Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Step Out for First Solo Outing at Wimbledon

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After debuting last season with a shoe range for Cesare Paciotti and earlier this year with a collaboration with Dodo Bar Or, Ada Kokosar presented the first solo footwear collection of Midnight 00 by Ada Kokosar at the Meurice during Couture Week. The fashion consultant took over the hotel’s Belle Etoile suite overlooking the Tuileries garden, filling it with plants until the luxury accommodation looked like it had been overrun by nature during Sleeping Beauty’s century-long nap.
What is unique about these slippers is the high-gloss finish brought by the PVC that Kokosar drapes on each draped-and-embellished design. “As a reference, I wanted to take the most iconic and utopian shoe of all times, Cinderella’s glass slipper,” she said, showing off a glossy mule with flourishes of soft fabric peeking at the edges and decorated with a bejeweled crescent moon — the brand’s emblem. Heels and flats came in soft yet saturated shades of lilac, peach or pink fabric — silk satin, duchesse or super-soft cotton. Most striking of all was the transparent ruffle that encases shoe and ankle in a shell-like cocoon. Cherry on this highly iced cake? “The PVC makes the shoe last for a very long time: it

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G-Eazy Steps Out Solo at Paris Fashion Week Event After Halsey Split

G-Eazy, Vogue Foundation DinnerG-Eazy stepped out in style the day Halsey announced they are “taking some time apart.”
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‘Solo’ Sputters at Box Office, Raising Worries of ‘Star Wars’ Fatigue

Ticket sales for “Solo” were big, but by “Star Wars” standards they fell far short. Multiplex gridlock and disgruntled fans were among possible explanations.
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SPOILER ALERT: The following review contains mild spoilers for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The most important thing to note about “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is that, in spite of its widely-publicized behind-the-scenes turmoil, culminating with the replacement of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard several months into shooting, the film […]

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Han Solo film ‘in final stages’ of post-production

Post-production of the standalone film about Han Solo is in the “final stages”, according to its director Ron Howard.
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German Museum Details Jil Sander Solo Exhibition

Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst – which is to host a sprawling exhibition dedicated to celebrated designer Jil Sander – said it would span not only her esthetic in fashion, but also her architectural preferences and passion for gardens.

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While curated by museum director Matthias Wagner K, Sander herself collaborated closely on the solo show, which will spread over 3,000 square meters. It draws heavily on her archive and delves into her quest for modernity and quality in design.

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“My aesthetic ideas develop out of what I have appreciated and learned in my life and what I sense of the zeitgeist,” the German designer said.
The show is slated to open to the public on Nov. 4 and run through May 6, 2018.
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Ron Howard has been announced as the replacement director to take over Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars spin-off Han Solo.
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Lando Calrissian is a complicated figure in the upcoming Han Solo spinoff movie, according to Donald Glover.

While speaking to Deadline about what’s been like portraying Lando, Glover said this younger version of the character is very complex. Even though Lando “has a lot of style” in the spinoff, you never know what his true agenda is.

“I think even Han isn’t as complicated as Lando is,” said Glover. “From the first time you meet him, you don’t know whether to trust him or not, and you’re constantly not knowing whether to trust him.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Glover said he’s learned quite a lot about Lando while playing him and that, since Lando is a lot of fans’ favorite character, Glover has been both excited and nervous taking over the role from Billy Dee Williams. Earlier this year, Williams shared his thoughts on meeting Glover, saying he “really got the sense of him

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The Maverick’s Guide to Doing Vegas Solo

Once the western capital of vice and organized crime, Las Vegas transitioned in the early-aughts into a family-friendly entertainment destination. More recently, the city evolved into a leader in everything from culture to cuisine. While bachelor party debauchery and romantic getaways remain a Vegas mainstay, elevated offerings mean the city has plenty to offer the solo traveler, too. So go on and extend that business trip a few days and see what Sin City has to offer.

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Keane Singer Tom Chaplin Makes Triumphant Solo Debut in America

Releasing an album no longer guarantees success in an industry where platinum-selling singers face the same pressures as fledgling artists. Yet, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin proved that talent and heart still matter as much as the numbers do when he kicked off a 15-date North American tour in Atlanta this weekend to celebrate his solo debut, The Wave. In a triumphant return to the U.S. after more than four years away, Chaplin raised the roof with a dozen new songs that showcased his stellar vocal abilities – and also shared stories about his recovery from drug addiction.

Chaplin’s 90-minute set at the Buckhead Theatre included favorites “Everybody’s Changing” and “Bend and Break” from Keane’s 2004 debut, Hopes and Fears, as well as the current single, “Still Waiting.” The Wave’s “Hardened Heart” and “Bring the Rain” (co-written by Chaplin and Max McElligott ) recalled the joyous rave-ups for which Keane is best known, while “The River” (penned with Aqualung) suggested a clearer pop direction. Chaplin’s backing band did not pretend to be a replacement for Keane, but instead found its own earthier path as drummer Sebastian Sternberg and multi-instrumentalists Tobie Tripp, Beau Holland, and Rose Langley brought verve to the arrangements with strings and harmonies.

The intimate audience of 400 fans never relented in its cheering, except to make room for two quiet confession: “Solid Gold,” in which Chaplin dedicated to his ‘long suffering’ wife for sticking with him during years of substance abuse relapse, and “Worthless Words,” with a delicate falsetto bridge and apologetic refrain. Deep into the set, when he sang “Quicksand” in honor of his toddler daughter, Chaplin bounced with nervous excitement as he promised to pick her up when dreams ‘fall through, screw you, and batter you to black and blue.’ In that moment, it was impossible not to root for a permanently happy ending to the singer’s much-publicized struggles.

In our pre-show interview at a nearby café, Chaplin says making The Wave was less about running away from his former bandmates (including formidable tunesmith Tim Rice-Oxley) and more about having the space to dig into something heavier: the reasons why he kept putting his body on the line for the false elation of a chemical high.

“Being a drug addict is horrible and exhausting,” he says. “It can lead you to death, but it forced me into a corner. All my energy towards this album started at my lowest point. I wanted to get it all down [on record] and [by the middle of 2015], I was on a roll.”

Chaplin says The Wave‘s themes drew upon his psychoanalysis sessions and conversations with his wife over the past few years. The raw demo vocal on “Bound Together” feels like a 21st century take on The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood;” the satisfying mantra of “Cheating Death” promises ‘just keep believing/you’ve got the strength to go on;’ and “Hardened Heart” moves from desperation into self-forgiveness as Chaplin sings of being ‘stuck on a road of sadness with nowhere to go’ but keeps insisting, ‘it’s a beautiful life.’

“Those words come from a very dark place, knowing you’ve hurt everyone that’s close to you,” he says. “A lot of people have commented online about the song and said that it could have been written about their depression. For me, the depression was self-induced.”

Chaplin is not alone in his use of music as a mechanism for recovery; artists in many genres have made albums about their journeys to sobriety – from Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt to Keith Urban and Eminem, some of whom went on to have the biggest hits of their careers after getting clean. Like others who have pursued projects outside of the bands that made them famous, Chaplin says the “door is open” for future possibilities with or without Keane. During our interview, he mentions how much fun he’s had playing around with covers of Sia and Bruno Mars songs and writing unexpectedly sturdy ballads with songwriters who’ve made hits for pop stars like Cher and Enrique Iglesias. Although The Wave is rooted in the same pop-rock style that helped “Somewhere Only We Know” break through on mainstream radio when Keane embarked on its first U.S. tour more than a decade ago, Chaplin is firmly on a path to a solo career, if he chooses to stay the course.

“It was easy for me to slip into the life of the charming, jocular guy in Keane, but I wasn’t facing my truth,” he says. “The only way I could get well was to talk, and to be open and vulnerable for the for first time in my life. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. I could actually breathe again.”

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Singer Robbie Williams has said he is “chuffed” after his latest number one album made him the most successful British solo act in official chart history.
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Hail, Caesar! and Blue Jasmine actor, Alden Ehrenreich has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars prequel about the roguish smuggler’s early days.

As reported by Deadline, the news seemingly comes from inside sources after impressive screen tests that edged him ahead of fellow actors Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor.

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Elizabeth Livingston’s Paintings Come Out of Darkness With Solo Show ‘Night Fell’ in LES

Every summer, on a town in the very northwestern corner of Connecticut — a community of roughly 1,700 people, a farmer’s market and some acclaimed Berkshire hiking trails — a rough-hewn group of artists descend.

During the six-week course, instructors of Yale’s Art and Music School in Norfolk polish their charges into refined visionaries — the next Chuck Close or Kehinde Wiley. In 1998, Elizabeth Livingston, at the time a Yale undergraduate, arrived ready for the rigor — and found herself working at night, under a pale streetlamp, painting the dark, isolated clapboard houses surrounding the town.

“I would look at the houses in the dark and wonder how can something be so beautiful and precious and detached and terrifying at the same time, and moreover, how would I reconcile these aspects in my painting?” Livingston said recently in her DUMBO studio. “A professor who, at first, called my work garbage came around and said ‘I think you’re on to something, here’.”

For the next 15 years, Livingston worked at resolving the contrasts in her photorealistic paintings — mostly portraits of her friends, sister and self in detached or solitary moments — and showed at galleries all over New England. This month, however, she exhibits the isolation and solitude — the anxiety and the allure — of modern life’s continuum at the Lodge Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Entitled Night Fell, after one of her pieces, it is the artist’s first solo New York show.

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“Liz takes great pleasure in peeling back veneers of suburban order to capture intimate moments,” said Jason Patrick Voegele, one of the founders of the Lodge Gallery and the instigator of the show. “Her most recent body of work evokes all the same cinematic emphasis on visual scrutiny and moments of false security — much like a Hitchcock or Vermeer.”

“There is a shared suspense in these voyeuristic moments, a sense of the quiet before the storm or the last rays of light before night arrives.”

As one of her influences, Edward Hopper, Livingston has been called a realist, but her works manifest the ways in which memory infuses her surroundings: mostly the material memorial of suburban Connecticut, just outside New York City. Hopper told the Smithsonian Institution in 1959 that his “aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impressions of nature.” So is Livingston’s.

Raised “solidly middle class” in New Canaan, Connecticut — a city with one of the highest GDPs in the country — Livingston witnessed the “whole Stepford Wives thing” or “how something could appear so charming and so perfect, yet underneath have such a darkness and a vulnerability.” Livingston deeply felt the loneliness, guardedness and illusion of community in her youth and at Yale began to paint figures that expressed it.

Of two key pieces at the Lodge Gallery, Wedding Day, in which she is portrayed sleeping nestled under plush bedding, and Before I Could Answer, a six-foot by seven-foot self-portrait of herself in a turquoise pool, Livingston said “we are most exposed when we feel the most protected.” She has placed her viewers as voyeurs: in one instance watching the intimate ambiguity before a life milestone and in the other, a contemplative moment preceding another significant decision.

Livingston, who is generally introspective and reserved, said only of the latter: “It represents being out on a limb.

“Pools are so brilliantly lit at night that everything around them disappears into black. It lends to that precarious feeling.”

That general reluctance toward averment has, perhaps, kept Livingston away from the necessary self-promotion required for the coveted New York scene since she earned an MFA in painting at Boston University. But her pursuit of a regular life outside painting – one that many artists eschew — had also previously kept her from straying too far from the galleries in Boston and New Haven and producing another significant body of work.

Not long after settling in Brooklyn and giving birth to her son, however, Livingston felt a twinge in her right hand that required a stroke of a paintbrush. Although she made two self-portraits during her pregnancy — Waiting, which shows a pregnant Livingston turning out a lamp, and the discordant Hurricane, a meditation on Hurricane Sandy — she temporarily abandoned the figure painting for her reclusive houses.

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After meeting Voegele at several art fairs and turning down his requests for work, Livingston presented him with these portraits and Night Fell, a painting of a quaint two floor, porch-lit Connecticut home that is both stable and vulnerable, and surrounded by the lush detail of the encroaching rural landscape.

“I had started seeing the house as a vessel for the family, rather than an isolated figure. But I always seem to go to the opposite side of the ways in which most people think — how nothing treasured is going to last forever,” Livingston said. “”A small country home at dusk with the porch light on reads both as a safe house and as defenseless outpost against the dark woods surrounding it.”

That Livingston paints the ambiguity about life most people generally gloss over or cast aside could possibly constitute her appeal in a world that grows more and more uncertain. Or as Voegele suggests, “Her scene juxtapositions are rendered impeccably, and our patrons really relate to her experience.”

Either way, whether building or person, country or city, Livingston doesn’t envision ever letting go of the artist’s sensibility instilled in her. “I somehow always return to this exploration of the idea that the more ‘safe’ and protected our lives, the more vulnerable we actually are.”

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Young Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff To Be Helmed By ‘Lego Movie’ Directors

“Star Wars” and Legos were practically made for each other, as the “Force Awakens” Lego remake trailer proved. And now, the duo behind “The Lego Movie” are headed to a galaxy far, far away.

On Tuesday, StarWars.com announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team best known for the Oscar-nominated animated film, will direct a ”Star Wars” anthology film. The directors, who were also behind “21 Jump Street, “22 Jump Street” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” will direct a stand-alone film based on a young Han Solo. The spinoff, written by Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Force Awakens”) and Jon Kasdan (“The First Time”), will reveal how Han Solo became the “smuggler, thief, and scoundrel” we first met at the Mos Eisley Cantina.

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” Lord and Miller said in StarWars.com’s press release. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.” Well said.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a Han Solo origin film, which was first rumored two years ago, was reportedly going to be one of the first films in the “Star Wars” anthology series. However, “Rogue One” from director Gareth Edwards, was pushed up as the first spinoff so as not to confuse fans after Harrison Ford’s appearance in “The Force Awakens.” 

Before the young Han Solo spinoff hits theaters on May 25, 2018, there’s lots of “Star Wars” to look forward to. J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” will open Dec. 18, followed by “Rogue One” on Dec. 16, 2016. There’s also the second “Star Wars” stand-alone film, which director Josh Trank left in May, as well as a separate rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off

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Young Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff To Be Helmed By ‘Lego Movie’ Directors

“Star Wars” and Legos were practically made for each other, as the “Force Awakens” Lego remake trailer proved. And now, the duo behind “The Lego Movie” are headed to a galaxy far, far away.

On Tuesday, StarWars.com announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team best known for the Oscar-nominated animated film, will direct a “Star Wars” anthology film. The directors, who were also behind “21 Jump Street, “22 Jump Street” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” will direct a stand-alone film based on a young Han Solo. The spinoff, written by Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Force Awakens”) and Jon Kasdan (“The First Time”), will reveal how Han Solo became the “smuggler, thief, and scoundrel” we first met at the Mos Eisley Cantina.

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” Lord and Miller said in StarWars.com’s press release. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.” Well said.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a Han Solo origin film, which was first rumored two years ago, was reportedly going to be one of the first films in the “Star Wars” anthology series. However, “Rogue One” from director Gareth Edwards, was pushed up as the first spinoff so as not to confuse fans after Harrison Ford’s appearance in “The Force Awakens.” 

Before the young Han Solo spinoff hits theaters on May 25, 2018, there’s lots of “Star Wars” to look forward to. J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” will open Dec. 18, followed by “Rogue One” on Dec. 16, 2016. There’s also the second “Star Wars” stand-alone film, which director Josh Trank left in May, as well as a separate rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off

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Take a good look at Carol Burnett’s expression in this photo. Would you think, for even a minute, that the character she was playing was severely depressed? Of course not! Anyone can tell that she’s spoofing Shirley Temple.

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That picture is from 1964’s Fade-Out, Fade-In, a box office failure as a result of the back injury Burnett suffered during the show’s run. In the above scene, she teamed up with Tiger Haynes as two out-of-work Hollywood actors struggling to make some money by handing out leaflets. Haynes was imitating Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Burnett was mimicking one of America’s most beloved child actors. You can hear them on the original cast recording singing “You Mustn’t Be Discouraged.”

No one is immune to depression. How severely depression can pull the rug out from beneath someone’s feet depends, to a large degree, on their emotional and psychological strength. Just listen to Ethel Merman singing “Down in the Depths on the Ninetieth Floor” from Cole Porter’s 1936 hit musical, Red, Hot and Blue.

How well a person manages to cope with depression may also be a function of their personal philosophy. One of the best credos for survival can be found in the Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields song entitled “Pick Yourself Up” that was introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in 1936’s Swing Time.

Two recent stage productions introduced Bay area audiences to protagonists whose spiritual core was taken away from them by circumstances they could never have anticipated (much less mitigated). Whether it be spiritual, emotional or professional, once people have been stripped of the core motivation that has propelled them through most of their adult lives, what chance do they have of a full recovery?

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Fans of bel canto opera are accustomed to sopranos delivering intensely dramatic (and often heavily ornamented) mad scenes in which a betrayed (and often betrothed) virgin loses her wits and bites the dust. Occasionally they may be treated to longer and more sober operas written for a solo soprano, such as Arnold Schoenberg’s 30-minute Erwartung or Francis Poulenc’s 40-minute La Voix Humaine.

Without a full orchestra, however, spoken monologues place exceptional demands of stamina, memorization, pacing and nuance on an actor. When performed within the safety of a proscenium arch, the actor can concentrate his efforts in one direction. However, when performed in a three-quarter-round style of seating, a constant sense of motion and multidirectionality is required to establish and maintain communication with the audience.

Adapted by Gary Graves from a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper is recently received its world premiere production from CentralWorks. In his program note, Graves (who states that, in the process of crafting his adaptation, he hardly changed a word of Gilman’s writing) explains that:

At the age of 21, Charlotte Perkins Gilman married. A child soon followed and the young mother suffered a bout of what was then called ‘neurasthenia, nervousness, or hysteria’ (today, we would call it ‘postpartum psychosis’).

A renowned physician of the day, Dr. Weir Mitchell treated Charlotte and prescribed for her a regimen he termed as ‘the rest cure.’ Mitchell instructed the patient to ‘Live as domestic a life as possible.

Have your child with you all the time…Lie down an hour after each meal. Have but two hours’ intellectual life a day. And never touch pen, brush, or pencil as long as you live.’ She was forbidden to write.

Eight years later, in 1892, Charlotte published The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story of some 6,000 words, a cautionary tale about the risks of Dr. Mitchell’s ‘cure.’ The work was destined to become a landmark in American feminist literature, as well as a terrifying psychological drama in the vein of Gothic horror.

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Elena Wright stars in The Yellow Wallpaper
(Photo by: Jim Norrena)

Directed by Jan Zvaifler, The Yellow Wallpaper stars Elena Wright as Jane, a woman whose physician husband (John) has prescribed an extended “rest cure” in a dilapidated old mansion. Left to her own devices, Jane eventually stops writing in her journal, starts hallucinating, and descends into madness as the room’s yellow wallpaper continues to haunt her.

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Elena Wright in The Yellow Wallpaper (Photo by: Jim Norrena)

The Yellow Wallpaper marks the 47th play to receive its world premiere from CentralWorks. As is so often the case, the production is beautifully framed with meticulous care by Gregory Scharpen’s superb sound design. Working with violinist Cybèle D’Ambrosio (who composed and performed music appropriate to Jane’s mental deterioration during the performance), Scharpen managed to create subtle annoyances (the sound of a baby crying in another room) as well as constant reminders of the sounds a mentally unstable person might be hearing in her head. The results were forcefully dramatic and occasionally quite creepy.

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Elena Wright and Cybèle D’Ambrosio in
The Yellow Wallpaper (Photo by: Jim Norrena)

Wright’s carefully paced, beautifully layered and deeply compelling performance started as a model of innocence before accelerating into a dramatic tour de force which showed a desperately lonely woman trapped by fear and isolated against her will by the common wisdom that “father knows best.” An added treat was the chance to be so close to the beautiful period costumes that Tammy Berlin designed for the two women.

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Elena Wright in the final moments of
The Yellow Wallpaper (Photo by: Jim Norrena)

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In the process of converting a stage play to a screenplay, some changes can vastly improve the process of storytelling. Consider the case of 1999’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which was written by Jeffrey Hatcher (who subsequently wrote the screenplay for its 2004 film adaptation, Stage Beauty, starring Billy Crudup and Claire Danes).

Hatcher’s play was inspired by the story of Edward Kynaston, a 17th-century English actor whose strong suit was performing in drag (most notably as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello). Kynaston rose to fame during a period when the Puritans, led by Oliver Cromwell, had made sure that women were not allowed to act on an English stage. In his director’s note, Ed Decker writes:

I’ve wanted to produce and direct Jeffrey Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty for years. It is a wonderful play within a play about the theatre, featuring characters based upon many real people who lived in Restoration England circa 1660.

We join the action just after the strict Puritan rule of Oliver Cromwell, at a time when the people of Britain were more than happy to embrace the reign of King Charles II and his love of pleasurable things.

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Stephen McFarland stars as actor Edward Kynaston in
Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Photo by: Lois Tema)

In planning for our production of the play, we chose an unembellished scenic design in order to create an acting space that keeps the focus on the characters, their relationships, and the fluid ageless situations they are navigating.

We also wanted to reflect that, with the sudden re-opening of theatres at the onset of the Restoration, there was quite a scramble to get performance spaces up and running. Resources were scant. Mechanized stagecraft and advanced scenic painting techniques that would later be imported from France and Italy were not yet available or affordable.

Theatre companies had to rely widely on their imagination and that of the audience’s in the rebirth of the art form in England. To that end, choosing just the right costume, prop, or sound effect was crucial in persuading the audience to suspend their disbelief.

These elements had to likely do double, triple, or quadruple duty on stage as part of the company’s repertory of plays.”

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Edward Kynaston (Stephen McFarland) is helped
by his dresser, Maria (Sam Jackson) in
Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Photo by: Lois Tema)

In addition to being able to open up his story to include period splendor, realistic settings, lavish lighting, and powerful close-ups for the 2004 film, Hatcher combined the characters of Kynaston’s dresser, Maria, with Margaret Hughes from his original stage play — a move that helped to tighten the screenplay, strengthen dramatic motivations, and bring a new economy to a crucial part of his story.

On the surface, Compleat Female Stage Beauty would seem like a perfect fit for NCTC’s audience.

  • Its main character is a talented drag personality who is also involved in a long-term relationship with a noble (George Villiers, the Second Duke of Birmingham).
  • The play includes a scene in which Kynaston is eager to experience the psychological differences in experiencing male and female sexuality depending on gender roles, gender identity, and sexual positions.
  • After losing his professional career to a “real woman,” Kynaston finds himself without his romantic partner, his highly marketable skills, as well as the fame and loyal audience he had grown to cherish.
  • When forced to coach his rival (the so-called Margaret Hughes) in how to perform Desdemona’s death scene for a command performance before King Charles II, he is essentially being forced to train his replacement at no charge.
  • When the King’s mistress, Nell Gwynne, shows Kynaston the trick that will allow him to return to the stage, an effeminate gay man (whose sexual identity was heavily invested in being a bottom) finds renewed success after being forced to “butch it up.”

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Edward Kynaston (Stephen McFarland) meets his rival, Margaret
Hughes (Elissa Beth Stebbins) in Compleat Female Stage Beauty
(Photo by: Lois Tema)

Unfortunately, the New Conservatory Theatre Center’s opening night performance of Hatcher’s play lacked a great deal of electricity until late in Act II, when Kynaston coaches his dresser, Maria (who has stepped into the role of Desdemona), and then performs the final scene of Othello before King Charles II. Up until that point, much of the evening had seemed quite labored. Some of the causative factors might have included the following:

  • Although Charles II was known as “The Merrie Monarch” (not to be confused with Hawaii’s King Kalakaua), Decker chose to portray him as a rather silly twit, which seemed a bit unnecessary.
  • While I understand Decker’s desire for a stripped down playing space, it made Giulio Cesare Perrone’s unit set look like a cheap high school production.
  • Although several of the actors in supporting roles did creditable work — most notably Ali Haas as Nell Gwynne; Sam Jackson as Maria, Justin Liszanckie as Kynaston’s lover, and Patrick Ross as the journalist, Samuel Pepys — there was never any doubt that Stephen McFarland was a much stronger performer than anyone else in the cast. Some of the other actors almost seemed amateurish by comparison.

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Maria (Sam Jackson) tends to the degraded and humiliated
Kynaston (Stephen McFarland) in a scene from
Compleat Female State Beauty (Photo by: Lois Tema)

Others in the cast included Colleen Egan as Lady Meresvale, Chris Morrell as Ms. Fayne, and Elissa Beth Stebbins as Margaret Hughes. Jeffrey Hoffman did double duty as the lisping Sedley and Ms. Revels while Matt Weimer took turns appearing as King Charles II and Betterton (the actor/theatre manager who is Kynaston’s boss).

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Colleen Egan (Lady Meresvale), Chris Morrell (Ms. Fayne),
and Elissa Beth Stebbins (Margaret Hughes) in a scene from
Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Photo by: Lois Tema)

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Annaleigh Ashford is honored when friends and fans sum up her new cabaret act, “Lost in the Stars,” as “gay magic.”

“There are certain performers that the gay community receives and recognizes with love, and my whole life, I’ve always responded to those same artists,” the 29-year-old singer-actress told The Huffington Post in an interview. She pointed out that the first venue she ever performed in was Denver’s Theatre on Broadway, which was known for its queer-inclusive shows: “I’ve always felt very attuned to, and at home in, the gay community.”

There’s a sassy sensibility in the retro glamour of “Lost in the Stars,” which Ashford is taking on the road with her band, The Whiskey 5, after a string of acclaimed performances at New York’s 54 Below. The star, best known for her Tony-nominated stint in Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” and her portrayal of lesbian prostitute Betty on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” is promising audiences in Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Las Vegas plenty of sequins, sky-high wigs and classic disco.

Of course, Ashford doesn’t limit her material to the late ’70s or, more specifically, the confines of Studio 54. She and musical director Will Van Dyke have crafted an eclectic set including songs by Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper and Alanis Morrisette that they hope will have universal appeal. One highlight is a medley that offers vestiges of Ashford’s musical theater roles, including “Hair,” “Rent,” “Wicked,” “Legally Blonde” and, of course, “Kinky Boots.”

Annaleigh Ashford poses backstage at New York’s 54 Below.

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Although her career has taken her down a more thespian path, Ashford sees “Lost in the Stars” as fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a bonafide cabaret star on the road. Each city on the tour, she says, has special resonance. She was born in Denver, while her husband, actor Joe Tapper, hails from outside Chicago. Meanwhile, she played San Francisco as part of the out-of-town tryout for “Legally Blonde,” and participated in dance competitions in Las Vegas each as an adolescent.

“I grew up listening to cabaret. At 7 and 8 years old, I was already singing like a club performer,” Ashford, who cites “Patti LuPone at Les Mouches” and Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway’s “Sibling Rivalry” as influences, explained. “One of our goals is to bring this art form to a younger audience. I think our generation isn’t as versed on cabaret [as previous generations were], so I think it’s important to expose younger audiences to the art form.”

She and Van Dyke said they aim to keep the show as organic as possible by refreshing or swapping out musical numbers in each new city and “playing a bit off the cuff” throughout.

“She just flies off the handle sometimes, and it’s amazing,” Van Dyke said. “It’s just so fun to be on that ride.”

Ashford would ultimately like to expand the show into a full-scale production of “song, dance and epic storytelling” in the vein of Liza Minnelli’s famed “Liza with a ‘Z’” act. In the meantime, she and Van Dyke plan to produce an album that compiles the best of their live performances on the tour, which they’d like to release this fall.

She also hopes that “Lost in the Stars” will be the first of many cabaret acts, noting that she’s currently listening to a lot of New Orleans jazz, Janet Jackson and ’80s era Bonnie Raitt.

“My ambition for the piece is that you walk out the door with your heart having been touched by at least one song,” she said. “I think that intention has carried us through.”

Annaleigh Ashford and The Whiskey 5 will perform “Lost in the Stars” at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse on March 21. She plays the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on April 11-12, San Francisco’s Venetian Room April 19 and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas on June 27-28.

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