First Night Review: Government Inspector

first_imgThis version of ‘The Government Inspector’, directed by Sophie Pinn, is a lively, fast-moving comedy that provides a fun night of light entertainment. Gogol’s play is a comedy of errors based on a classic case of mistaken identity: the mayor and officials of a provincial town come to believe that a young visitor to their town, Khlestakov, is a government inspector.  In fact, Khlestakov is no more than a young minor aristocrat who is touring the country for the first time, squandering his father’s money on cards, wine and women.    The comedy is derived from the obsequious kowtowing of the mayor, his family and the town officials towards Khlestakov.  Grotesque, sycophantic flattery ooze out of these characters, making it is so easy for Khlestakov to exploit them that our sympathy almost lies with him.  At a deeper level, the play is a satire on the hierarchical political structures of the government of Tsarist Russia, and a biting attack on the fickle and selfish nature of humankind. Pinn has chosen to treat the play as pure farce.  There is deliberate over-acting, lots of slapstick humour and hysterical excitement on stage.  While this treatment will clearly not be to everyone’s taste, Pinn’s approach does produce a sparkling performance with plenty of hilarious moments and memorable characters. All of the cast were clearly dedicated to their roles, but the play owes its success in particular to a superb performance by Alex Worsnip as Khlestakov.  His strong stage presence brings exactly the right mix of imperiousness, arrogance and youthful exuberance to the role.  There is good chemistry between him and his servant Osip (Austen Saunders), a minor but important character who is privileged with the insight of a Shakespearean Fool.  The Mayor (Philip Aspin) and his wife Anna (Emily MacKenzie) tend to over-act a little, even by the standards of this performance, but nonetheless they manage to garner plenty of laughs from the audience.  Gogol’s play is firmly rooted within the social and political context of its time and deals with very specific dreams and fears of nineteenth-century provincial Russia: the myth of St Petersburg as a metropolitan paradise; the social climbing and toadying required to progress up through the ranks of government; the massive scale of corruption in the political system.  Pinn’s production chooses to play down this historical context and instead stress the universal nature of Gogol’s themes.  Although the play undoubtedly loses something in doing this, it has the advantage of making it accessible to an audience with little background knowledge about Gogol’ or Russian society.    Those who are seeking high-brow theatre would be best to avoid this version of ‘The Government Inspector’.  However, those celebrating the end of a challenging Oxford academic year and recovering from the sober intellectual reflection of exam season will undoubtedly find a much-needed remedy in this light, enjoyable and energetic comedy.By Connor Doaklast_img read more

Daily Dirt: ICF Championships, Nyad Under Attack, Tokyo 2020

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for September 9, the day Congress changed the name of their fledgling country from “United Colonies” to “United States” in 1776 after much debate and comparison by our Founding Fathers, who chanted “UCA!” and “USA!” long into the night before making their final decision:US Cleans Up at WorldsSpeaking of the good old UCA, the team cleaned up at the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships that went down last week at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. The U.S. men’s team swept the men’s C1 – the C stands for canoe, the 1 stands for awesomeness – taking gold, silver and bronze. Jordan Poffenberger took the top spot with Blue Ridge boaters Tad Dennis of Charlotte, North Carolina and Dane Jackson of Rock Island, Tennessee taking silver and bronze respectively. Jackson followed up his bronze in C1 with a gold in K1 – K stands for Kayak, 1 still stands for awesomeness – beating out the best Europe has to offer, and a silver in the Squirt Finals. Poffenberger and Jackson also went 1-2 respectively in the Open Canoe finals.On the women’s side, 17-year-old Stecoah, N.C. native Rowan Stuart won gold in the junior women’s kayak. Although she did not make it into the finals, we spoke with Army Vet, and squirt-boater Tracy Click at the games. Check out the story here.Click here for the full listing of results.Nyad Cuba Swim Not Winning Over SkepticsIf you haven’t heard by now, long distance swimming champ Diana Nyad completed the first open water swim from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. This is a significant achievement for all the obvious reason – distance, open water, 53-hours in the briny, SHARKS, fifth attempt, etc. – but maybe most incredible is the fact that Nyad is 64 years old. This being the digital age and all, here swim was tracked via GPS, live blog, and such, which of course now has the blogosphere all atwitter. It seems that Nyad’s contemporaries in the marathon swimmers community are questioning the feat due to inconsistencies in the GPS data and whether she left the water to get into, or held onto the side, of one of her support boats. She did this once before due to bad weather, only revealing it after the fact, and this being the digital age and all, anyone with half a brain, a keyboard, and access to the Marathon Swimmers Forum (YES, it does exist), can call you out. Nyad has agreed to meet with her detractors, so we’ll see what comes of the Super Skeptical Swimmers Summit 2013.Here is a blog on with all the appropriate links, so you can get both sides of this story.Tokyo Will Host 2020 Olympic GamesSpeaking of achievements nobody really believes or cares about (HAHA, just kidding wrestling!) Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, beating out Madrid and Istanbul for the honor. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise to the international community for several reasons. 1 – that whole nuclear meltdown/earthquake thing, 2 – Japan has been mired in a protracted economic slump for the past 15 years, so investing $6 billion in Games may not be the best idea, and 3 – well, they have hosted the games a couple other times (Tokyo in ’64 and the Winter Nagano Games in ’98), while vying against two cities with zero (though to be fair, Spain’s economic situation is much worse than Japan’s and Turkey has some political issues to deal with, mainly being the first Muslim country to host the games, and also their border with Syria). Now, you can make the case that the games could be a shot in the arm to Japan, both for the economy and the morale of the aging populace, and this may be true as the buildup is long, and the games are still over seven years away. So yeah, Tokyo 2020 could work out.Got a hot news tip? Shoot an email to [email protected]last_img read more

Giving back has ROI, too

first_imgDoes your credit union give back? That’s a silly question. But does your community support program intricately tie in with member engagement?A friend of mine used to work for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. After a few years there, she started her own company. It brings non-profits together with companies whose mission aligned with theirs. Essentially, she is a charity to a corporate matchmaker.At first glance, this seems pretty simple. Find company with money (usually through a foundation), bring together with non-profit which needs money. Now, pay me a small consultant fee. Not so fast. It turns out, companies started looking at their give back campaigns differently. Instead of just “doing a good thing”, they wanted said good thing to do more. If we’re spending money, the thought process goes, why not have it improve employee satisfaction? Or serve as cause-based marketing to our current and prospective clientele? And charities began to have the same thoughts.Just as two random single people are not necessarily a good match, the same goes between companies and charities. My friend learns about the core mission and motivations of every client before recommending a pairing. That way, everyone is more engaged, supportive, and excited about the alignment.Take your credit union. Say you offer a need-based mortgage assistance program. Partnering with a pet rescue charity is fine. Woof. Meow. But imagine if you aligned with a non-profit which helps place struggling and displaced families into low-cost and subsidized housing? Their mission and that of your credit union are the same. You’re a match. And it shows with staff who are excited to volunteer and talk about it to their members (who are then encouraged to help where they can). Heck, some of those members might even be beneficiaries of the charity. Think of the legen-wait for it-dary social media campaign you could set up. So much good can be done for so many, and your credit union can grow in the process. I think it’s safe to say all the families helped by the charity would become members of your credit union. And based on how you treat them like family, they’re not likely to leave. In fact, they’ll probably tell their friends and family about you.When you get out of the daily grind and remember why you exist, these types of alliances seem so obvious. And it can give your entire team the motivation to serve at their peak abilities. Giving back really does have an ROI.Since this post is already too long, a future one will dive into some stories of credit unions following this path. Spoiler: Their staff and members love it. So does the bottom line. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Brett Lee on Virat Kohli: Sachin is God. Can someone beat his record?

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TwitterAdvertisement ggywNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsao5lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) z0nr0jWould you ever consider trying this?😱5ryaCan your students do this? 🌚bjavRoller skating! Powered by Firework Seven years has passed since his retirement, but Sachin Tendulkar’s charisma is stilll prevalent in the cricketing world. Worshipped by millions of fans and even junior cricketers, the former Team India batsman is the highest run scorer in international cricket, and holds the record of 100 centuries in Tests and ODI’s combined. However, India’s present cricketing stalwart Virat Kohli is slowly making his move towards the record, already securing 71 international tons. Can Kohli one day reach the ‘God of cricket’s feat? Legendary pace bowler Brett Lee speaks his mind.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TwitterA young Virat Kohli entered the Men in Blue dressing room when Sachin was reaching the twilight years of his career. However, there was no delay for the young batsman to shine, and now wearing the captain’s armband, Kohli is hailed as one of the greatest batsmen ever.The 31 year old already has 27 Test and 43 ODI centuries to his name, just 29 more to go to reach the milestone set by the Little Master. In a recent talk show, Brett Lee feels Kohli might soon achieve Sachin’s feat.Advertisement “We are talking about phenomenal numbers here, so you mentioned seven to eight years of cricket and at the rate he (Kohli ) is going, yes, he can definitely knock it off,” Lee said in the Star Sports’ latest show Cricket Connected.The former Aussie international narrated three factors that has worked for Kohli over the years- talent, fitness and mental capacity.Advertisement Lee went on: “It comes down to three things, there is one thing I would like to eliminate – so, you talk about talent as a batsman, he’s definitely got that talent, eliminate that first and foremost. Then fitness – Virat Kohli has got that fitness, so for me it is all about fitness at the age of 30 and also that mental strength, the mental capacity to get through those hard times, being away from home, from his wife, or when they will have children.”“He will do it easily with his talent, it comes down to his mental strength and if he stays fit enough and I believe he has got all those three components to go past Sachin,” the 43 year old added.However, achieving the feat of the ‘God’ himself is not an easy taks for even someone with the capabilities of Kohli, as Lee concluded: “but, how can you say someone can go past Sachin Tendulkar- this is God here, can someone go better than God, we will wait and see.” If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Virat Kohli has an important message for RCB fans: “No matter what happens, I’m never leaving!”Compiling celebrities, sports people wishing Sachin for his 47th b’day Advertisementlast_img read more

A little R & R before the Leafs resume play in the KIJHL with a road swing to the south Okanagan

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs are taking advantage of some well-deserved rest after playing its league tying 12th game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Sunday in Spokane.Nelson is one of two KIJHL teams — the other being defending league champion Osoyoos Coyotes — to play a dozen games this early in the campaign — with the Leafs sporting an impressive 5-2-0-1 at home.“We’re happy to finally get some rest and get back on the ice to practice,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida of the early-season grind that has seen Nelson play three, three-game, weekends.“We’ll be focusing on time and space, taking time and space away from teams and being a little more aggressive on the puck,” Maida added.After assuming control of the helm on the Good Ship Leaf in August, Maida didn’t know what to expect this season.But he definitely likes what he sees as Nelson continues to hold down top spot in the always competitive Murdoch Division.“I’d say I’m very happy with our play,” Maida confessed. “If you had told me in August that after 12 games we’d have our record (to date) I would have been very happy.”“But we still have some fine tuning to do to get some consistency in our game,” he added. The addition of Jonathan Petrash has solidified the Leaf defensive core.So now that Nelson native Blake Arcuri is cleared to play, the defence should only get better in front of goalies Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe.“(Blake) has been out for eight to ten months and has only been cleared for contact a week ago so we don’t want to rush him back,” Maida said.Arcuri saw his first action last week against Grand Forks, but was held out of the Kimberley game before returning Sunday in Spokane.“Blake looked good and his timing and conditioning will only get better with more game situations,” Maida said.Maida said winger Max Mois most likely would be back in the lineup when Nelson travels to the South Okanagan for games Friday in Summerland and Saturday in Penticton against the Lakers.Mois has been resting an upper body injury and missed the past few games.However, the news is not as good for 6’1”, 195-pound Dustin Reimer.The Vanderhoof product has been limited to one game after suffering an upper body injury during the season opener in Castlegar.OVERTIME: Summerland, 4-6, is fourth in the Okanagan Division while Penticton, 6-2, is second. The Steam are led offensively by hometown 20-year-old Colin Minardi, with 12 points in 10 games. . . . Penticton possesses a balanced scoring attack with seven players within the lead in team scoring nine points of Sean Alldridge. . . .In contrast Nelson scoring leader Matti Jmaeff has 20 points — 3G, 17A — in 12 games with Patrick Martens and Brett Norman two points behind. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida said both Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe will see action between the pipes this [email protected]last_img read more

Ice goalie invited to Hockey Canada National Women’s Goaltending Camp

first_img Newell,a standout in net for the Ice, will be completing high school early to attend Princeton University. The camp will include U18, U22 and Senior aged athletes and is the next phase of Hockey Canada’s summer program following the strength and conditioning camp in May. The Goaltending Camp is being held this weekend, beginning Thursday, in Calgary. Kootenay Ice netminder Kimberley Newell has been invited to the Hockey Canada National Women’s Goaltending Camp. Newell of Burnaby, who spent last year in Nelson as a member of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget team, is joined by Michaela Logan of North Vancouver.center_img “We look forward to welcoming many of our top young female goaltenders from across the country to our brand-new training facilities in Calgary,” said Kalli Quinn, director of female national teams for Hockey Canada.“This camp is an incredible opportunity for them to develop their skills with our top-notch instructors, and will help prepare them for their upcoming seasons.” Instructors for the camp include Matt Cockell (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon, WHL), Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, CIS), Andy Nowicki (Red Deer, Alta.), Perry Wilson (Windsor, Ont./University of Windsor, CIS), and Canada’s National Women’s Team alumna Danielle Dubé (Vancouver, BC).last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgFree colorectal tests available to seniors WHITTIER – Colorectal screenings will be available free to seniors from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. March 12 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. For more information, call (714) 993-5075. No reservations are required. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2847. Party to preview Nickelodeon series BALDWIN PARK – Nickelodeon will hold a preview party for its new animated series, “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Baldwin Park Library, 4181 Baldwin Park Blvd. Children and families are welcome to the free event, presented via a partnership between Nickelodeon and the Los Angeles County Public Library. For more information call (626) 962-6947. Tickets on sale for dinner dance WHITTIER – Make reservations now to attend a dinner and dance fundraiser to benefit East Whittier Middle School’s instrumental music program, to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. March 3 in the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Blvd. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. For more information, call (562) 698-0576. Arbor Day event set for March 10 WHITTIER – The city’s annual Arbor Day celebration will be held at 10 a.m. March 13 at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. The free event will include a tree-planting ceremony and a presentation of a Tree City USA award by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Forestry Division. This is Whittier’s 23th consecutive year of winning the award. For more information, call (562) 464-3375. Whittier AAUW to present awards WHITTIER – The Whittier Branch of the American Association of University Women will present its Las Distinguidas Awards at the group’s regularly monthly meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 14 at First Friends United Methodist Church, 6725 Friends Ave. Winners are chosen for their contributions and participation in community and business activities. For reservations, or for more information, call (562)698-8626. `Living History Day’ to be held Feb. 24 WHITTIER – The next “Living History Day” at Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd., will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24. It will feature an archeological sandbox, old-fashioned Victorian-era games, guided tours of Pico’s historic adobe home, a bread-making demonstration and more. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 695-1217. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YORBA LINDA- Jerry Schilling, part of Elvis Presley’s “Memphis Mafia” and author of “Me and a Guy Named Elvis,” will sign copies of his book during a lecture at 1:30 p.m. today at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. Tickets are $8. On Monday, admission is free in honor of Presidents Day. Meet Presidents Washington and Lincoln in the lobby at 11:30 a.m.; the young singers of Celebration USA perform at 1:30 p.m.; and a panel of noted historians discuss their new books on the American presidency including. The library is open from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. last_img

National Hockey League: Weatherhead beat Makerere to maintain lead atop

first_img Tags: makerere universityUganda Baati Hockey LeagueWananchiWeatherhead Vincent Kasasa (R) scored one of Weatherhead’s goals against Makerere on Sunday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Vincent Kasasa, Peter Elolu and Ashraf Tumwesige each scored a goal as Weatherhead (M) saw off Makerere University 3-1 on Sunday in the Uganda Baati Hockey League at the National Hockey ground, Lugogo.Weatherhead who entered the game off a 1-1 draw with Kampala Stallions showed urgency early in the game, but their first goal didn’t arrive until the 34th minute in the third quarter.Kasasa who also doubles as the team’s coach broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute and seven minutes later, Elolu increased the advantage.Makerere reduced the deficit through Graham Mawesse shortly, but Tumwesige sealed victory with his 50th-minute goal.Having watched defending champions Wananchi (M) beat Historicals 4-0 on Saturday, Weatherhead knew only victory would better their chances of winning the league they won in 2017.The win keeps them top of the table with 51 points, nine ahead of Wananchi. Kasasa’s side has, however, played three games more.In the other game played on Sunday in the men’s division, Historicals defeated Rockets 3-1. Despite the win, Historicals remain rooted to the bottom of the table with 11points.Comments last_img read more

ErosNow inks deal with Apple TV

first_imgMumbai, Jun 8 (PTI) Online entertainment platform ErosNow today said it has inked a deal with Apple TV for showcasing its repository of Bollywood and regional language films and music videos across 80 countries. ErosNow app is available across most smart TV platforms including Android TV, Samsung, Chromecast and Amazons Fire TV, the company said in a statement. “With the success of our iOS application on iPhone and iPad, we are strengthening our connection to our subscribers who are using Apples products everyday by now bringing a compelling array of Bollywood and regional language content to their living room,” Eros Digital Chief Executive Officer Rishika Lulla Singh said. PTI DS KRK MKJ PTPlast_img

a month ago​Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsor

first_img​Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsorby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChinese real estate group Evergrande could become the main shirt sponsor of Inter Milan’s in 2021, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, reports, talks have reportedly taken place between the two parties over potential partnerships in the future, including Evergrande possibly replacing long-term shirt sponsor Pirelli when the tyre brand’s contract with the club expires in 2021.The Italian club have had Pirelli’s logo on their kit dating back to the 1995/96 season, which currently earns them €10.5 million (US$11.6 million) per year, but Gazzetta says Inter owner Zhang Jindong is seeking greater revenue opportunities for the team as they bid to stay in touch with the rest of the European elite.Apparently helping Evergrande’s cause is that it has in the past worked closely with Jindong’s company Suning Holdings Group, which acquired a majority stake in Inter for a reported €270 million (US$299 million) back in June 2016.Evergrande is already closely involved with soccer after buying Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010, currently managed by former Inter defender Fabio Cannavaro. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more