"From what we can gather from statements from both parties is that the Albee Estate wanted full approval of the casting of this show. Once they saw that an African-American was cast as Nick, they requested that he be recast as a white man, when the director refuses, the shows rights are revoked. While the Albee Estate is using the ADVERTISING(probably casting notice) with a black actor as the reason they are stating a violation of the agreement, it's pretty clear that the reason is because of the black actor who was cast as Nick. It appears as though Mr. Albee, for at least professional productions, wants that role to remain white."
Conservators from the Manchester Museum painstakingly removed a century of grime from around 25 objects used as life science teaching aids ahead of an exhibition opening this month that presents them as works of art. The treated pieces, many of which have never been on display before, are from the University of Manchesters collection. They will be exhibited alongside pieces from Liverpools World Museum and those collected by George Loudon, a retired UK banker who amassed a sizable collection of contemporary art before turning his attention to 19th-century scientific models. The show marks the public debut of Loudons collection.
Solvents were used to pick dirt from the surface of a 19th-century yeast model made of gelatin and produced in Germany by Robert and Reinhold Brendel, a father and son team known for their botanical models made from everything from papier mch to gelatin. A smoke sponge was used to remove soot from a work on paper from 1872 that shows a panorama of the Grand Canyon in the US. But for Sam Sporton, a senior curator at the museum, it was cleaning the intricate glass models made by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka that proved to be the greatest revelation. Now you can appreciate the skill involved in creating these incredible pieces, she says.
Object Lessons, Manchester Museum, 19 May-20 August
"In the revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, the actors alternate between playing the lead role (the cunning, assertive Regina Giddens) and a supporting one (Regina's timid, abused sister-in-law, Birdie). ... In a free-flowing conversation at BuzzFeed's New York headquarters, the actors talked about taking on this unique challenge, as well as their thoughts on the theater at large, aging, and roles for women over 40."
Mind you, this wasn't a telecast of the theatre performance; decades' experience has shown that those can be just dandy. (Yes, yes, it's not the same as being there. Not everyone can get there.) This was a BBC television adaptation, with television conventions. Yes, sometimes that can work; Time Out London theatre editor Andrzej Lukowski analyzes why, for this play in particular, it did not.