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Pack of Lies is a 1983 play by English writer Hugh Whitemore. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto:   (the Royal motto3) (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the Queen 4 Capital London Most populous conurbation Greater London Urban Area English (de facto5) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen HM Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister The Rt Hon Anthony Blair MP (Labour) Formation    - Union of the Crowns...


Based on a true story, the plot centers on Bob and Barbara Jackson (in real life Bill and Ruth Search) and their daughter Julie (in real life Gay), a television reporter and newspaper journalist in the UK. The Jacksons are friendly with their neighbors, Peter and Helen Kroger, until the couple is arrested and charged with espionage in 1961. It is revealed the Krogers actually are Morris and Lona Cohen, who during the 1950s and 60s worked with fellow spy Gordon Lonsdale (called Stewart in the play), photographing and encoding as microdots various pieces of material which they then sent to their colleagues in Russia. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Espionage is the practice of obtaining information about an organization or a society that is considered secret or confidential (spying) without the permission of the holder of the information. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Morris Cohen Illegal London Rezident 1950 - 1954 Morris Cohen a. ... Lona Cohen, was an American citizen and member of the Communist Party of the United States of America CPUSA. She was recruited into Soviet espionage by her husband Morris Cohen. ... Konon Trofimovich Molody (1922-1970) was a Russian spy, better known in the West as Gordon Lonsdale. ...


The original West End production, starring Judi Dench and her husband, Michael Williams, as the Jacksons, opened on October 26, 1983 at the Lyric Theatre, where it ran for nearly a year. Dench won the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actress for her performance. // West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award-winning English actress. ... Michael Leonard Williams (9 July 1935 – 11 January 2001) was a British actor. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... Lyric Theatre is a common name for performing-arts houses, including: Australia Lyric Theatre Brisbane, Queensland Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales U.S. Lyric Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ...


After five previews, the Broadway production opened on February 7, 1985 at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for 120 performances. The cast included Rosemary Harris, George N. Martin, and Tracy Pollan as the Jacksons, Dana Ivey and Colin Fox as the Cohens, and Patrick McGoohan as Stewart. Both Harris and McGoohan were nominated for a Tony Award, and she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Royale Theatre is located on 45th Street in Manhattans Theatre District. ... Rosemary Harris (born on September 19, 1927 in Ashby, Suffolk, England) is an English actress most famous for her role as May Parker in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. ... Tracy Pollan and her husband Michael J. Fox. ... Colin Fox Colin Fox (born June 17, 1959) is the convenor of the Scottish Socialist Party, and a member for Lothian in the Scottish Parliament. ... Patrick McGoohan as Number Six in The Prisoner Patrick Joseph McGoohan (born March 19, 1928 in Astoria, Queens, New York) is an American-born Irish actor who starred in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US) and cult classic The Prisoner. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...


In 1987, Whitemore (under the name Ralph Gallup) adapted his play for an American television production starring Ellen Burstyn, Alan Bates, Teri Garr, and Daniel Benzali. It received three Emmy Award nominations, for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Burstyn), and Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Alan Bates as butler in Gosford Park (2001) Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, (February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003) was a British actor. ... Teri Garr (born December 11, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio) is a United States actor. ... Daniel Benzali (born January 20, 1950 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil) is an American actor of television, film and theater. ... An Emmy Award. ...


External link

  • Internet Broadway Database listing
  • Internet Movie Database listing

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Pack of Lies - New York Times (713 words)
The notion of the “alpha pack leader” dominating all other pack members is derived from studies of captive packs of unrelated wolves and thus bears no relationship to the social structure of natural packs, according to L. David Mech, one of the world’s leading wolf experts.
In the wild, the alpha wolves are merely the breeding pair, and the pack is generally comprised of their juvenile offspring and pups.
“The typical wolf pack,” Dr. Mech wrote in The Canadian Journal of Zoology in 1999, “is a family, with the adult parents guiding the activities of a group in a division-of-labor system.” In a natural wolf pack, “dominance contests with other wolves are rare, if they exist at all,” he writes.
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