Griff Rhys Jones in ‘The Miser’ Two-time Olivier winner Griff Rhys Jones, Olivier winner Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith have been tapped for two new productions in the West End. Sean Foley is set to direct the revivals of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and Molière’s classic comedy The Miser.The Dresser, starring Stott (Broken Glass) and Shearsmith (Betty Blue Eyes), tells the heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime. The production will play a limited engagement October 5 through January 14, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for October 12 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.Jones (Oliver!) will return to the London stage to lead an ensemble cast in a revival of The Miser, which has been newly adapted by Foley and Phil Porter. The show is set to start previews on March 1, 2017, officially opening on March 13 at the Garrick Theatre. The limited engagement will end on June 10. View Comments
By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (April 16) – An amazing 152 cars and an absolutely packed grandstand were on hand for opening night of the 2016 season as well as to pay their respects to Shawano Speedway legend M.J. McBride Saturday evening.McBride, a seven-time track champion at Shawano who passed way this winter, was honored by the track and its competitors as part of an emotional opening ceremony. His son Dean carried the checkered flag around the track one final time in honor of his father.Brad Lautenbach led the first two laps of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature before succumbing to the pressures of Marcus Yarie. Lautenbach continued to follow Yarie until Eddie Muenster put his familiar number five car into second.At this point in the race the best battle was for position in the top five as Muenster, Lautenbach, Andy Kleczka, Benji LaCrosse, and Johnny Whitman all vied for runner-up honors. At the end it was Yarie in victory lane, with LaCrosse emerging in the battle for second. Kleczka, Muenster, and Whitman completed the top five.Brandon Czarapata led from lap five to the finish in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Jordan Barkholtz found his way around Kelsey Hayes for the lead and eventual Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.
The Wisconsin women’s hockey team (7-1) has had a very tough schedule to start conference play this season.This weekend’s series against Boston University will be the Badgers’ fourth straight week against an opponent ranked in the top six nationally. They’ve already faced North Dakota, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth, and now they’re finally at the end of the difficult stretch with Boston University.“I think it’s been great that we’ve been playing all these hard teams,” senior captain Hilary Knight said. “It tests us and builds our character, and it makes us that much more hungry for the puck and different opportunities on the ice. Instilling those habits now will put us in a good position later.”The Badgers’ Friday and Saturday afternoon games against BU happen to be during Halloween weekend in Madison, but head coach, Mark Johnson knows that Halloween is just another weekend. He expects upperclassmen like Knight to set a good example for the freshmen on how to handle it.“It’s craziness, and Halloween here is kind of its own monster,” Knight said. “But we’ve got a responsible group and as long as we come up big tomorrow and continue to show up on Saturday, I don’t think Halloween will be a distraction.”A huge bright spot for UW this season has been the play of goalie Alex Rigsby. Rigsby has won defensive player of the week honors in the WCHA the past two weeks after her impressive performances against Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth. She holds a very remarkable .930 save percentage and is second in the nation with 198 saves this season.While Rigsby has been extremely impressive and Wisconsin has started the season 7-1, the team knows they still have areas to improve on.One phase of the Badgers’ game that Johnson and the players have put particular emphasis on is starting strong and staying consistent throughout the game. They’ve had multiple games in conference play where they have put themselves in a hole by falling behind. Johnson talked about the importance of playing BU tough throughout the entire game.“[The players] consistency from the start of the game till the end of the game and not having any hiccups or blinks as you go through that 60 minutes is the ultimate goal of any coaching staff,” Johnson said. “When you’re playing good competition, you’re going to contend in your end. You’re going to have to bend things a little bit and just hope you don’t break and give up goals. For the most part, we’ve done pretty good up to this point, but we need to continue to work at those things.”As with most teams, Wisconsin is prepared to get BU’s best shot this weekend. The schools’ only ever meeting was in last year’s NCAA championship game when the Badgers knocked off the Terriers 4-1. Boston, like many of the Badgers’ other opponents, will surely want revenge for how its season ended.“The biggest thing with the national championship from last year was that we beat BU in their last game,” Knight said. “Fortunately for us we went on and won the national championship, but for them to come here, they’re going to have that much more fire in their belly.”Knowing how determined BU will be for payback, Knight reiterated how they’ll need to play well from the beginning of the game.“I think we’re using their momentum as a key for us to come out in the first period, first minute and really focus in and play hockey, and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”
Unai Emery’s Gunners have now won 11 games in a row in all competitions — the club’s best run since 2007 — and are on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League last 32.Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan dropped their first points in Group F as goals from Antonio Sanabria and Giovani Lo Celso, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, earned Betis a famous 2-1 win in Italy.Patrick Cutrone grabbed a consolation for Milan who finished the game with 10 men after Samuel Castillejo saw red for the hosts in injury time.Olympiakos beat Dudelange of Luxembourg 2-0 in the group’s other fixture, while there was more misery for Brendan Rodgers and Scottish champions Celtic in Germany.Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha and Portugal winger Bruma, who scored against Scotland in a friendly this month, were both on target in the first half as RB Leipzig won 2-0.Salzburg picked up a third successive victory to stay top of Group B as Munas Dabbur netted twice in a 3-0 defeat of bottom side Rosenborg. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Danny Welbeck celebrates netting the winner for Arsenal in LisbonPARIS, France, Oct 25 – Danny Welbeck pounced on a defensive lapse to snatch a 1-0 victory for Arsenal at Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday, while seven-time European champions AC Milan crashed to a home defeat by Real Betis.England forward Welbeck struck a 78th-minute winner in Portugal as he punished a mistake by former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates to hand Arsenal a third win in three matches in Group E.