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Remembering Our Greatest Modern Comic, Robin Williams

By John Wharton

Robin Williams

The world mourns the loss of one of our generation’s greatest talents as Robin Williams is laid to rest. From shy stand-up comic and TV sitcom star as Mork, to global superstar winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, he remains one of our best-loved talents. This week, Shelter Theater pays homage to the work of this comic genius, who joins Michael Jackson and other entertainment legends for whom the price of fame was too high.

Sunday, August 24, at 5pm, our week of Williams’ works begins with Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh’s magnificent interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic with appearances by Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Julie Christie, Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Charleton Heston and of course, Robin Williams. Says The Los Angeles Times, “With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard’s greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen.” The New York Times agrees saying, “Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet.” 50 pesos.

Tuesday, August 26, at 5pm, Shelter’s documentary series features Robin Williams’ touching recounting of Vietnam vets’ letters home with Dear America. “A first-rate job,” says New York Times reviewer Vicent Canby while The Los Angeles Times calls the documentary, “The first film about Vietnam to come to us free of bias, free of rhetoric.” 50 pesos.

Wednesday, August 27, we highlight Williams’ film work with two of his finest, first his comedy hit, Good Morning, Vietnam at 5pm, followed by Good Will Hunting at 7:30pm. Says Vincent Canby of The New York Times, “Williams’ performance, though it’s full of uproarious comedy, is the work of an accomplished actor… one man’s tour de force.” See his films as they were meant to be seen, on downtown San Miguel’s largest screen. 40 pesos each, both films for 70 pesos.

Please join us Tuesdays at 7pm as well for Open Mic, your chance to support local talent. Every week, San Miguel’s performing artists take to the stage to show their latest work. Scenes from Robin Williams’ work will be featured by our local actors; so come help us remember this great American comic!

Sun, Aug 24, 5pm
50 pesos
Dear America
Tue, Aug 26, 5pm
50 pesos

Good Morning, Vietnam
Wed, Aug 27, 5pm
Good Will Hunting
Wed, Aug 27, 7:30pm
Both films 70 pesos, each 40

All events at The Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. Santa Julia

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