Hanh Nguyen. Engler had directed several episodes of the original series, including the series finale Christmas special that ended on an optimistic note for most of the characters. At the time, fans were satisfied that the former footman had finally achieved his highest attainable rank as a servant at Downton: butler.
The Oakland teen who set a gender non-conforming high school student's skirt on fire on an AC Bus last year pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of felony assault and inflicting great bodily injury, and agreed to serve seven years in prison. Richard Thomas, now 17, will be sentenced on Nov. The hate crime and aggravated mayhem charges, which carried a sentence of up to life in prison, were dropped.
By Todd Venezia. One posed for Playboy, one battles a deadly disease, another drifts between dead-end jobs and another is a successful businessman. This was a show about a poor, rural, large family growing up in the Depression.
I'm not a theater buff, I only went because I got invited and the names of the actors said nothing to me. I only recognized Craig Bierko and Harriet Harris as the show started. These guys were great - they have a lot of presence on stage.
The role most closely associated with actor Richard Thomas is quite likely the classic character of "John-Boy" Walton. The year-old Thomas became a household word some 30 years ago, when his sensitive, Emmy-award-winning portrayal of the eldest son of a rural Virginia mountain family struggling through the Great Depression catapulted his career and TV's The Waltons to worldwide acclaim. Those who have followed Thomas' work since his departure from the series realize that the Manhattan-born actor's dramatic range is enviably broad.
Photo by Julieta Cervantes; courtesy Kennedy Center. The something out playwright has explained more than once that his characters can exist onstage without the formerly requisite coming-out scenes because of the work of gay playwrights like Larry Kramer and Tony Kushner who came before him. Karam weds absolute realism with theatrical wiles in this wonderful minute play that unfolds in real time.
As John Boy said as he returned to Walton's Mountain in the last episode of the folksy American soap all those years ago: 'The mystical blue ridges that stretch beyond it into infinity; the sound of voices drifting out upon the night air; a family waiting, and a light in the window. Good night! In reality, of course, it was all quite different.
Standing on Ceremony will feature a rotating cast of actors from theatre, film and television. Conceived by Brian Shnipper, Standing On Ceremony began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of their own as an inspiring theatrical evening. The show's producers, Joan Stein and Richard Frankel, recently announced that the production will partner with Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Standing On Ceremony will donate a portion of all ticket sales to Freedom to Marry and other organizations promoting marriage equality.
IF there were any doubts about the merits of Lanford Wilson's ''Fifth of July,'' they can at last be put to rest. Thanks to a major casting change, which was officially unveiled to the press this week, the full beauty of this comedy has finally been uncorked. And how much beauty there is!