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first_imgIt’s a homecoming of sorts for director Michael Wilson as he presents playwright Tennessee Williams at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) this month, guiding an all-star cast through what was the writer’s last great critical and commercial success.First performed in 1961, “The Night of the Iguana,” explores familiar Williams territory: sex, desire, dysfunction, and despair. The play follows defrocked-preacher-turned-tour-guide T. Lawrence Shannon on a trek through Mexico with travelers from a Baptist women’s college. At a remote hotel run by Shannon’s friend Maxine Faulk, he encounters hotel guest Hannah Jelkes, who helps him confront his longtime demons.“It’s not a flawless play, but it’s a great play in what it achieves in its storytelling and its exploration of big themes,” said Wilson, whose first job after college was as the A.R.T.’s house manager in 1987. There’s “also that undeniably, incredibly intoxicating power Williams has to transport an audience through setting, mise en scène elements, and really grabbing the ideas of desire and living fully.”The show’s standout cast will no doubt heighten the experience. The production includes Tony winners Elizabeth Ashley, James Earl Jones, and Amanda Plummer, Emmy winner Dana Delany, and Broadway veteran Bill Heck, along with A.R.T. alumnus and Harvard lecturer on the dramatic arts Remo Airaldi.Such talented and veteran actors, said Wilson, bring subtlety and sophistication to their performances.He cautions audiences not to be fooled by Jones’ portrayal of the play’s frail, elderly poet Nonno. He’s a deft actor simply playing a character, and still a demanding presence whose years of theater and film experience add layers of nuance to this somewhat quieter performance, said Wilson.,“It’s great to see him play a part that’s as much about listening as it is about talking,” said Wilson. Still, every time Jones speaks in that famous resonant basso, added the director, “the whole cast just looks.”Ashley, a longtime friend to Williams, had her breakout Broadway performance in 1974 when she portrayed Maggie in the playwright’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and has since been in numerous Williams plays. As such, the actor brings “authenticity and authority,” to “Iguana” said Wilson. “She knows Tennessee’s music and rhythms, and she knows exactly how to drive through them.“You feel Tennessee laughing on her shoulder,” he added.Ashley also knows Wilson well. In 2001, Wilson led the Hartford Stage’s production of “The Glass Menagerie,” with Ashley in the role of faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield. The show played at the A.R.T. and went on to win an Elliot Norton Award. The A.R.T. mounted an acclaimed production of “Menagerie” in 2013 that went on to a successful Broadway run.Plummer also knows this landscape well. She and Wilson have done three Williams plays together. Plummer also starred in a 1983 Broadway production of “The Glass Menagerie” with Jessica Tandy. While Plummer knows what Ashley, Vivien Leigh, Geraldine Page, and Barbara Bel Geddes have achieved in leading Williams’ roles, what’s fun to watch, Wilson said, is Plummer “doing it her way.”Director Michael Wilson and actor and Harvard lecturer Remo Airaldi, who plays Jake, pose backstage. Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater“She’s been very effective, and really arresting the audience’s attention.”The director called Delany, winner of back-to-back Emmys for her work on the television drama “China Beach,” “a damn good stage actress.”“From the time I talked to her on the phone when we were exploring her coming out here to do this,” recalled Wilson, “I knew she had the right chutzpah, energy, guts, courage, and humor to play Maxine.”Of Heck, the play’s fallen preacher, Wilson said, “He’s becoming one of the main actors of his generation, and this Shannon is going to catapult him out of the earnest Gary Cooper kind of character into more of a James Dean bad boy.”A Southerner himself, Wilson knows Williams’ works inside and out, producing an ambitious marathon of them as artistic director of the Hartford Stage from 1998 to 2011, regularly staging well-known plays alongside lesser-known one-act works and more abstract creations.On a break from A.R.T. rehearsals, Wilson explained his longtime love for Williams’ repertoire.“He wrote as many full-length plays as Shakespeare. He wrote a number of one-act plays as well as short stories. Many of the short stories and one-acts are sketches for the full-length plays. He also wrote novels and screenplays. He was just a very prolific writer.”He was also profound. Williams tapped into the human condition like no other, said Wilson, and his themes still resonate.“With what’s happening in our world today, where law-and-order governments seem to be on the rise not just in the United States but in other countries throughout the rest of the world, anything that has ambiguity of any sort — moral, sexual, gender, thought — there’s really not going to be a lot of room for that. And that’s dangerous to people who are sensitive and empathetic,” said Wilson. “And I think it’s just yet another incredible way in which this play is prescient and vitally relevant today.”,Wilson first worked with Airaldi more than 20 years ago at the A.RT. The director has a keen eye for Williams’ sensibilities, said Airaldi, and appreciates the playwright’s ability to combine the type of lyricism found in Shakespeare with the kinds of compelling silences favored by playwrights such as Anton Chekov.Airaldi, who has been in a number of Wilson-directed Williams productions over the years, said he often uses scenes from Williams’ works in his Harvard acting classes. The writing, he said, combines “everything that an actor needs to do.” It’s the language, said Airaldi, who plays travel company representative Jake Latta in the third act. But it’s also “what’s under the words, the silences around them.”Airaldi said that Williams “shows such a compassion for the misfits in life. … Most of us in theater, if you dig deep enough, you’ll find a misfit somewhere.”For a further window into Williams and his work, audience members can check out the small display in the Loeb Drama Center’s lobby. The exhibit will feature material from the collection of Williams ephemera and manuscripts housed at Harvard’s Houghton Library.“We hope the display will give audiences a sense of how long the development process was for ‘Iguana,’ ” said Annabeth Lucas, the A.R.T. Institute’s production dramaturg, “as well as a little insight into Williams’ tendency to constantly revise his own work.”“The Night of the Iguana” will play at the Loeb Drama Center on Tuesdays through Sundays, Feb. 18 through March 18. Tickets are available here.last_img read more


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first_img View Comments Related Shows The cast includes Amber Petty, Chris Grace, David Andino, Kaitlyn Frotton, Adam Hyndman, Tim Murray, Casey Rogers, Alec Varcas, Ashley Ward and Chloe Williamson. 50 Shades! The Musical Time to explore our inner goddesses! 50 Shades! The Musical, the original parody of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller, begins performances off-Broadway February 21. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, the lampoon musical will officially open March 12 at the Elektra Theatre.center_img This show is not to be confused with Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody, which features parodies of hit songs and is also appearing off-Broadway. 50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more


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first_imgBURLINGTON Champlain College’s 2008-09 Leadership American Style lecture series opens Wednesday, Oct. 15 with a talk by historian, biographer and Champlain College professor Willard Sterne Randall The talk, entitled Champlain Names His Lake, is based on three years of research and travel by Champlain College professors Randall and Dr. Nancy Nahra to track down Samuel de Champlain’s hometown in France and the many ports of call he visited during his explorations. The free, lecture is open to the public. It begins at 7:30 pm in Champlain College Alumni Auditorium. The lake is so much a part of what we are here in our region, Nahra said. And through it, Samuel de Champlain’s history collides with our own. Champlain named for himself the long, narrow lake that he explored in 1609. He was exploring and mapping New France for King Henry IV of France and he entered the lake from its northern tip, paddling in war canoes with Native American guides. He would later battle the Iroquois at Fort Ticonderoga, in the southern end of the lake, marking the first battle of the French-Indian War.We’ll explore the results of our research, including three trips to France to track down Champlain from his birth in a medieval village that isn’t even on the map anymore to our Lake Champlain shores, Randall explained. The talk features a lot of the images we’ve gathered of Champlain’s world on both sides of the Atlantic and depicts French and Native American life at the time of Champlain’s 29 voyages across the Atlantic. It touches on exploration, trade, women’s life, native culture and the first shots of a 150-year struggle between the French and their Indian allies and the English and theirs, he explained. Randall teaches a Vermont history course at the College and is a Pulitzer Prize nominated biographer.The theme of the celebration, When the French Were Here, invites the broadest possible consideration of Champlain’s achievements, his life, and of his world as a cultural, social and ideological context. Champlain’s conference is not divided along rigid lines. Champlain College will also host an international academic symposium July 2-5, 2009 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain. It is only academic symposium to be offered as part of the Vermont’s Quadricentennial celebration. The theme of the symposium, lecture series and an associated web site is When the French Were Here. Experts from France, Canada and across the United States will gather at Champlain College, a private college that was named for the lake that it overlooks from Burlington’s Hill Section. Champlain College has also created a web-based resource about Samuel de Champlain at www.champlainquadricentennial.com/(link is external) which includes a history timeline, biography of Samuel de Champlain, maps and teaching resources for schools and parents.Vermont will commemorate this historic event in 2009 with festivals, pageants, exhibits, performances, educational symposiums and much more. The College is coordinating its activities with Quadricentennial committees of the states of Vermont and New York.First Night Burlington on Dec. 31, kicks off the statewide Vermont Celebrates Champlain commemoration events. For information about other events, www.CelebrateChamplain.org/events(link is external). Champlain College has 2,000 undergraduate students and is ranked 12th in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 Americas Best Colleges. Champlain College also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional education. To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external). FOR CALENDAR LISTING:Champlain Names His Lake lecture by historian and biographer Willard Sterne Randall. Part of the Champlain College 2008-09 Leadership American Style series beginning Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Champlain College Alumni Auditorium, South Willard Street, Burlington, Vt. The illustrated talk is based on three years of research and travel by Champlain College professors Randall and Dr. Nancy Nahra to track down explorer Samuel de Champlains hometown in France and the many ports of call he visited during his explorations. Free and open to the open to the public. For more information call (802)651-5996 or visit www.champlainquadricentennial.com/(link is external)last_img read more


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first_imgLast week, it was reported that U.S. labor productivity, as measured by the amount of gross domestic product (GDP) produced by one hour of labor, declined 0.6% in the first three months of 2017. The decline was more than expected. A problem that Ms. Yellen, along with most Federal Reserve (Fed) governors and presidents, view with strong concern, is getting worse, not better. Moreover, the Fed, along with many economists and economic policy makers, admit that they really don’t know how to fix the problem. Yet in the face of this problem, as noted in their statement on monetary policy Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) was quite sanguine with the prospects for the economy going forward, more or less dismissing the rather soft first-quarter data. There seems to be a disconnect here between the Fed’s concern over productivity, which Ms. Yellen has gone so far in the past as to call “miserable,” their outlook for the economy, and their desire to tighten monetary policy as early as next June.One of the potential reasons that labor productivity remains dismal in the face of increasing employment during this seven-year economic expansion could be that the quality of jobs produced has been dominated by relatively low productivity retail jobs. Nevertheless, during this long, if not spectacular, expansion, manufacturing of durable goods has been growing in sectors such as autos. Additionally, the first half of 2017 experienced a rebound in energy and energy jobs as well.Perhaps the Fed believes that there will be a continued improvement in the productive quality of jobs that will, in relatively quick time, give us the productivity and economic growth befitting an economy that is at or near full employment. However, in my opinion, for the Fed to believe this, they must be discounting the problems we are beginning to see crop up in auto production and energy as temporal. Are they temporal? continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgNot too long ago I was offered an interesting opportunity, a 30-minute call with a Facebook ads guru from another digital marketing agency. We would look at ads I’ve created and get I would get feedback and suggestions for future campaigns. Well here is what I learned…Our Targeting is Spot OnThere are endless options when it comes to targeting on Facebook. You can target certain behaviors or interests, all age ranges, people that have visited your website or engaged with your page…We try to focus a majority of our ad spend money to 3 – 4 target audiences. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 46-year-old man who died after he crashed his truck in Yaphank may have suffered a medical emergency Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said he was driving a tractor trailer westbound on Zorn Boulevard when he crashed into a stone landscaping wall at 1:55 p.m.The driver was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead. His identity wasn’t immediately released.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more


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first_imgIn total, from June 1 to September 1, Uber drove as many as 170 tourists on the coast, which is an increase of as much as 47 percent compared to last year. Almost all (94%) came to Croatia with the already installed Uber application on their mobile phones, which only shows that they expect it as part of our tourist offer. Also, with the arrival of Uber, Croatia is ranked on the global scene as a quality destination that follows all trends, and Uber has made an excellent global advertising and thus become ambassador of our tourism. By the way, the world premiere of the UberBoat service was held in Croatia.”The fact that as many as 94 percent of tourists already had an Uber application is a clear indication that foreigners expect Uber to be available to them in our country and that they like to use it. The results of the tourist season have once again confirmed the importance of the new Road Transport Act, which allows everyone to move easily and safely across the country.” He said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe.Most tourists who used Uber came from the United Kingdom and the United States (14%) and Australia and France (5%). They mostly drove on routes shorter than five kilometers (84%) while the longest ride this summer was on the route Pula-Osijek, it was as much as 550 kilometers and lasted 359 minutes. In Dubrovnik, Uber was mostly ordered for transport to or from the city walls and the bus station, and in Split to the city center and the Mall of Split.On the other hand, UberBOAT sailed into a sea adventure several hundred times, of which in 40 percent of cases it took users on trips to the islands in the waters of Split, Dubrovnik and Šibenik. This year, in addition to Dalmatia, Uber was available to Istrians and their guests. RELATED NEWS:UBER AS THE AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN TOURISM UBERBIKE PUBLIC BICYCLE SYSTEM COMING SOON IN EUROPEREVOLUTION IN TRANSPORT – ACHIEVEMENT OF VOLLA AND UBER ACHIEVEMENT!last_img read more


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first_imgPublicly listed Bank OCBC NISP has cut its loan disbursement target this year as the COVID-19 pandemic hits credit demand amid slowing business activity.“At first, we targeted our loan growth to reach around 7 percent to 9 percent this year but given the current situation, loans will probably grow around zero percent to 5 percent,” the bank’s president director, Parwati Surjaudaja, said during a virtual press briefing over the weekend.As of the first quarter of this year, OCBC NISP booked 5.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) growth in loan disbursement to Rp 123.87 trillion (US$8.31 billion). Parwati attributed the lower projection to slowing loan demand due to cooling economic activity as a result of the pandemic.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesian banks face challenging time but hopes remainThe pandemic has disrupted businesses in the country, as the government’s large-scale social restrictions require people to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show the country’s economy grew just 2.97 percent annually in the first quarter, the lowest since 2001 as household spending and investment growth plunged to 2.84 percent and 1.7 percent respectively.Despite the potentially slumping loan demand, the local arm of Singapore-based OCBC Bank would continue to focus on disbursing its loans to businesses that still recorded gains amid the pandemic. “We believe that there are sectors that have continued to grow amid this pandemic that still need working capital for their businesses,” she said.Stocks of OCBC NISP, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code NISP, rose 0.71 percent as of 12:31 p.m. Jakarta time on Monday as the main gauge Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) jumped 0.91 percent. The bank’s stocks have lost almost 20 percent of their value in the last year, Bloomberg data showed.OCBC NISP also sought other ways to maintain its performance amid the challenging time by boosting its non-interest income, including fee-based income, managing director Hartati said.“We aim to increase our fee-based income by 10 percent this year to offset the possible slower net interest income from the slumping loan,” she said.Parwati expressed optimism that OCBC NISP third-party fund collection would still grow at around 8 to 10 percent this year as the bank planned to boost low-cost funding to help maintain its liquidity.The bank’s third-party funds had grown 5.2 percent yoy to Rp 137.37 trillion as of March. It also recorded a loan-to-deposit ratio (LDR) of 89.9 percent, below the lower threshold of 94 percent, while its loan-to-funding ratio (LFR) of 87.3 percent was well below the 100 percent threshold. Read also: BCA lowers loan growth target to 5%-7% over virus, market concernsThe banking industry is expected to face headwinds this year, leading to some banks’ hesitation over channeling loans given the economic uncertainty.“I think loan growth will be around 4 percent and new loan disbursement will begin to return to normal in March 2021. The banks are hesitant to channel loans as demand will remain low until December,” Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) senior economist Aviliani said during an online discussion recently.Financial Services Authority (OJK) data revealed Monday that loan growth reached 7.95 percent yoy in the first quarter, higher than the 6.08 percent recorded at the end of last year. However, no new loan demand was recorded in the period as the growth came from the disbursement of existing credit facilities, OJK chairman Wimboh Santoso said.The OJK and Bank Indonesia previously set a loan growth target of around 11 percent this year. The central bank recently slashed its projection to between 6 and 8 percent.Topics :last_img read more


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first_imgGambian ops An independent oil and gas advisory firm, RISC Operations, has conducted an audit of Far’s internal estimate of Prospective Resources for the Samo and Bambo prospects located in The Gambia permits A2 and A5. The Bambo prospect has been identified following recent mapping of the 3D seismic and targets a separate reservoir objective on the same structural trend as the Samo prospect. The two prospects have a combined best estimate Prospective Resource of 1.1 billion barrels on a gross unrisked basis (926 million barrels net to Far).The Samo prospect has two target intervals, is on trend and shares many similarities with the giant SNE oil field. As such it is very highly rated with an estimated chance of success (CoS) in one or both targets, endorsed by RISC, of 55%. According to Far, it is rare to have an exploration prospect with such a high CoS but this reflects the adjacent discovery at SNE and the confidence Far Limited has developed in exploring in the play fairway which is yet to experience a dry well. The Bambo play type is less understood but the Bambo prospect is still highly regarded with a CoS of 18%. Far said that more work will be carried out to improve understanding of the play and to further derisk the prospect.Far has also mapped a number of large leads in Block A5. This is in an area of poorer data quality and extends outside the 3D seismic coverage. These leads will be the subject of further mapping when the reprocessing of the seismic survey is available.Far Managing Director, Cath Norman, said: “Since making the discoveries at SNE and FAN offshore Senegal, and subsequently at FAN South and SNE North, it has been Far’s core strategy to build on our geological knowledge, contacts and nimbleness in the market to add high quality drilling opportunities in the MSGB Basin for our shareholders. As the RISC audit testifies, the opportunity we have captured in Blocks A2 and A5 offshore The Gambia represent a huge prize if successful.“Given the eight successful wells drilled on the shelf to date in Senegal and into the key reservoirs in the Samo prospect, the geological chance of success for drilling this prospect is high for a frontier exploration well. The Samo well will be the only exploration well to be drilled offshore The Gambia since the Jammah-1 well drilled in 1979.“Success in this well at the scale that RISC has supported would be truly transformational for the people of The Gambia and Far is proud to again be in the privileged position of delivering the country’s first, modern exploration well as we were in 2014 in Senegal.” Potential for 1.1 billion barrels of oil Following Government approval of the assignment of Far’s 80% interest in Blocks A2 and A5, Far as the operator of the Block A2 and A5 joint venture has progressed the license work program including well planning activities.Far’s Gambia office was opened in September 2017 and its in country team of 5 personnel is focused on managing Government and in country stakeholder interfaces and relationships. Well planning and preparation activities are progressing with; long lead items ordered, well design planning underway and preparation of an enviromental impact assessment and contingency plan started. Rig and shore base options are being investigated.Geotechnical studies are progressing including reprocessing of the Block A2 and A5 3D seismic data by Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) with the aim of improving the data quality for optimizing the location and design of the anticipated Samo exploration well. Two Far Limited-operated prospects located in Blocks A2 and A5 offshore The Gambia have a combined best estimate prospective resource of 1.1 billion barrels of oil.Earlier this year, Far took over 80% interest in offshore Blocks A2 and A5 from Erin Energy while Erin kept the remaining 20% interest. The transaction was approved by the country’s government in July giving Far operatorship over the two blocks.Far has completed detailed geotechnical studies and assessed significant hydrocarbon resource potential in its two blocks offshore The Gambia, the Australian company said on Tuesday.The Blocks A2 and A5 permit area, covering 2,682km2, are adjacent to and on trend with Far’s world class SNE oil field discovery and have significant exploration potential. A2 and A5 sit within the rapidly emerging and prolific Mauritania-SenegalGuinea-Bissau (MSGB) Basin and lie approximately 30km offshore in water depths ranging from 50 to 1,500 meters.From 1,504km2 of modern 3D seismic data acquired in A2 and A5, Far said it has identified large prospects similar to the “shelf edge” plays Far has successfully drilled in Senegal. FAR has mapped two drillable prospects, Samo and Bambo and additional leads in the blocks.last_img read more