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Against all odds, what appears to be Samuel Clemens’ signature from his youth has turned up, scrawled on the wall of the Missouri cave he made famous in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
The Mark Twain play, directed by Jerry Uppinghouse, opens Friday and runs through June 24.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most decorated actors in television history. She holds the record for the most Emmys ever won by a single performer – 11 total, six of which were consecutive wins for “Veep” – as well as a Peabody Award, Golden Globe and nine Screen Actors Guild awards. This fall, she will add the most prestigious award in comedy to her collection: the Kennedy Center’s 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
In an evening filled with jokes about Bill Murray’s elusiveness and quirky personality, it was David Letterman who provided the most touching moment as Murray was honored with the nation’s top prize for comedy.
Hal Holbrook has had the kind of career all performers dream of: He’s worked with luminaries of the stage and screen, and he’s been doing it consistently for six decades. But Holbrook is probably best known for a role he originated back in the early 1950s: Mark Twain. Holbrook’s Tony Award- winning one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight!” makes its way to Spokane this weekend, and it features the actor as the great American novelist reading selections from the author’s acerbic, witty essays and editorials.
In the “Believe It or Not” Department, the Coeur d’Alene School Board will decide whether Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper” is appropriate reading in eighth-grade classrooms. Before you dial the district office, however, there’s more to the story. Seems the Coeur d’Alene School District is saddled with a policy requiring a review of all novels planned for class consumption. The books are reviewed by an ad hoc committee and then face a 30-day public review. That’s the fallout from the 2008 patron outcry, in some circles, against “Snow Falling on Cedars,” the award-winning novel by David Guterson, which contained some sexual references.
Even though May’s monthlong pledge drive to save Interplayers Theatres was a success, Interplayers isn’t done fundraising. The Spokane combo 6 Foot Swing will perform at a fundraising dance party on Friday at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. The evening will feature dancing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and raffles.
Interplayers’ scheduled production of “Mark Twain: On Man and His World” starring veteran Hollywood actor Jerry Hardin has been canceled.
Mark Twain is back on the best-seller list, 100 years after his death, and at least two people are laughing. One is Hal Holbrook, chortling merrily during a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. The other is Twain himself.