Theater Review – Driving Miss Daisy – ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ With James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave – NYTimes.com
James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave are, by anyone’s reckoning, two of the last of these titans — stars of uncommon stature (in all senses) who, in combined years of experience, have known and commanded the stage for more than a century. Their fiery, shadow-casting presences have illuminated some of the most challenging roles in world theater. And I would see them in absolutely anything. Even “Driving Miss Daisy,” which opened on Monday night at the Golden Theater.
Ms. Redgrave plays the title character, a
- ‘Driving Miss Daisy’: Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones’ middling revival opens on Broadway (popwatch.ew.com)
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Within three decades of the death of Canaletto in 1768, the assiduous painter of Venetian cityscapes, Venice itself, that great maritime empire of yesteryear, was finally humbled and sacked by a tempestuous, megalomaniacal Corsican called Napoleon Bonaparte.
In 1797, the great bronze horses of San Marco, which had themselves been pillaged from Constantinople by the rampantVenetians during the Fourth Crusade, were dragged back to Paris (along with a great deal more cultural loot) to adorn the newly refurbished capital. The glory that had once been Venice had finally passed, like a breath on the wind. The sometime Queen of the Adriatic, now toothless, would henceforth live the afterlife of a brilliant, powerless spectacle. Robbed of political clout, it would decline into the sweetest place on earth for partying and romancing and dreaming. And, every second summer, for a good deal of art blether too.
- Troubled waters: Paintings show Venice in decline (independent.co.uk)
- How Canaletto and the Venetian artists light up the National Gallery (guardian.co.uk)
Once In a Lifetime River Tour Starts Here! Unfortunately, Everybody’s Dead : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
This is Cincinnati on Sunday, September 24th, 1848—162 years ago. The picture, a daguerreotype taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter (who were standing on the other side of the Ohio River), is so fantastically sharp you can-with your mouse – step right onto the streets, onto the riverboats, peek through windows, explore rooftops as if you had slipped into the 1840’s with a pass key.