screen the 26-year-old gets a chance to combine her love of theatre and rock music into the role of the exotic dancer.  I’m looking forward to seeing the film and one of the Broadway’s original cast member Jesse L. Martin (Law and Order) up on the big screen.

Curtain Call

  • Often found as a supporting actor, Canadian Lloyd Bochner was also cast as the romantic lead in a career that spanned more than 50 years in theatre, television and film. He died of cancer at the age of 81 on Saturday, Oct. 29.  Growing up in Toronto, Mr. Bochner always dreamed of being on stage, taking drama lessons at 10 and making his radio debut on CBC at age 11.  The second World War intervened when he joined the navy and served on destroyers.  Following the war he attended the University of Toronto where he spent most of his time on the Hart House stage with other distinguished Canadian alumnae including Don Harron, Barbara Hamilton, Kate Reid and William Hutt.  With television still in its infancy in the early 50’s, Bochner thought he’d try his luck in New York and landed a recurring role in the drama One Man’s FamilyBochner returned to Canada just in time to be one of the first actors recruited for the new Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Stratford, Ontario, now a world renowned festival.  In 1955 he played in The Merchant of Venice along with fellow Canadian actors Lorne Greene and William Shatner.  He returned to the states when he was offered a starring role opposite Rod Taylor in the mystery series Hong Kong.  After that he never looked back and in the 80s was on the prime time hit Dynasty for two seasons.  Although most of his professional life was lived in the U.S., Mr. Bochner was a proud Canadian and returned often for pleasure and for a role from time to time.

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