Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Congrats to our 2015 IRNE Award Winners!

Last night the Boston theatre community celebrated the 2015 IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Awards at the Cyclorama in the South End.

Henry Lussier, Director of Marketing, checking out the program

It was a pleasure to be surrounded by so many of the talented actors, artists and administrators who create a season full of diverse and engaging theatre.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Maritza Bostic and
Spiro Veloudos, Producing Artistic Director.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston was honored to take home 7 awards, including:

Best Lighting Design 
Franklin Meissner, Jr. SWEENEY TODD (Lyric Stage Co. of Boston)

Best Ensemble 
MIDSIZE Winner:INTO THE WOODS (Lyric Stage Company)

Best Supporting Actress MIDSIZE (Drama) 
Paula Plum DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Lyric Stage Company)

Best Supporting Actor MIDSIZE (Drama) 
Kelby T. Aken DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Lyric Stage Company)

Best Director of a Musical
Spiro Veloudos INTO THE WOODS (Lyric Stage)

Best Musical 
INTO THE WOODS (Lyric Stage)


Congratulations to all of the productions nominated for outstanding and creative work. We look forward to another great season of theatre in Boston!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Top Femme Fatales by Decade

By Eliza Sanchez, Marketing Assistant

City of Angels (playing now through May 2nd, Get Tickets) is a jazzy, brassy musical comedy spoof of Film Noir and 1940's Hollywood. A favorite staple of the Film Noir genre is the Femme Fatale. You'll find this classic character in City of Angels as Alaura Kingsley, played by Samatha Richert*. Besides the devious Alaura, check out our countdown of Top Femme Fatales by decade!

femme fa·tale
noun, plural femmes fa·tales
[fem fuh-talz, -tahlz, fey-; French fam fa-tal]
  1. an irresistibly attractive woman, especially one who leads men into difficult, dangerous, or disastrous situations; siren.

1940s: Kitty Collins, The Killers (1946) played by Ava Gardner
Our first femme fatale is Kitty Collins of the 1946 noir film The Killers, who slips into the hearts of more than one man of crime, and shows us what it really means to “double cross” someone.

1950s: Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton, Vertigo (1958) played by Kim Novak
In Vertigo we watch Kim Novak give a stunning performance as Madeleine Elster and Judy Barton, who lead an already disturbed man into spiraling mental deterioration.

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1960s: Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate (1967) played by Anne Bancroft
And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. She might not have killed anyone, but her seduction of 21 year old college grad Benjamin Braddock was killer enough to get her on this list. 

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1970s: Evelyn Mulwray, Chinatown (1974) played by Faye Dunaway
In 1974's Chinatown, Evelyn Mulwray leads private detective Jake Gittes as he investigates a water conspiracy, and proves herself to be a femme fatale with a dark past and a gloomy fate.

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1980s: Veronica Sawyer, Heathers (1988) played by Winona Ryder
The 1980s were home to a slew of adolescent blockbusters, and 1988’s Heathers gave us teenage femme fatale Veronica Sawyer who, along with boyfriend J.D., begins a suicide craze at their preppy high school.
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1990s: Catwoman, Batman Returns (1992) played by Michelle Pfeiffer
Batman Returns introduced us to Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle. The feline vigilante seeks revenge on her villainous employer, and finds herself involved with Batman along the way. 


2000s: Jane Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) played by Angelina Jolie
Jane Smith is one of the world’s best assassins in 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Jolie kicks butt alongside Brad Pitt as she carries out a hit...against her husband.

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2010s: Amy Dunne, Gone Girl (2014) played Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike stunned as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, riveting audiences with her portrayal of a terrified, broken down wife. Or was she?

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