Tag Archives: Peter Hall

Cheers to our Will, not sorry old George

By Ray Bennett Today is St. George’s Day named for the patron saint of several places  such as Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia. Oh, and England. We English, of course, don’t mark April 23 in … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Peter Hall directs ‘Twelfth Night’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – British stage legend Peter Hall celebrates his 80th birthday by directing his movie star daughter Rebecca Hall in a lyrical and musical production of Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy Twelfth Night that shows his touch is as … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If Mrs. Malaprop did not exist (in fiction) someone would have to invent her. The trouble with Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century comedy of manners “The Rivals”, given a jewel-box revival at London’s Theatre Royal, … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Noel Coward’s ‘The Vortex’

By Ray Bennett Noel Coward wrote “The Vortex” in 1924 as a cautionary tale about the price to be paid for overindulging in the roaring ’20s, but his characters appear frightfully shallow and their antics tiresomely petty in the 21st … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: George Bernard Shaw’s ‘You Never Can Tell’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anyone who has seen “Pygmalion” (or “My Fair Lady”) will know what kind of sexual politics to expect from George Bernard Shaw’s less well-known and well-crafted but similarly engaging comedy of manners, “You Never Can … Continue reading

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