Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. First published in 1600, it is likely to have been first performed in the autumn or winter of 1598-1599, and it remains one of Shakespeare's most enduring and exhilarating plays on stage. Stylistically, it shares numerous characteristics with modern romantic comedies including the two pairs of lovers, in this case the romantic leads, Claudio and Hero, and their comic counterparts, Benedick and Beatrice.
Our Miss Brooks was a situation comedy show heard on radio and seen on television and films. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who had specialized in playing the wisecracking friend to the heroine. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for 1945's Mildred Pierce. Arden's skill with the wicked one-liner and acid aside was beginning to lead to typecasting so, to find a new image, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks. The series centered on Connie Brooks, a smart, sharp-witted, lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Between gentle wisecracks, Miss Brooks doted on nerdish student Walter Denton (Richard Crenna) and frequently locked horns with crusty, cranky Principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon). Many plot lines revolved around Miss Brooks' longing for Philip Boynton (Jeff Chandler), the school's bashful biology teacher. Our Miss Brooks made a successful transition to TV in 1952 while the radio series lasted until 1957. Enjoy 12 comedy-filled half-hour episodes in this collection!
3/4/51 The French Job Offer 3/11/51 Tex Barton, Transfer Student 4/22/51 New School TV 5/13/51 Bargain Hats for Mother's Day 5/20/51 Bird on the Roof 3/9/52 Minerva's Kittens 1/24/54 Foreign Exchange Teachers 9/26/54 Mr. Lathrop Returns to High School 10/10/54 Bartering with Chief Thundercloud 10/24/54 Stretch and Judy Brill 11/7/54 Operating the Switchboard 1/23/55 Mr. Boynton's Foreign Pen Pal
Imagine if famous playwright William Shakespeare had been haunting theaters since his death, just to see how his plays were being treated. What might he say about the productions he has seen for over 400 years, the actors he has watched, and his own life? The setting for Shakespeare's Ghost is an unnamed theater during a terrible production of Hamlet. Rather than let us suffer through the bad acting, Shakespeare materializes and shares with us the story of his life, his work, and productions of his plays through the centuries. J.T. Turner brings the Bard to life in this adapted audio version of his successful one-man stage show.
The acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro has created a remarkable story about a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage. Now, he sees the world as the person he was three years ago, when his life and loves were in a very different place.This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.Includes a conversation about brain trauma and memory loss with Dr. David Hovda, the Director of the Brain Injury Research Center at UCLA.Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in June 2015.Directed by Martin JarvisProducing Director Susan Albert LoewenbergPaul Fox as AlJared Harris as DonnySiobhán Hewlett as TrishMoira Quirk as FleaSophie Winkleman as EmmaAssociate Producers: Anna Lyse Erikson, Myke WeiskopfRecording and Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West HollywoodFoley Artist: Jeff GardnerAssistant Recording Engineer and Editor: Wesley Dewberry
A masterpiece of twentieth-century drama by the iconic author of Our Lady of the Flowers: “ingenious, intellectually exciting, and, yes, still quite shocking” (The New York Times). In the midst of a city ravaged by violent rebellion, a brothel caters to the elaborate role-playing fantasies of men from all walks of life. A gas company worker pretends to be a bishop while, in the next room, another customer dons a judge’s robe to savor the erotic pleasures of meting out justice—and punishment. These perverse costumed masquerades parody the larger, more violent dramas of the outside world. But as the anarchic political struggle threatens to topple society, even the revolutionaries come to believe that illusions are preferable to reality. A poet, novelist, playwright, and outlaw, Jean Genet helped define French existential theater of the mid-twentieth century. Deeply influential and widely acclaimed, Genet’s The Balcony presents an unrelentingly profound and critical reflection of contemporary society.
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