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Great news, perhaps one more award for Cate And you can read more about the awards here!
The nominations for the 28th annual Helen Hayes Awards have been announced. The prizes will be presented in a ceremony to be held on Monday, April 23, 2012.
The most highly recognized production has been Synetic Theatre’s King Lear, which has received a total of 15 nominations, including one for Outstanding Resident Play. The production also earned nominations for director Paata Tsikurishvili and one in the Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play. In addition, lead performers Irakli Kavsadze and Irina Tsikurishvili as well as supporting performers Mirenka CechovĂˇ, Ben Cunis, Chris Dinolfo, and Philip Fletcher.
Among the other nominated Outstanding Resident Plays, all with multiple nominations, are Arena Stage’s Ruined, Folger Theatre’s Cyrano, Studio Theatre’s Venus in Fur, and Woolly Mammoth’s A Bright New Boise.
New Yorkers will have a chance to see the Sydney Theater Companyâ€™s celebrated production of â€śUncle Vanyaâ€ť with Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving next summer. The production, which received rave reviews when it appeared last August at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, will be presented at City Center from July 19 through July 28 as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, a festival spokeswoman, Eileen McMahon, said. Ms. Blanchett plays Yelena, and Mr. Weaving plays Astrov in the farcical-yet-heartbreaking production, which was staged by the Hungarian director Tamas Ascher. Ms. Blanchettâ€™s husband, Andrew Upton, provided the actors a new English translation of Chekovâ€™s in 1897 play in Russian.
The Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya has been named the best play of the year by the Washington Post after what the newspaper’s critic described as the city’s strongest year of theatre in a decade.
The production, starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver as well as Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving, enjoyed a three-week run at Washington’s Eisenhower Theatre in August.
Acclaimed US critic Peter Marks put the play, a portrait of rural Russian life, in the top spot on his annual list of Washington theatre’s top 10.
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“[It] had the mesmerising power to stun an audience out of complacency over the classics and transform ones view of a masterpiece,” he said.
Marks added that it had been an exceptional year for the city’s theatre scene.
“Of all the top 10 lists I’ve assembled over the years, compiling this year’s drove me the craziest,” he said on the newspaper’s website.
“That’s how strong 2011 has been for Washington theater – the best, in fact, in my decade of steady theater-going in the region.”
Cate Blanchett â€“ who has been serving as SK-IIâ€™s Global Brand Ambassador for four years now â€“ had actually been a fan of the skincare line six years prior to becoming the companyâ€™s spokesperson. She calls the pairing a â€śhappy accident,â€ť since sheâ€™s been using the products ever since a friend suggested the Facial Treatment Essence for uneven skin tone. In honor of using SK-II for the past decade, the actress met with a few editors to discuss the line, as well as the products she uses everyday. When conversation turned towards their incredibly glowifying face masks, Blanchett (whoâ€™s currently in a production of Chekovâ€™s Uncle Vanya in Washington D.C.) mentioned how sheâ€™d actually put one on in the theater right before heading to the interview in New York. As far as other secrets to her beyond-luminous skin (seriously, the woman radiates), she attributes consistency and of course SK-IIâ€™s miracle-working ingredient pitera (a blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids). While Blanchett was forthcoming with the details of her skincare regimen, she also disclosed the contents of her makeup bag, what it was like to play Bob Dylan and the unexpected place that truly inspires her.
Such a a nice review on Cate, so I just had to post it:
I’ve always loved Cate Blanchett as a movie actress, but when I saw her as Blanche Du Bois in the Sydney Theatre Company’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” I thought she was overblown and even campy. For me it was the kind of grand-dame performance that often throws a production completely off-balance, and is just as often over-praised.
But she made me believe that she’s a stage dazzler last weekend, when I saw the Sydney Company’s production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at the Kennedy Center.
There is so many reviews on Cate and Uncle Vanya and they are so positive, which is really fun – but not too surprising for us fans Here is one from The Accidental Thespian:
Cate Blanchett is a glowing flame that lights several damaging fires as she navigates the courting of herself by both Vanya and, Astrov, the latter of whom she tries desperately to resist her own attraction to him. Ms. Blanchett navigates delicately Yelena’s unlikable side as she befriends and betrays her stepdaughter, Sonia.
If you want to read more reviews go to our forum to read many more!
A new interview by PBS from yesterday (August 15) with Cate and with actor Richard Roxburgh, whom Cate starred together with in Thank God He Met Lizzie in 1997, read more about the film here. Always a good thing waking up to a new interview You can read the whole transcript in the press archive as well.
From Queen Elizabeth to Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett has engaged and surprised audiences in a variety of roles and become one of the world’s most admired film stars.
But Cate Blanchett came from the theater. And to the theater she’s returned – in a big way.
In 2008 she and husband Andrew Upton, a writer and director, became artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Last year they brought a production of Streetcar Named Desire to the U.S. with Blanchett in an acclaimed performance as Blanche Dubois.
Now they’re back at Washington’s Kennedy Center with another classic: Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, with renowned Chekhov interpreter Tamas Ascher directing, and an all-star cast of Australian actors, including Richard Roxburgh.
Monday on the NewsHour, I talk with Blanchett and Roxburgh about their work in the theater and why they chose to do Uncle Vanya.
I also added a new promotional photoshoot of the cast and some behind the scenes footage!
Staged by the Hungarian director Tamas Ascher â€” and featuring a brilliant daredevil performance by Cate Blanchett as a chipped trophy wife â€” this â€śUncle Vanyaâ€ť gets under your skin like no other I have seen. For what is created here is an ever-pulsing portrait of just how impossible and essential it is to live in close quarters with those maddening creatures called human beings, especially those you regard (Heaven help you) as family.