“Florence Foster Jenkins” a tale of indefatigable passion
Just what is it with Meryl Streep and singing these days?
When I have downtime, I troll the interwebs where I am involved (in the virtual sense) with a couple of multiples groups online. I’ve made long-distance friends with several moms of multiples, and we trade tips, ask advice and even swap items (I totally nailed a great deal on a triplet stroller just last week – solid).
But one of my friends recently posted about how someone called her fake for posting cute pictures and happy status updates about her life. The notion that someone’s life is supposed to precisely mirror their Facebook statuses seems weird to me. With very few exceptions, I don’t post pictures of my kids screaming or crying, I don’t post pictures of myself looking like a hot mess, I keep my whiny status updates to a minimum (this is subject to debate, I’m sure), and to the untrained eye it may appear that I am just breezing through raising three kids while seamlessly maintaining a job and household. Let me just say, ha!
a fall 2012 TV preview
Being a television executive is much like being a professional gambler: It’s a business built around taking huge risks. Sometimes, those risks pay off hugely. More often, they don’t. So it is with new network television shows. For every breakout hit, there are half a dozen flops. And that doesn’t even count the scores of filmed pilots that ultimately fail to find a home.
Still, hope springs eternal, even in the entertainment business. The network dial is riddled with new offerings this fall. Any one of them could conceivably capture the public’s imagination and become a mainstay for the next five years. Of course, that just means the rest of them will be boring, bland and ultimately forgettable – assuming they aren’t epically terrible. We can probably count on at least one of those as well.
Robsten no more?
So it looks like there’s trouble brewing for Hollywood’s second-favorite portmanteau (you’re still number one, Brangelina!). That’s right: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are on the rocks.
Some photos came to light last week of K-Stew engaged in all kinds of naughty cheaty activity with Rupert Sanders, the older (and extremely married) director of her film “Snow White and the Huntsman.” These pictures are the sort of smoking gun that is extremely difficult to ignore.
She should have tried.
PTC presents world premiere play
BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre has brought the first world premiere in the organization’s long history with their current production of the play “Ink” by Alice van Buren. The show is running through April 15 at the Bangor Opera House.
“Ink” is the story of Mary Rowlandson, a minister’s wife in New England. In 1676, at the height of the now mostly forgotten King Philip’s War, Rowlandson was kidnapped by a band of Native American warriors. For 82 days, she was their captive. Finally, she was ransomed and released.
After trying and failing to move past the trauma of the experience, Mary was eventually persuaded by community leaders to write down her story. This captivity narrative would become the first true literary sensation in the United States.
FARMINGTON - Many residents in and around Bangor know all too well the events that led to the unfortunate death of 23-year-old Charlie Howard. Now his tragic story will be shared with the University of Maine Farmington community during a one-act play called “Bridge.”
"This isn't just one town's narrative," said Jayne Decker, the play's writer and director. "Every community should own this story so people can understand that this type of behavior can happen to anyone, anywhere."
In 1984, Howard was beaten by three teenagers for being openly gay. The teens then tossed the Bangor resident over the State Street bridge and into the Kenduskeag stream, where he had an asthma attack and drowned. It's a hate crime that has not only haunted but tarnished the beauty of the Queen city for more than 25 years.
"It's important not to be silent when these things happen and that we learn from these stories," said Decker.
BANGOR - While most people will be avoiding black cats, walking under ladders or stepping on cracks on Friday the 13th of April, the Husson University student run theater group will be engrossing itself in superstition as it prepares for its three-day performance of “Dracula” at the Gracie Theatre on campus.
The play is being director by senior Christine White.
"One of my biggest things going into this performance is knowing that people know the character Dracula, but they don't know the context at all," explained White. "This is a great opportunity to get a little of the back story out there."
The theater group, which is made up of students from both Husson University and The New England School of Communications, has been rehearsing its lines for this blood-sucking vampire classic since January.
Four earn individual honors in parody of Shakespeare’s plays
FALMOUTH – After months of rehearsals and a round of competition, students from Brewer High School made their way to the state Class A finals of the Maine State Drama Festival held last weekend at Falmouth High School.
The students, performing the hilarious parody “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” qualified for the competition after earning a berth at the regional round at Stearns High School in Millinocket earlier this month, where they outperformed both Bangor and Old Town high schools. And while they placed sixth overall at the state-level competition, four cast members were recognized by the judges for their individual contributions.
“We were very pleased with our performance,” said Rich Kimball, a teacher at the high school and Brewer’s drama coach. “I thought it was our best performance of the show.”
Penobscot Theatre to present world premiere
BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre Company has given audiences a lot to appreciate in recent years. We have seen harmonic musicals, door-slamming farces and modern classics grace the Bangor Opera House Stage. However, what we haven’t seen is a world premiere.
Until now, that is.
PTC will be presenting the world premiere of the play “Ink” by Alice Van Buren. The play, which originally appeared at the 2010 Northern Writes New Play Festival (and was voted audience favorite), is receiving the full stage treatment. Previews of the show begin on March 28, with the official opening night taking place on March 30.
It’s the story of Mary Rowlandson, the first female author to be published in America. In February of 1676, preacher’s wife Rowlandson was taken from her home in Lancaster, MA by Native Americans. She was their captive for nearly three months before finally being ransomed and returned to her husband.
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