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‘Seared’ playwright Rebeck turns up heat on workplace tension
‘Seared’ playwright Rebeck turns up heat on workplace tension At a recent rehearsal for “Seared,” which is set in the kitchen of a small but fancy restaurant, Brooklyn writer Theresa Rebeck asked actor Rod Gnapp to try something different with a line late in the first act. In “Seared,” a world premiere commission opening this week at San Francisco Playhouse, many lines dispense with punctuation altogether, the better to capture the relentlessly breakneck pace of high-end food preparation. “I started writing things, and the punctuation felt wrong,” Rebeck says during a break in rehearsals. Sometimes, like if you go ‘Oh really,’ and you put the comma and the question mark in, the actor will incorporate that into his or her instrument in some way, and sometimes you just don’t want them to do that. Having been the subject of a laudatory review, it finally has the potential to make a profit. [...] that’s only if its head chef, the obdurate Harry (Brian Dykstra, who knew Rebeck, 58, when they were both students at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and for whom this role was written), can stomach some changes to his routine and some challenges to his authority — not just from his partner Mike (Gnapp), but also from Emily (Alex Sunderhaus), an outside consultant. Rebeck conjures the worlds of work, of wheeling and dealing, in a way that makes her stories feel as though they have high stakes automatically (when of course that urgency is the product of great care and skill). “When I was quite young,” she says, “I was already interacting with corporate issues around storytelling,” asking herself questions like, Do you alter the story because somebody in power wants you to alter the story? What is more important, power or story — power structure or what your instrument is telling you is the authentic version of the story? In film, she just finished writing and directing “Trouble,” which stars Julia Stiles, Bill Pullman, Anjelica Huston and David Morse. While writing for TV, film and theater are very different tasks, Rebeck says — because of the editing room, the power of close-up and how writers must use language differently as a result — she also sees similarities in writing for television and theater in particular: “They really are powerful ways to tell stories about psychology and human interaction,” in contrast to the “giant, epic landscapes and explosions” that are possible in film and novels, which Rebeck also writes.
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Comedy Carnival

Saturday 24th September 2016

@ Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1d 7ep, United Kingdom.

Tickets: Seated Ticket: Gbp 16, Party Package: Gbp 22, Grace Party Package: Gbp 30, Pizza Express Party Package: Gbp 30.

Lost Celebrates its 12th Anniversary With a Powerful Concert

Lost fans were treated to a very special event this week at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, as composer Michael Giacchino conducted We Have to Go Back: The Lost Concert, where he and the same orchestra he worked with on that iconic series (and continues to work with on his film scores) performed music from the iconic TV show. There were performances on two back-to-back nights, with audience Q&As with Giacchino and Lost executive producer/co-showrunner Carlton Cuse beginning each show - with Josh Holloway (“Sawyer”) joining them for the first night (Co-creator Damon Lindelof was going to attend the second night, but was unable to when production delays left him stuck in Australia overseeing production on The Leftovers: Season 3 finale).

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Forza Horizon Reaching 'End of Life' Status Next Month

The original Forza Horizon for Xbox 360 will soon no longer be available for purchase, as Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games' 2012 racing game will reach "End of Life" status on October 20.

In a post on the official Forza Motorsport website, community manager Brian Ekberg announced that Forza Horizon and all of its related downloadable content will be unavailable for purchase from that date onward. However, anyone who buys the game before October 20 will still be able to download the title and all its DLC as they normally would.

Earlier this month, the original Forza Horizon was available as a free download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and is one of the many backwards compatible Xbox 360 games now playable on Xbox One.

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Minecraft's Boss Update Coming to Mobile, VR

Boss battles are coming to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and Minecraft: Gear VR Edition for the first time in an update scheduled for launch on October 18.

With the Boss Update comes a battle with the Wither, the Elder Guardian, and explorable Ocean Monuments. The addition of Add-Ons will also allow players to tweak the Minecraft experience by editing text files.

According to the Minecraft team, you can use Add-Ons to adjust AI or customize mobs and other elements. These custom-made Minecraft worlds can then be uploaded online for others to download and play.

Several examples will be available for a free download off Minecraft’s official website on October 18 when the update goes live, including the Alien Invasion and Castle Siege Add-Ons shown off at E3 2016.

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Civil War Suit Designer on Returning Spidey to His Roots

Marvel’s ability to use Spider-Man, a character held by Sony for years, in Captain America: Civil War and upcoming Marvel films was a huge coup.

Bringing the beloved character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back into the fold and seeing him on the big screen alongside the Avengers thrilled fans. Deciding which version of Spider-Man to do was part of costume designer Judianna Makovsky’s job for Civil War. During a Q&A on Friday promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film, Makovsky talked about the decision to use the classic version of the character, as well as creating the looks for Black Panther and putting Vision in a sweater.

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