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Lupita Nyong’o Will Lead Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will headline the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production, which has just been added to the Public Theater’s 2015-16 season, will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Nyong’o will play The Girl. An Oscar winner for her feature debut in 12 Years a Slave, she will next be seen in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She additionally just wrapped production in Uganda on Mira Nair’s The Queen of Katwe opposite David Oyelowo, and lends her voice to Jon Favreau’s upcoming Jungle Book. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s acting program, Nyongo’s stage credits include The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew and Elijah.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The limited engagement will run through November 8.last_img read more

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Win MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants

first_imgMore good news for Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of gargantuan Broadway hit Hamilton. The MacArthur Foundation has bestowed a “genius” grant on the Tony winner, who along with puppetry artist Basil Twist, set designer Mimi Lien, and 21 other exceptionally creative Fellows, will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant.The honor is for “their cutting-edge work that is transforming their fields” and Miranda is credited with “bringing the traditional Broadway musical into the 21st century with modern musical styles that reflect the diversity of contemporary America.”Twist’s credits include Symphonie Fantastique and Rite of Spring off-Broadway. A puppetry artist and director, he is honored for “revitalizing puppetry as a serious and sophisticated art form with his bold and imaginative experiments with materials and puppetry techniques.”Lien’s credits include off-Broadway’s An Octoroon, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 and The Whale. Her “bold designs play an integral role in translating a text’s narrative and emotional dynamics onto the stage.”Congratulations from us all here at to the winners! Drinks on you?! View Comments Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Related Shows from $149.00last_img read more

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The War of the Worlds, Starring a 3D Liam Neeson, to Land in London

first_img View Comments Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds is bound for the West End. Directed by Bob Tomson, the show, which will feature a 3D Liam Neeson, is scheduled to play a limited season at London’s Dominion Theatre from February 8, 2016. Opening night is set for February 17.Based on the classic science fiction story by HG Wells, the production is adapted by Doreen Wayne, with music by Jeff Wayne, along with lyrics by Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass and Jeff Wayne.Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s original double album has sold over 15 million copies. The iconic score will be played live and conducted on stage by Jeff Wayne himself, and the show is set to include new music, star cast, and a full supporting company of performers—as well as video walls, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects and in 3D holography Neeson as The JournalistWells’ novel, first published in 1898, was the prototype for all science fiction. An international phenom, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity.last_img read more

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Meet The Ensemble Keeping Hamilton Going Non-Stop

first_imgPhotos: Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow (women wearing Byron Lars Beauty Mark; men wearing Kye Denim and DL1961) | Hair & Makeup: Alex Michaels | Styling Assistant: Ginna Le Vine | Production Assistant: Eric Tronolone | Shot at Chemistry Creative The ensemble stars of ‘Hamilton'(Photos: Matthew Murphy) There isn’t a Tony Award for Best Musical Ensemble, but if there were, Hamilton would have nabbed 17 landmark nods this year. Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Sasha Hutchings, Morgan Marcell, Thayne Jasperson, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Seth Stewart, Austin Smith, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene are the young, scrappy and hungry movers giving the Main Stem some major street cred in the cultural phenomenon. Photographer Matthew Murphy glammed them up and captured them on the move; like mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and his historical muse, these pivotal players are non-stop. Check out’s hang sesh with the dope ensemble.VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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1984 Sets Closing Date in London’s West End

first_img View Comments ‘1984’ The critically acclaimed production of 1984 will close at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 29. Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, the play returned to the venue on June 14 this year.Adapted by Icke and Macmillan, George Orwell’s canonical work is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This dynamic, innovative production connects Orwell’s bleak vision of the future with the present day, drawing striking parallels to our own uncertain political landscape.The cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam, Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Hilton McRae, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin and Catrin Stewart, alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler.last_img read more

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Rank Your Top 10 Favorite Chicago Songs

first_img(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Whoopee! The Tony-winning revival of Chicago celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 14. The razzle dazzle story of merry murderess Roxie Hart’s meteoric rise as a celebrity has been performed over 8,000 times on the Great White Way. Chicago has also been adapted into an Academy Award-winning film and made history this past summer when Jaime Camil and Bianca Marroquín (playing the roles of Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart, respectively) became the first two Mexican performers to lead a Broadway musical together. And of course, Kander and Ebb’s score makes the production that much more iconic. So which Chicago song is your favorite? Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan kicked off this challenge with her top 10. Give us your picks (and all that jazz)!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Comments Chicagocenter_img Related Shows from $49.50last_img read more

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The Lice Battle.

first_imgIf you’re a parent who has ever fought the head-lice battle,you can sympathize with other parents fighting it. But what ifyou find yourself treating your child time after time becausethe little bloodsuckers keep coming back?”You can’t just treat your child with over-the-counterlice treatment and think you’ve solved the problem,” saidJeanette Fleming, a University of Georgia county extensionagent in Pickens County.”You have to apply the treatment, manually remove allthe nits (eggs), clean the child’s brushes and combs and launderthe child’s bed liners, scarfs, hats,” she said. “Youshould also vacuum any upholstered furniture or car seats thechild’s head has touched.”Fleming knows firsthand that lice are a big problem. Last fallher county office, like many across north Georgia, had many callsfrom desperate parents.Don’t Treat Unless You See Lice”We were having a terrible time, and I knew we weren’tthe only ones,” Fleming said. “We had one parent comein and her child’s hair was as dry as straw from all the treatmentsshe had applied. And the child still had lice.”Parents need to know when and how to treat for head lice.”Lice treatments are actually pesticides designed to killlice,” she said. “We had parents telling us they weretreating their children as a precaution. These treatments aren’tlike dandruff shampoo. You can’t keep applying them over and over.If you do, you’re putting your child’s health in danger.”Fleming says lice-removal treatments like Nix and Rid are madefor treating lice, not as preventive treatments.”Never use these products unless you see lice or nitsin your child’s hair,” she said. “And then follow thedirections precisely.”Remember: Lice Treatments Are PesticidesAlways apply the lice-removal medication by wetting and rinsingthe child’s hair over a sink.”Many parents are applying the treatment while the childis in the bath or shower,” Fleming said. “This way,the treatment is washed down the child’s body, which allows itto penetrate the skin. This is a pesticide. Never let it contactyour skin, other than the treatment area.”Even if you treat your child’s hair, there is no guaranteethat will solve your problem.”Moreand more health experts believe head lice are developing immunitiesto the chemicals in these treatments,” Fleming said. “That’swhy we tell parents to sit down and manually remove the lice andnits with a nit comb.”Don’t Resort to Dangerous Home RemediesOut of desperation, some parents try home remedies such askerosene.”Using kerosene is much more dangerous than using pesticides,”said Fleming. “And other home remedies like mayonnaise andVaseline are hard to wash out and leave hair greasy and unmanageable.”Fleming does recommend using olive oil to help remove nits.”Just rub the olive oil into the hair, leave it a fewminutes and begin removing the nits with a lice comb, baby safetyscissors or your fingernails,” she said. “It’s bestto divide the hair into sections so as not to miss any nits.”To help educate Pickens County parents, Fleming enlisted thehelp of senior 4-H’er Miranda Brooks.Brooks researched head lice and volunteered to help with headchecks at the local primary school. Then she designed a prevention-and-treatmentdisplay booth, “Don’t Let a Louse Get a Head.” The displaywon first place at the Coosa Valley Fair last year.Brooks also presented a program to the PTA and wrote an articlefor the local newspaper.”Head lice are one of the most misunderstood of humanparasites,” Brooks said. “People think having head licelabels them as dirty and unkempt. But head lice are invading themost stylishly cut hair, the finest homes and the most expensiveprivate schools.”Brooks won a first-place state 4-H award for her project onhead lice.last_img read more

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Flu shots ready

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaA shortage of flu vaccine in recent years caused some people tosuffer through the flu season without getting a shot. But expertssay there should be plenty to go around this year. Getting the shot now will protect you through the winter. Taking the vaccine almost guarantees you won’t get the flu at all. Hinkle said many people, worried more about West Nile virus, mayrush to the emergency room with the flu. She said the shots are usually received in early fall but areoften given until January. People are urged to take them inOctober and November, before the start of the flu season. Small children tend to be around grandparents, too. And children aren’t particularly good at washing their hands or other things that slow the spread of the flu virus, she said.Anyone who is allergic to eggs, Crawley said, shouldn’t take flu shots. The way the flu vaccine is cultured, she said, makes it likely that anyone allergic to eggs would have a reaction to a flu shot. “Immunization experts say the vaccine contains dead flu virus, so you shouldn’t feel sick after getting the shot,” Crawley said. “Some people do report a sore arm where the shot is given for about two days after the injection.” Don’t confuse flu with West Nile Many health departments, pharmacies and health centers areoffering shots. Other than that, though, neither kids nor adults should have any ill effect from taking flu shots. “While both infections can be hazardous for the very young, theelderly and those weakened by pre-existing health conditions,rarely do otherwise healthy people need a doctor’s attention whenthey develop flu.” “It’s important that emergency rooms not be swamped with flupatients,” she said, “preventing high-risk patients from gettingtimely medical care.”Where to get the shotcenter_img And now for the first time, parents are being urged to get flushots for their children over 2 years old. “They’re most likelyto bring it home from school to the rest of the family,” shesaid. In the past few years, manufacturers had a hard time producingenough vaccine early enough to help those at risk. “Symptoms of West Nile Virus infection start out just likeinfluenza, with headache, fever, muscle aches and lack ofenergy,” Hinkle said. “A Web site sponsored by the Georgia Medical Care Foundationtells where and when shots are offered and how much the feesare,” Crawley said. “You can search for locations by county orzip code.” “A new batch of vaccine has to be made each year, since the flu virus changes from year to year,” Crawley said. “There areadequate supplies this year.” Anyone at risk of getting the flu should prepare now by getting aflu shot, said Connie Crawley, a food, nutrition and healthspecialist with the University of Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences. UGA entomologist Nancy Hinkle advises people to get a flu shot so they won’t be confused about what they’ve contracted. “Primarily the elderly and those who have chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease should get a flu shot,” Crawley said. Information is available at read more

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12 Growing pecans

first_imgBy Lenny WellsUniversity of GeorgiaGrowing pecans is as much an art as a science. It requires knowledge, skill and a little luck. For yard and home garden trees, three keys to growing pecans are variety, water and fertilization. Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 12 The first and most important is the variety.Most of the varieties today are simply chance seedlings that someone discovered and propagated through the years. Some will be more susceptible to insects and disease. Some develop nuts sooner in the life of the tree, while others will bear nuts more consistently than others.For trees that require low inputs, some varieties are better than others. Choose your yard or home-garden trees from them. Since spraying trees in your yard isn’t an option, the main trait to look for is resistance to disease.ScabPecan scab is the primary disease affecting pecans. It causes the nuts to develop black spots, which can merge together as the season progresses until the nuts are completely covered and fall from the tree. The disease thrives in rainy weather, making some years worse for pecan scab than others.Several varieties have enough scab resistance to be grown in most home situations. These include Elliot, Kanza, Gloria Grande and Sumner. Because pecan trees are cross-pollinated, you must have at least two varieties to have nuts.Other varieties that show good disease and insect resistance include Jenkins, Syrup Mill, Carter, Gafford and McMillan. These five are from the Auburn University pecan breeding program and were selected for low-input situations.Only a few nurseries propagate these varieties. Your University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county agent can point these out. Graft wood for budding or grafting your own trees may also be available.Second keyWater is the second key. In most years, you simply can’t grow pecans without some type of irrigation.The most critical time for watering pecans is the first two weeks of September. During this time, pecan trees need about 1.5 inches of water per week. If you don’t water at any other time, water then.The more water the trees get in June and July, the larger the nuts will be and the more water will be required in August and September to fill the nuts.If you don’t plan to water your pecan trees, avoid cultivars that bear very large nuts. Small nut size is an advantage in dry years, because the tree requires less water and energy to completely fill its kernels.Third keyThe third key is fertilization. If the trees are to produce a good crop, the ends of the new branches should grow 6 inches each year.If you don’t get a leaf analysis or soil test, broadcast 4 pounds of a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 for each inch of trunk diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground. Apply it from mid- to late February to mid- to late March.Zinc nutrition is critical in pecan production. To find out how much zinc your tree needs, it’s best to get an analysis of leaf samples in late July or early August. Get mailing kits and instructions for taking samples from the county UGA Extension office (1-800-ASK-UGA1).If you don’t get a leaf analysis, apply 1 pound of zinc sulfate to young trees and 3 to 5 pounds for large trees each year.The soil pH needs to be 6.0 to 6.5 to make the essential nutrients available to the tree. Apply lime as suggested in the soil test report to correct low pH.In your yard or home orchard, you’re limited as to the level of care you can provide. But planting the right trees and giving them what they need when they need it will go a long way toward having the tasty pecans you’re hoping for.(Lenny Wells is a pecan horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Prep work

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhile the summer heat may have cooled to an occasional sizzle, chances are it’s left its mark on your yard. With wilted flowers and burned annuals filling flowerbeds, sprinting past your garden and hiding in your house may be tempting.There are other options.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Amanda Tedrow says now is the best time to plant winter annuals, bulbs, shrubs and trees, add mulch and test your soil.“It’s just a good time for general maintenance around the yard. This is the time to do everything you avoided earlier in the year such as picking up the leaves and getting any other debris out of your yard,” she said.Here is a short list of fall tasks to get your garden and your yard ready for winter and ready for next summer, too.• Dig a hole. “It is the best time to plant shrubs and trees,” Tedrow said. “They have all winter to establish roots and become acclimated to your soil. They can handle summer temperatures better than if they were planted in the spring.” Plant them before the first hard freeze for better root development. If planted later, they could be more susceptible to cold damage and soil heaving from the ground freezing, thawing and refreezing.Make sure to pay attention to the planting directions on your trees and shrubs. “We had a shrub brought into our office that had been planted too deep in the middle of winter,” she said. “The freezing and thawing of the soil pulled and cracked some of the bark off of the base of the shrub. The damaged shrub was not able to survive our hot, dry summer.” • Bag dirt. “It’s a good time to do your soil samples, as most gardeners aren’t as active in the yard” this time of year, she said. “Go ahead and amend it before you plant your spring garden.”• Mind your mulch. “If you don’t have a good layer of mulch down, it’s a good time to put it down,” she said. “The type of mulch you use depends on your personal preference and how you would prefer it to look. Some people like pine straw, others like pine bark or hardwood mulch.”Not only will mulch help keep moisture in the soil, it will also help regulate the soil temperature better, keeping plant roots warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.• Add fresh color. Whether you plant annuals or perennials, Tedrow has her favorites of each. For winter annuals, she suggests pansies, snapdragons, poppies, cabbages, kale and dusty miller. Perennials that can be planted in the fall include Lenten rose and shrubs such as camellias. • Prune perennials. Herbaceous perennials – the ones that die back in the winter and pop up again in the spring – can be pruned after they have gone dormant. These include numerous herbs, daylilies, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers in addition to many others.• Grow a garden. Good fall vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, onions, radishes, lettuces and greens such as kale, mustard, turnip and collard. Others are Swiss chard, radicchio, asparagus, Chinese cabbage, and kohlrabi.• Prepare for spring. “Plant bulbs for your spring blooms,” Tedrow said. “If you want them to bloom in the late winter, you should go ahead and plant them now.” Bulbs should be bought fresh yearly and then planted that year. “Most spring flowering bulbs are pretty hardy, but only to a certain extent; they can’t survive for months on end in the bags you can purchase at the store.”last_img read more