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  1. Review: Joely Richardson breathes new life into Emily Dickinson in revival of 'Belle of Amherst'

    The revival opened Sunday night at off-Broadway&aposs Westside Theatre. NEW YORK (AP) – Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson's homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and her letters into an entrancing one-woman show, "The Belle of Amherst," that he wrote for the gifted and versatile Julie Harris in 1976. Joely Richardson breathes new life into Dickinson with an impish, high-spirited enactment in the engaging revival that opened Sunday night at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre . Playing a 53-year-old Dickinson with aplomb, Richardson chats to the audience as if she were confiding in a guest for tea at the family home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Taking much artistic license, Luce combined portions of Dickinson's poetry with retellings of significant moments in her life. Rather than portray all the other characters, Richardson enacts only Dickinson's side of her conversations with family members, good friends and the occasional visitor. The 100-minute play is filled with almost nonstop complex, lyrical dialogue and poetry. Dickinson's love of words and her bemused observations shine throughout the dialogue. "I look at words as if they were entities, sacred beings. There are words to which I lift my hat when I see them sitting on a page," she informs a visitor early in the play, and thereafter several times repeats merrily, "Now there's a word to lift your hat to." Richardson, best known for television work including "Nip/Tuck," begins as a mischievous Emily under the direction of Steve Cosson, artistic director of The Civilians and recent director of "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play." The first act is a little tame, though always entertaining, with Dickinson strongwilled yet frequently girlish. The melodrama heats up in the second act, when an important visitor greatly disappoints and a beloved relative dies, and Richardson shows increasing depth and maturity to her characterization. Richardson is frequently in motion, darting busily around the stage; though she's always alone, we FULL ARTICLE AT MassLive.com

  2. 'The Belle of Amherst': Theater Review

    Joely Richardson ("Nip/Tuck") stars as poet Emily Dickinson in this one-person play made famous by Julie Harrisread more FULL ARTICLE AT Hollywood Reporter

  1. William Luce dramatized Dickinson's homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and her letters into an entrancing one-woman show, "The Belle of Amherst," that he wrote for ... FULL ARTICLE AT San Antonio Express-News

  2. Visiting Children"S Museums In Connecticut Tween boys who like to bowl can have their birthday events at Bogey Lanes. Bogey Lanes has birthday celebration deals which include the bases ... FULL ARTICLE AT Travellerspoint

  3. Obituaries: Prolific Rodgers and Hammerstein Standby Iva Withers Dies at 97

    Withers spent her Broadway career understudying stars including Carol Channing, Julie Harris, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. FULL ARTICLE AT TheaterMania.com

  1. Iva Withers, a Standby to the Rescue on Broadway, Dies at 97

    Ms. Withers made a career as a backup for actresses like Julie Harris and Carol Channing. FULL ARTICLE AT Opinion

  2. List of must-see films coming to the 50th Chicago International Film Festival

    The 50th Chicago International Film Festival opens this Thursday, October 9th with the Opening Night Gala for Liv Ullmann's "Miss Julie" at The Harris Theater . After Thursday, over 300 ... FULL ARTICLE AT Topix

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Julia Ann "Julie" Harris (born December 2, 1925) is an American stage, screen, and television actress. She has won five Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1994, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. She is a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. She also received the 2002 Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award. Harris's... Full Article At Wikipedia.org

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