Date & Judges Set for 2014 Obie Awards, Honoring Off-Broadway

first_img The event’s host and presenters will be announced in due course. View Comments Unlike most awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. Joining Pinkins and Feingold on the panel will be Voice critic Alexis Soloski, musical theater writer Kristen Childs, La MaMa director of programming Nicky Paraiso, writer Michael Sommers and fight director Rick Sordelet.center_img The 59th annual Village Voice Obie Awards will be presented on May 19 at a ceremony to be held at Webster Hall. The event honors outstanding achievement in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway and this year’s judging panel will include Tony winner Tonya Pinkins. Michael Feingold, chief theater critic for the Voice, will serve as Obie Chairman.last_img

Will WWE cancel WrestleMania 36? Florida county could make decision for Vince McMahon

first_imgHillsborough County commissioner Les Miller told Fox 13 in Tampa, Fla., that he’d “probably” have to cancel WrestleMania 36 if WWE doesn’t choose to do so because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event is set to take place April 5 at Raymond James Stadium.”I’m hoping that [WWE chairman and CEO] Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves, but a week from now if they’ve not done that and we’re still in the situation we’re in, we’ll probably have to pull the plug on that,” Miller told Fox 13 on Thursday. Rewatch classic fights on DAZNMiller’s comments align with those of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said that cities and counties in the state should cancel large gatherings over the next 30 days to limit the spread of the virus. WrestleMania 36 is expected to bring approximately 70,000 people from around the world to Raymond James Stadium.Sporting News reached out to WWE for an update on the status of WrestleMania 36. The company pointed back to the statement it shared Thursday: “While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is canceled by government officials, civil authorities, and/or local venues.” On Friday, WWE continued on the road toward WrestleMania by holding “SmackDown” without fans in attendance at its performance center in Orlando. WWE hyped its biggest annual event throughout the show, operating as if WrestleMania 36 will still take place.A source close to the situation told Sporting News that the standoff between the county and WWE is a “high stakes game of chicken.””I commend every sports franchise for erring on the side of caution,” Hillsborough County sheriff Chad Chronister told Fox 13. “I hope the WWE follows suit. I don’t ever want to see people put profit over public safety.”last_img read more

Mourinho’s cautious Man Utd tactics win few admirers

first_imgThe Spaniard was forced into eight saves, including one remarkable stop from a point-blank Luis Muriel header just before half-time that was so spectacular the Colombian striker congratulated United’s number one as they left the field at the break.However, the result did not spare Mourinho from criticism, after he set his stall out from the start by leaving Paul Pogba on the bench for a workmanlike midfield three of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and 21-year-old Scott McTominay.Injury to Herrera forced Mourinho to introduce Pogba after just 17 minutes but even the French midfielder’s talents, for which United paid Juventus £89 million ($124 million) 18 months ago, failed to inspire a visiting side playing to strict instructions.A team also containing the attacking talents of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku had just one shot on target all evening at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium and even that was a tame McTominay strike from outside the box that was easily beaten away by Sergio Rico.But Mourinho reacted angrily when asked whether he is betraying United’s rich tradition of attacking football, most recently during Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden 27 years in charge.“The next time I see David Beckham, I’m going to ask him ‘David, when you were playing right wing in Manchester United, when the left-back attacked, do you stay looking at the stands or you come back with the guy?’” said Mourinho.“Now it looks like all the good players, they have to play free… which I think is such a stupid thing to say,” he added.“The winning teams, the top teams in the world now, not 10 years ago, or 20 or 30, now, the top teams, everybody works, everybody has tactical discipline,” he said.– Pogba focus –Mourinho was also irritated at the focus on the absence of Pogba from his starting line-up.“In my pre-match interview I had four questions and three were about Paul, and Paul was not even playing,” he said. “That’s a bit strange.”The United manager even hugged a TV reporter who asked him a question about McTominay, relieved it was not another about the French midfielder.Sevilla, who conceded more goals than any other side that reached the last 16 of the Champions League, did not have their defensive weaknesses exposed by a cautious United team.“Mourinho, look how hard it is to win when you don’t want to,” Spanish sports daily Marca headlined its match report, in a withering criticism of the former Real Madrid coach’s tactics.It was a performance thrown into an even harsher light by the free-flowing attacking intent showed by Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on the road in the Champions League last week.“Compared to other teams in our league in this competition they are not as pleasing on the eye,” said former United defender Rio Ferdinand.“But they grind out results and in Europe I would be very satisfied with that and think ‘we will beat them at home’.“Sometimes it can’t be pretty and it can’t always be free-flowing. There have been times this season United have played well but they aren’t as consistent in those performances of other teams.”However, the tactics were in keeping with Mourinho’s cautious approach against the stronger sides away from home this season.Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho was happy with the result in Seville but not the questions before and after the game © AFP / JORGE GUERREROIn trips to Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Sevilla, United have managed zero goals and a total of just seven shots on target.That heaps the pressure on Mourinho to be far more daring with Chelsea and Liverpool visiting Old Trafford in the Premier League before the second leg against Sevilla on March 13 as he seeks to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sevilla forward Luis Muriel could not believe United goalie David de Gea had saved a close-range header © AFP / JORGE GUERREROLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Spain with a precious clean sheet but few admirers after an uninspiring 0-0 Champions League draw with Sevilla that featured a limp attacking display.It could have been a bleak night for Mourinho and United but for the heroics of goalkeeper David de Gea, who produced a dazzling display on Wednesday.last_img read more