CHICAGO — More than two decades after she last hit the stage in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” Os- car-nominated Diane Lane is back in a Chicago production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth.”
Lane stars opposite Broadway actor Finn Wittrock at the Goodman Theatre in the production that runs through Oct. 28. She portrays an older woman being used by a younger man to win back his ex-lover.
“I think that timing is everything in terms of the readiness for taking on a new challenge,” Lane said. “A show this large and a role this demanding, certainly I’ve made jokes about it: midlife crisis martyrdom or empty-nest freakout. It’s sort of now or never.”
The actress, 47, is best known for major films like “The Perfect Storm,” “Unfaithful” and “Secretariat.” But Lane said she grew up with a theatrical background. Visit www.goodman theatre.org
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Willie Nelson has proven to be one of America’s most prolific songwriters. Turns out he’s no slouch when it comes to memoirs, either: He has a new one due in November.
Nelson will release “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” on Nov. 13. Publisher William Morrow says the American music icon will tell never-before-heard stories about his life, family, music, politics, Texas and religion.
The book will include art by son Micah. Nelson published an autobiography in 1988.
WASHINGTON — If you have a hardcore “Sherlock” fan, mark November on the calendar. That’s when a limit-ed-edition of the United Kingdom board game Cluedo, or Clue as it is known in the U.S., will be released featuring the popular mystery series.
“Sherlock,” a modern retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, has been a global TV hit for the BBC. In the U.S., where the second season premiered on PBS in May, it had 3.2 million viewers, and more online.
The game’s version will be tied to episodes of “Sherlock.” The victim is villain Jim Moriarty, and locations used include the Tower of London and 221B Baker St. Besides Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, characters include dominatrix Irene Adler, Detective Inspector Lestrade, Holmes’ long-suffering landlady Mrs. Hudson, and his mysterious brother, Mycroft.
It will cost roughly $50. It should be available to purchase online at U.K. vendors.
Freeman will be in movie theaters as Bilbo Baggins in the December release “The Hobbit.” Cumberbatch will appear in the film, so to speak, as the dragon Smaug.
NEW YORK — Two of Nora Ephron’s early essay collections are returning to print. Vintage Books announced that “Crazy Salad” and “Scribble, Scribble” will be released in a single volume Oct. 16. Long out of print, both will be reissued in paperback and e-books. Ephron died in June.