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Phillipa Soo & Marton Csokas to Join Uma Thurman & More in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman

first_img Related Shows Phillipa Soo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) ParTony nominee Phillipa Soo and The Lord of the Rings’ Marton Csokas have joined the starry lineup of Beau Willimon’s Broadway-debut play, The Parisian Woman! Soo and Csokas will play the roles of Rebecca and Peter, respectively, in the previously announced new work that begins previews on November 7 and opens on November 30 at the Hudson Theatre.Tony winner Pam MacKinnon directs The Parisian Woman, which also stars Uma Thurman as Chloe, Josh Lucas as Tom and Tony winner Blair Brown as Jeanette Simpson, mom to Soo’s character. The Parisian Woman is set in Washington, D.C. and centers on Chloe (Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage to Tom (Lucas) and an uncertain future.Phillipa Soo is a Tony nominee for Hamilton who was most recently seen on Broadway in Amélie (helmed by Parisian Woman director MacKinnon). Soo originated the role of Natasha in the off-Broadway premiere of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, earning a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance.Marton Csokas makes his Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman. He is best known for his role as Lord Celeborn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. His numerous screen credits include Loving, The Equalizer, Into the Badlands, the upcoming films Mark Felt, Burn Your Maps and many more.The Parisian Woman will include scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, projections by Darrel Maloney as well as sound design and original compositions by Broken Chord. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2018center_img The Parisian Woman View Commentslast_img read more

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Behind the ISIS group that ambushed US forces in Niger

first_imgdikobraziy/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Defense Intelligence Agency assesses it is “highly likely” that the group behind the ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. service members was ISIS in the Greater Sahara, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News.Other terror groups operate in that region, but none have claimed the Oct. 4 attack, the official said.Why US troops are in NigerThe recent death of four U.S. troops in Niger has highlighted the American military presence in West Africa.U.S. Army Green Berets are in Niger as part of a counterterrorism mission to train that country’s military to help fight Islamic extremist groups, including ISIS in the Greater Sahara, in neighboring countries like Mali.What is ISIS in the Greater Sahara?ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) was established in 2015 after the group’s current leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, broke from an al-Qaeda group and pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.According to the Pentagon, ISIS leaders in Syria have acknowledged al-Sahrawi’s allegiance through their Amaq news agency, but ISGS “has not been formally recognized as an official branch of ISIS.”The group’s first confirmed terror attack occurred in September of last year when fighters targeted a customs post in Burkina Faso.Since then, the group has continued to carry out attacks against regional security forces in Burkina Faso and Niger, as well as in Mali, where ISGS targets pro-government militias that support the French and United Nations forces in that area.The Pentagon said ISGS typically uses “small arms and mortars to conduct ambushes and complex attacks.”What other terrorist groups operate in the area?Since 2015, the al-Qaeda-aligned Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) has conducted attacks killing Westerners at hotels in Bamako, Mali, Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, and Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire.The Pentagon said there is a high risk of kidnapping in the region due to the operation of extremists groups like ISGS and JNIM.In October 2016, JNIM abducted an American aid worker from his home in Abalak, Niger. He is one of six hostages believed to be currently held by JNIM.The others are from Australia, Romania, Switzerland, Colombia, and France. All were abducted in Burkina Faso, Niger or Mali.“JNIM recently released two Western hostages held for over five years, and received multi-million dollar ransoms for each,” the Pentagon said.Another terror group in the region is Boko Haram, a pledged ISIS affiliate, which operates in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Ben calls time on playing career

first_imgBy Russell Bennett No one could ever doubt the passion Ben Collins has for the Kooweerup Football Club. It was…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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A $1,000 vow

first_imgWHAT would you do for $1000? For Nar Nar Goon’s Tim Manning it was the case of a simple request…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Galway United 1-2 Shamrock Rovers – FAI Cup 1/4 final reaction

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email There was heartbreak for Galway United last night in their FAI Cup quarter-final at home to Shamrock Rovers when they lost out 2-1 thanks to an injury-time winner from Lee Grace for the visitors. United led at half time 1-0 courtesy of a Maurice Nugent only for Aaron Greene to level just before the hour mark and just when it seemed a replay was on the cards, Grace nodded home the winner. Galway United manager Alan Murphy told Mike Rafferty he couldn’t be prouder of his side’s effort…last_img read more

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