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Saturday, December 14, 2013

The plays of winter

The Lion in Winter is a 1966 play by James Goldman, depicting the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and their guests during Christmas, 1183. It premiered on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on 3 March 1966, starring Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Eleanor. It was adapted by Goldman into an Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The play has been produced numerous times, including Broadway and West End revivals.
Seven marines preparing for a mission in Vietnam debate the causes and justifications of the war.

Canadian children's entertainers Sharon, Lois & Bram and their friend Elephant go to the North Pole to show a depressed Santa Claus the true meaning of Christmas, while performing new and classic holiday songs.

This musical revue features songs and stories relating both to the Bible and to Israel's formation into a nation.

The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Although it was grouped among the comedies, some modern editors have relabelled the play as one of Shakespeare's late romances. Some critics consider it to be one of Shakespeare's "problem plays", because the first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and supply a happy ending.

The survivors of the Donner Party, a group of pioneers who traveled across America and were trapped in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1847, are the subjects of Abe Polsky's play.

With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt.

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