‘The Height Of The Storm’

first_imgL.O.V.E.R.What woman doesn’t dream of having her own washing machine? Usually, however, it isn’t a momentous issue — at least not in the way Lois Robbins’s claims it to be in her solo show, “L.O.V.E.R.”Indeed, her tale of serial monogamy begins with the washing machine she masturbated on as a child. Discovering how to turn on the spin cycle was an epiphany. Finding the right husband was more challenging. As she tells us later in the 90-minute performance piece, “Good sex isn’t about what’s between your legs. It’s between your ears.”As is her wont, Robbins’s autobiographical solo show is light-hearted and entertaining. Her ability to vehiculate in spite of obstacles, health scares, bad relationships, and nasty men make her an endearing presence, and one with whom we can readily identify.Woven into her recollections are recognizable patterns of abuse, such as many women talk about these days. In her case, a manipulative father who made her afraid of men, while making her feel that she could never manage without one, spurred the inner turmoil.Still, her comedy is fueled by the men who come and go quickly, and in the play, seamlessly, from Siler, who remains chaste, to Ronald, who proves himself in a way washing machines never do. Onto Edward for further explorations, before landing the Doctor who was born with one testicle, etc., etc., etc.On the subject of herself, Robbins is obviously loquacious, but she is not narcissistic. Reflecting on her teenage years, she recalls her inner doubts, “Am I actually pretty? Somewhere inside, I don’t quite believe it,” she opines.And while her career as an actor is extensive — playing roles in soaps, primetime television, films, and musical theater — she is also understated about her accomplishments. Her most ambitious job, she informs us, was parenting. After all, her own parents were controlling puppeteers, and she was not going to be like them.That Robbins is as lovable for her mistakes and dalliances as she is for her loyalties and sense of commitment, makes her story fun without intimidation. She dresses simply, in lavender workout clothes, and a long sweater. They’re easy to move in when demonstrating orgasms of the washing machine-worthy variety.And Jane Shaw’s set design creates an open, multi-tiered playing area with a sleek silver stairway, and chandeliers made from household glassware.Director Karen Carpenter brings out Robbins’s on-stage ease and charm. The actress isn’t seeped in feminism, but she gives sexual autonomy a meaningful plug. Share French playwright Florian Zeller, well known in New York theater for his plays, “The Father” (Frank Langella) and “The Mother” (Isabelle Huppert), tells stories in a most outré fashion. Currently, “The Height of The Storm,” translated by Christopher Hampton, at the Manhattan Theatre Club, stars two masters of the British stage, Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins.That Zeller’s plays are lodged somewhere in his characters’ psychic machinations and projections makes the presence of such accomplished actors essential. To create a fundamental, believable reality, dispense of it like soap bubbles, reinvent it with memories, and score it with infidelities in the way Zeller’s characters do, requires the unshakeable confidence and skill of stage icons the size of Atkins and Pryce.In “Height of The Storm,” Zeller addresses his ongoing interest in the life of the mysterious mind, through Andre’s Kafkaesque trials. As portrayed by a nearly wild and disheveled Pryce, Andre cannot accept what is going on around him. He’s tortured from beginning to end by the demands his daughters and so-called friends are putting on him to move into housing more suitable for the elderly. Perhaps, he’s suffering from dementia.Finally, as he sees reality falling away from him — in spite of his vigorous denial — he implores them, “What is my position here? What is my position? My position! What is my position here? My position. Here. What is it?”To make matters more complicated, Andre is a writer, a builder of fictions, and a diarist who declares his infidelities in his personal journals. At times, it appears that he may already be in the grave. At others, that he’s just harboring secrets, or mourning the loss of his wife, Madeline. Regardless, he fears exposure and reprisal in the same way he fears death. His demented mental state, and his paranoia, both appear to be a way of getting back.In contrast, Atkins portrays Madeline, with a taut and balanced air. Attending to the vegetable garden, preparing their favorite omelet with mushrooms (which “can go either way”), and weeding out her daughters’ complaints are the spine of her daily life. While lithe, she is also reflective.Like Andre, Madeline is opaque. Is she the one who has died, and therefore the cause of Andre’s existential grief? Or, is she the memory around which life continues to gyrate? One never knows.What is important is the fact that together they make a whole person. Otherwise, who knows. Without the cocoon of marriage who would they be, what would they do, how would they manage? These are questions both the audience and the other characters also have.Surrounded by a well-honed ensemble, Amanda Drew and Lisa O’Hare as their daughters, Lucy Cohu as The Woman and James Hillier as The Man, the old couples’ secrets remain under shrouds. Try as they may, or as Andre fears they may, we never really pierce the mysteries that are here.Anthony Ward’s scenic design of a warm country kitchen, and Hugh Vanstone’s nuanced lighting create an intense environment, cast in shadows, and often foggy. Director Jonathan Kent masterfully leads the way through the land mines Zeller has put in place.last_img read more

TTA Takes Delivery of MV Thor Breeze

first_imgThoresen Thai Agencies Public Company Limited confirmed that Thoresen Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of TTA, officially took delivery of M.V. Thor Breeze from Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group, Vietnam (Vinashin) on 20 August 2013.This most recent addition to the Thoresen fleet reaffirms the Company’s long-term strategy to own and operate a modern and competitive dry bulk shipping fleet with low operating costs.The Vessel has a 53,506 deadweight ton capacity double skin Supramax Bulk Carrier and was ordered in September 2007. It is fully equipped with four cargo cranes, each of which has a safe working load of 36 metric tons. M.V. Thor Breeze is the second newbuild vessel ordered from Vinashin.After the delivery of M.V. Thor Breeze, the Thoresen owned fleet will consist of 18 vessels with an average size of 48,902 DWT and an average age of 10.63 years.[mappress]Press Release, August 23, 2013last_img read more

Read of the Week

first_imgThe Moment of LiftMelinda GatesPan MacmillanReview: Nolusindiso Mgujulwa Through her travels Melinda Gates has come to the realisation that if you want to uplift a society, empower and invest in its women.In this book, Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, shares the stories of some of the inspiring women she’s met around the world. She compares data and points out important issues that need our attention such as gender inequality, child labour, the importance of contraceptives and family planning.Gates describes how her multiple encounters with women in rural villages broadened her perspective from a narrow focus on family planning to more comprehensive initiatives, including everything from educating girls to maternal and child health. She also provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference.This book is a thoughtful look at the problems behind inequality among some of the most marginalised people in the world.Gates writes about how talking with both young and old women about family planning and contraceptives laid bare many more of the worst injustices women face worldwide, such as female genital cutting, child marriage, rape, domestic violence and unpaid labour. Her stories of meeting some of these women and girls are heartbreaking but essential reading, especially for us South Africans who may not be as aware of these practices as we should be. Some of these women experience extreme poverty and isolation, which makes it almost impossible for them to provide for and protect their children. As a result, the cycle of abuse and poverty continues.Gates says it’s important to start shifting the dynamic at home which will then extend to the wider community: “When a woman has her full voice and decision-making authority, she empowers everybody around her.” If you want to understand the roots of poverty in our country and others, then read this book. You will be moved to tears by the compassion in so many souls.last_img read more

Commission: ‘strong argument in favour of a UK bill of rights’

first_imgThe commission that has spent 21 months and £700,000 investigating the creation of a UK bill of rights has come out in favour of a bill that would ‘incorporate and build on all of the UK’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)’. However, the commission failed to reach a consensus. While seven members believe that ‘on balance, there is a strong argument in favour of a UK bill of rights’, two members dissented, saying the commission has failed to identify or declare any shortcomings in the Human Rights Act or its application by our courts. In a statement, the commission chair, the former permanent secretary Sir Leigh Lewis, put a brave face on the split. ‘We are united in believing that there needs to be respect for the existence of different intellectually coherent viewpoints in relation to the human rights debate, and in believing that the debate needs to be well informed and not distorted by the stereotypes and caricatures that have all too often characterised it in recent years,’ Lewis said. ‘We hope that all of those interested in these vitally important issues will read our report.’ The government reacted coolly. The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, thanked the commission for the ‘diligent manner’ in which it discharged its task. In a written ministerial statement he said: ‘We will now give the report careful consideration.’ The report says it would be wrong to reach firm conclusions around additional rights in any bill, not least because it has failed to reach agreement that there is a case for a bill. Should a bill of rights be passed, consideration should be given to including ‘additional rights to those currently in the ECHR’. Additional rights are likely to include the right to equality and non-discrimination, and a ‘set of rights relating to our civil and criminal justice system’, such as the right to trial by jury. The commission’s report says that future debate must be sensitive to issues of devolution and, in the case of Scotland, possible independence. Members agreed that the ‘concept of responsibilities’ should be debated and that the government should continue to press for reform of the European Court of Human Rights. The commission’s conclusions, the report says, are put forward as a contribution to a ‘continuing national debate’ and should not be regarded as a ‘final judgment on the issues (that it has) been asked to examine’. The report, ‘A UK bill of rights? – the choice before us’, can be read at the Justice website.last_img read more

BDB-Pitmans merger to create 80-partner firm

first_imgTop 100 firm Bircham Dyson Bell and Thames Valley practice Pitmans have revealed plans for a merger that would create an 80-partner firm. According to a joint announcement, the firms are in ‘exploratory merger discussions’. Partners will take a formal vote on Thursday 27 September. The announcement said that the firms had identified ‘a number of obvious synergies including sector focus, culture and geography’. A merger would ‘propel the firm towards the top 50 for revenue in the UK, with a headcount of 80 partners and 404 staff’, it added. ‘We have decided to make this announcement now so that we can be transparent with our staff and clients throughout the process. As the discussions progress we will make further announcements.’In the year ending 31 May 2017, Westminster-headquartered Bircham Dyson Bell reported profits of £10.9m on a turnover of £34.8m, respectively 7.7% and 3.4% up on the previous year. Its most recent expansion was last year’s acquisition of the real estate team of King & Wood Malleson’s European arm in Cambridge. Pitmans, headquartered in Reading with offices in London and Southampton, reported pre-tax profits of £5.7m on a turnover of £19.4m for the year ending 30 April 2017.last_img read more

Thales signs Saudi North–South Railway maintenance deal

first_imgSAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co has awarded Thales a two-year contract to maintain signalling, telecoms and electromechanical systems on the 2 400 km North–South Railway network. This follows from similar one-year contract which was awarded in 2016, building on the relationship formed during the installation and commissioning of the equipment.Maintenance work is to be undertaken by engineers and technicians located at eight maintenance bases. The contract includes a knowledge transfer programme to train SAR’s local staff to gradually take over maintenance activities, as well as support for the Saudi Railway Polytechnic in Buraydah as part of the government’s Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.last_img read more

Aviat Upgrades its All-Outdoor Radio Platform to Support 5G Deployments

first_imgAviat Networks has announced significant enhancements to its WTM 4000 all-outdoor radio platform to boost data throughput and reliability capabilities in preparation for 5G deployments.The advancements include:STR 4500: 8+0 with Space Diversity Supporting up to 10 GbpsThe new Aviat STR 4500 consists of 4 x WTM 4500 XT radio units mounted to an outdoor radio frequency (RF) branching and multiplexing unit (OBU), and incorporates a new feature called Dual Channel Space Diversity, or DC-SD, so that each WTM can support two independent channels with full space diversity. This solution can now support up to 8 independent channels for a total capacity of up to 10 Gbit/s in 4x 112 MHz channels with XPIC. This halfs the cost per Gigabit for these very high-capacity paths, without any compromise in performance or reliability. The STR 4500 with DC-SD is now available in frequency bands from 5 to 11 GHz.WTM 4800 Multi-Band: Now with 3 Channels in a Single box, 2 Microwave and 1-millimeter WaveThe WTM 4800 is the only single-box, multi-band solution available to the market and is now available with Aviat’s unique A2C, adding a second independent microwave channel to double the microwave capacity, up to 2.5 Gbit/s in 2x 112 MHz channels. This feature requires no additional hardware and can be turned on with a simple downloadable software license. Other multi-band solutions require multiple boxes (up to 3 radios, plus an indoor unit) to achieve the same result that is available on WTM 4800 with just one, cost-effective, compact and easy-to-deploy radio, with direct mount antenna.WTM 4200: 4×4 MIMO Operation up to 4096 QAMIn many countries, frequency spectrum is either, extremely congested and restricted, or spectrum fees lead to very high recurring costs. MIMO uses multiple antennas and spatial cancellation to enable the re-use of a single channel frequency to transmit up to four times the capacity. Aviat now has proven its MIMO solution after a successful deployment with Vodafone Fiji, where a 6.5km link was able to operate up to 4096 QAM, to support over 2 Gbit/s of capacity in a single 80 MHz channel.WTM 4880: Now Supporting 20Gbps in a Single, Compact UnitThe WTM 4880 supports a dual-channel E-Band operation, for up to 20 Gbit/s in one (with XPIC) or two 2000 MHz channels. Unlike other solutions, which require multiple radios and external couplers, WTM 4880 supports this capacity in a single, compact enclosure, with an integrated coupler for co-pole, or an integrated OMT for dual pole operation. For operators who must use narrower channels due to regulatory limitations, the WTM 4880 is an efficient, compact and cost-effective solution to double capacity using 2+0 operation with XPIC. For example, with just one 1000 MHz allocation, WTM 4880 can support up to 10 Gbit/s of full duplex throughput.According to Aviat, all these WTM 4000 radio platform enhancements are generally available and ready for volume shipments. The platform provides the mission-critical capabilities that operators require as they evolve to 5G. Its modular architecture enables the rapid rollout of new capabilities to the market and creates greater opportunity for operators to capture new business. With this enhanced offering, Aviat has expanded its leadership in the all-outdoor microwave radio category and 5G transport solutions.last_img read more

St. Robert’s 4th in Passerelle national finals

first_imgA Nazareth School of National University player breaks through the defense of St. Robert’s International Academy Panda Rockets. BEST CENTER SPORTS ROBERT’S International Academy Panda Rockets settled for fourth place in the Passerelle division of the 2018 SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament National Finals over the weekend in Pampanga.Representing Visayas, St. Robert’s lost to International School for Better Beginnings (ISBB, Luzon) 72-88 in the battle for third place.St. Robert’s fell behind early in the game and trailed 26-21 at the end of the opening period but responded with a strong performance in the second canto to tie the count 37-all.In the second half St. Robert’s lost grip as the ISBB surged to a 60-54 advantage before pulling away for good in the fourth period, going up by as high as 16 points. Prior to this the Panda Rockets dropped all of their three matches in the preliminary round, including against eventual champion Nazareth School of National University.Despite the disappointing campaign, St. Robert’s head coach John Guanco remained positive about their showing.“I am still happy about how we carried the fight,” Guanco said. “Our experience will be useful ahead of our (2018) Iloilo PRISAA (secondary boys basketball semifinal round) campaign.”St. Robert’s earned the right to represent Visayas in the two-day national competition after dominating the regional finals earlier this month in Bacolod City./PNlast_img read more

Argos Walk-Off with 8-7 Win to Take Series

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. –  On Sunday afternoon the West Florida baseball team delivered an 8-7 10 inning victory over Wingate University to take game three and give the Argos a 2-1 series win. Trailing by a run in the bottom of the tenth inning, Eric Kroll poked a two-out single through the right side with runners on second and third to send home the game winning run.The Argos quickly manufactured a run in the first inning to hop out to an early 1-0 lead. Kyle Brown led off the inning with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Day. Next Batter Dustin Lawley roped a single to right, bringing home Brown from second to give them the early lead.After tying the game up in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Casey Allison the Bulldogs would plate a run in the fifth to go up 2-1. In the bottom half of the inning the Argos responded right back with a three run inning which was capped off by two RBI base hit by Zach Taylor to give the Argos a 4-2 lead. Another run came around to score in the sixth to extend the lead, 5-3.Pitching into the eighth inning, Kevin Johnson would allow consecutive one-out base hits to put runners on first and third. Bulldog’s first baseman Brian Yeung then came up and lifted the first pitch he saw from Johnson over the left field wall for a game-tying three run homer.The Argos scratched away a run in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead but it was short lived as reliever Shane Waller surrendered a solo homerun to Logan Isaacs to leadoff the top of the ninth inning.In the tenth the Bulldogs were able to manufacture a run on a base hit and a pair of fielder choices. With one out and the bases loaded, Allison drove a ball deep enough into center field to allow Taylor Honeycutt to score from third on the sacrifice fly and give them a 7-6 advantage heading into the bottom half of the inning.For the Argos in the tenth, Brandon Brewer reached on fielder choice to put a runner on first with two out. Senior Kyle Brown then lined a double down the left field line, moving both runners in scoring position for Eric Kroll. On a 1-1 pitch Kroll fought it off and hit a sharp groundball through the right side just passed the Bulldog’s second baseman Isaacs, bringing home both runners for the walk-off 8-7 victory.Zach North took the win, his second of the season, helping the Argos to improve to 32-15 overall. The Argos will round out their season this week at home with a game against Columbus State on Wednesday before hosting Valdosta State in the final Gulf South Conference matchup of the regular season. The weekend series against Valdosta State will determine the GSC East Division as the Argos will enter the weekend one game ahead of Valdosta State in the GSC standings.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Argos Walk-Off with 8-7 Win to Take Series Sharecenter_img Eric Kroll (photo courtesy of jimhoguephotos.com last_img read more

The Coach Shinnick Show – September 19

first_imgPrint Friendly Version This week on the show, we recap a big #UWFFootball win over Shorter, preview Mississippi College, and catch up with quarterback Sam Vaughn. We also take a look at weekend GSC sweeps for both soccer teams and volleyball, and chat with #UWFMSoccer striker Sean Hoffstatter, a few days after his hat trick against Christian Brothers! #GoArgos last_img