Golem Will Transfer to London’s West End


first_img The cast will include Will Close, Charlotte Dubery, Lillian Henley, Rose Robinson and Shamira Turner. After an acclaimed run at London’s buzzy Young Vic, Golem will transfer to the West End. Directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, the satirical take on our misuse of technology will play a limited engagement at the Trafalgar Studios April 14 through May 22. Opening night is set for April 22. Mixing live performance and music with film and animation, Golem follows the life of extraordinarily ordinary Robert Robertson, whose life is irrevocably disrupted when he buys a golem—a creature who will improve the efficiency of his daily affairs. But when Robert upgrades to superior model Golem 2, the show questions what happens when man is no longer in control of machine. The production will feature film, animation and design by Paul Barritt, with music by Lillian Henley and associate direction and design by Esme Appleton. View Commentslast_img read more

Vincent Bonsignore: Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez paying Braves manager back for tough love


first_imgIt’s funny how the twists and turns of baseball can sometimes intersect at the oddest places, or how a formerly frowned-upon star can rehabilitate himself on a stage in which a former teacher has a front row seat to observe the transformation.But with each blast off the extraordinarily hot bat of Hanley Ramirez on Sunday to help inch the Dodgers one step closer to disposing the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series, it’s impossible not to remember his former life under the manager in the opposing dugout.Or how Fredi Gonzalez once tried to save Ramirez from himself, and how the belated result of that effort may soon mean the end of the Braves’ season.It seems like a lifetime ago when the petulance of Ramirez ran into the brick wall that is the respect Gonzalez has for doing things correctly on the baseball field. Back in 2010, the hottest hitter in the Dodgers lineup and the current manager of the Braves were jointly employed by the Florida Marlins, and when Ramirez’s immaturity crossed Gonzalez’s integrity one too many times, Ramirez found himself on the Marlins bench.It was a gutsy move by Gonzalez, and maybe a costly one. He was eventually fired by the Marlins, and to this day some people insist Ramirez had a hand in his demise.As for Ramirez, his reputation took a significant hit. He was seen as non-caring, a loafer and egotistical. And soon he was on his way out of Miami too, shipped off to Los Angeles where the Dodgers agreed to absorb his salary and damaged character in the middle of last season.“That was the same thing I thought coming here as a free agent,” Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell said. “I didn’t know where Hanley was coming from; I used to not like him as an opponent.”Fellow pitcher Chris Capuano, whose three innings of relief Sunday helped steady the Dodgers after starter Hyun-Jin Ryu flamed out after three innings, was apprehensive as well. “I really didn’t know what to expect,” Capuano said. “Maybe a little flashy from the other side sometimes, not sure what kind of a teammate he was going to be.”Only for both to discover Ramirez was nothing like they imagined, perhaps changed by the Dodgers veteran environment or inspired by the winning atmosphere or unburdened without the pressure of having to carry a loaded ballclub. “You’ve seen it so many times where a change of scenery is so good for somebody,” Capuano said. “You get to start over and choose who you want to be.”That renovation began on the very day Ramirez became a Dodger and met with manager Don Mattingly in St. Louis.“I walked into his office, he just told me just be you,” Ramirez remembers. “We’ve got 24 more guys out there that come here every day and play hard and have fun. I want you to be the same.” It was Ramirez, as much as anyone else, who carried the Dodgers this year – their 51-26 record when he started during the regular season a remarkable testament to his influence – and now he’s hoisted them onto his shoulders in the NLDS against the Gonzalez-managed Braves.From the opposing dugout, Gonzalez must watch with assorted interest.Ramirez has hammered his Braves this series, his triple, double, single, two RBIs and three runs scored Sunday a multi-layered haymaker in the Dodgers’ 13-6 Game 3 victory to position themselves for a knockout punch in Game 4 today.It was vintage Ramirez, a former batting champion under Gonzalez back in 2009 and a player who can take over a series with his bat and glove.“It’s ridiculous,” Howell said. “His talent is incredible.”This is the Ramirez who Gonzalez knew was possible three years ago when he doled out the kind of tough love a father does to a reeling son.A player for whom Gonzalez remembered fondly this week from their Florida time as someone who “on any given day, might have been the best player on the field.” That is, before he went astray in 2010 with various acts of on-field defiance and reported disobedience off it. Ironic, then, that the grown-up Ramirez, the one Mattingly speaks of in the highest regard, re-blossomed this year and that it’s Gonzalez and the Braves he and his .538 batting average are punishing right now. Ramirez’s six extra-base hits through the first four games this series ties him for the Dodgers record for extra-base hits in a playoff series with Steve Garvey, who did it in six games against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978, and Duke Snider, who did it in seven games in the 1952 World Series.“At the plate, right now I’m not thinking. I’m just looking at the ball and hit it, whatever the pitch is,” Ramirez said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling when it’s just less thinking, just produce. Go out there and have fun and play hard.”Ramirez doubled to start the third inning after the Braves tied the score 4-4 in the top of the third, setting the table for a two-run inning that put the Dodgers ahead 6-4.Then he tripled in a run in the fourth as part of a four-run inning to put the Dodgers up 10-4.And in the eighth he singled in yet another run in a three-run inning that extended the lead to 13-4.With every hit and each RBI and run scored he pushed the Dodgers one step closer to advancing to the NLCS.That the grown-up version of Ramirez is doing it for the Dodgers against the man who desperately tried to help him three years ago – harsh and disciplined as the assistance may have been – is one of the great ironies.But for the Dodgers, all’s well that ends well.“I just hope he keeps it up and we can ride his coat tails all the way to the World Series,” said left fielder Carl Crawford.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

76ers vs. Nets: Predictions, picks for 2019 NBA playoffs first-round series


first_imgNeither team is particularly efficient in transition, but slowing things down would play more to Philadelphia’s advantages.76ers vs. Nets predictionThe Nets have what it takes to put a scare into the Sixers, but not enough frontline talent to move to the second round. It’s been a brilliant season in Brooklyn, and being able to push Philly in this series should be taken as a positive.76ers over Nets, 4-3 NBA PLAYOFFS 2019: Full schedule | East predictions76ers vs. Nets: Schedule, breakdown, predictionDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 13Game 1 at Philadelphia2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)April 15Game 2 at Philadelphia8 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)April 18Game 3 at Brooklyn8 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)April 20Game 4 at Brooklyn3 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)*April 23Game 5 at PhiladelphiaTBD*April 25Game 6 at BrooklynTBD*April 27Game 7 at PhiladelphiaTBD (TNT)(*if necessary)The key playerIt’s Embiid, all the way. In his last appearance against Brooklyn, Embiid had 39 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.He torches the combination of Jarrett Allen and Ed Davis in the middle for the Nets, so whatever advantage Brooklyn might establish on the perimeter can be wiped out by Embiid playing the wrecking ball on the interior. But he’s got to be healthy.The big number102.64. That was the Sixers’ pace factor this season, eighth in the NBA. They prefer to play fast.But maybe not against the Nets, who have a pace factor of 101.78, 11th in the league. They, too, can play fast and considering their depth in the backcourt — as well as the advantage Embiid gives them in the half-court game — it might be wise for the Sixers to slow things down. As ever with the Sixers, the story is the health of center Joel Embiid. He came out of the All-Star break with a mysterious knee injury that caused him to miss eight games down the stretch, and now it appears he might not play in the opener against Brooklyn. That would be a tough blow to a team that is still working out its chemistry after making two in-season blockbuster trades, first for Jimmy Butler then for Tobias Harris.The group of Embiid, Harris, Butler, JJ Redick and Ben Simmons has been together in the starting five only 10 times this season. It won’t help that the Sixers start the postseason with the ever-hustling Nets, whose backcourt depth — All-Star D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie as the starters with Caris LeVert and NBA 3-point leader Joe Harris off the bench — presents a major problem for Sixers coach Brett Brown.last_img read more