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And on a more somber note...

William Hutt is no longer with us. :-/

ETA: Via jennetj, the excellent obit on the CBC website.


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Jun. 27th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear this. I knew it was only a matter of time, but we were hopeful he'd hang on a little longer. I wound up breaking the news to our wigsmaster, who worked with him for years at Stratford. She hadn't heard yet, and was very saddened and shaken.

He had an arresting stage presence, and shone in everything he did, from the problematic "The Stillborn Lover" to his brilliant turns as Prospero and a delightful turn as Leonato in the "geriatric" Much Ado about Nothing a few years ago (in which he succeeded in getting James Blendick to corpse). His work on Slings and Arrows, which I believe may have been his last work, was a beautiful and fitting swan song to an extraordinary actor and, as I understand it from those who knew him, a wonderful man.
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
I never saw him on stage, but I was looking forward to seeing him in the third season of Slings and Arrows. BTW- I'm having a viewing party at my place on July 8th. Any interest in coming?
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE to. I have the first couple seasons on my Netflix queue, but haven't had a chance to see a scrap of it, and have been dying to.
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Season 3 is coming out on DVD on July 3rd and I've invited folks from Promethean Theater (who introduced me to the show in the first place) to come and watch. I'm doing mexican food.
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
He is absolutely brilliant in it, and absolutely believable. Every time he opens his mouth it's like a revelation. In one scene he tells the story of King Lear and it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Can't wait. I love Lear so much anyway, mostly because it was one of the more satisfying productions we did at Rosebriar.

How lost will I be if I haven't seen the earlier seasons first?
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Lost-ish. Mostly about character. But it really is serial and OMG YOU SO HAVE TO SEE IT!!! Ahem. Here's the plot you need to know in a nutshell:

Oliver Welles, the artistic director of the New Burbage Festival Theater, is hit by a Pork truck one drunken evening and killed. The Board of Directors brings in Geoffrey Tennant, one-time star actor from the New Burbage who went insane (apparently, literally) during a performance of his brilliant Hamlet, and left the company in disgrace. Geoffrey spends the first season as acting artistic director, then is given the job for good in the 2nd season. Only thing is, Oliver hasn't "moved on", and keeps appearing to Geoffrey (who's the only one who can see him) to offer him advice and criticism.

Geoffrey's then-girlfriend, Ellen, is the "diva" of the company, slowly graduating from the ingenues to the older female leads (Lady M, Gertrude and Regan), and after much trial and tribulation, by the beginning of the 3rd season, they're back to being a "couple". Ellen spent much of the 2nd season being audited by Inland Revenue and owes somewhere around $26,000 in back taxes.

Richard Smith-Jones, the Executive Director is a bean-counter without a creative bone in his body, but with a love of musical theatre. He spent the first season being seduced by one of the board members to insure her company's continued sponsorship, and the 2nd season attempting to dig them out of the hole he'd dropped them into, by engaging a radical and suspect marketing firm.

Darren Nichols is an over-the-top director and long-time nemesis of Geoffrey's.

Supporting characters you need to know are Anna, the executive assistant (and probably my favorite character), Maria, the stage manager, Nahum, the security guard, Jerry, the "2nd string" actor (who tends to be everybody's understudy), and Frank and Cyril, two older "second-string" actors who act like a sort of greek chorus commenting on the action.

When the 3rd season begins, the festival is riding high on its blockbuster season and a restaging of its award-winning production of Macbeth on Broadway. But success can be as difficult to handle as failure and both Geoffrey and Richard are coping in their own way. And then there's Oliver, who STILL hasn't moved on....

OK, now you know the bare bones of what you need to watch the 3rd season. And send me your snail-mail and I'll send you disks of the 1st & 2nd seasons.
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

And dude, what is it with Paul Gross and chatty ghosts??
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, damn.
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