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San Diego Spotlight: STAGE / NANCY CHURNIN

Recall Mickey Finn Show? It's Stomping Back to S.D.

June 08, 1990|NANCY CHURNIN

Kern said she plans to introduce stipends to Coronado Playhouse artists for the first time in the company's history and plans to produce at least one original show a year, possibly developed from the staged reading program.

PROGRAM NOTES: Several years ago, when Carlos X. Pena presented "Pvt. Wars," it was a one-act play about three combat veterans returning home, by James McLure. Now McLure has expanded the play to full length and Pena will produce, perform and direct in the show at the Progressive Stage Company, June 14-July 22. . . .

Just because you're small, doesn't mean you have to think small. Southeast Community Theatre acquired the rights to the San Diego premiere of August Wilson's "Fences" and did a commendable job with Wilson's Tony and first Pulitzer-Prize winner. Now another community theater, Octad-One will present the San Diego premiere of a hit movie and off-Broadway show, "Steel Magnolias," tonight through July 8, in its new 49-seat space at 3450 College Ave., in the College Grove shopping center. Octad-One will follow up with "Romeo and Juliet," as its annual free Shakespeare offering in the El Cajon Plaza Amphitheatre, July 7-Aug. 26. . . .

San Diego Theatre League's interpreted series for the hearing impaired continues with the Patio Playhouse production of "Wiley and the Hairy Man" Sunday at 2 p.m.

TONY TALK: It is becoming increasingly obvious that regional theater is where the best of Broadway is developed. San Diego theatergoers had the opportunity to see two Tony-nominees before they went to Broadway: "The Grapes of Wrath" at La Jolla Playhouse and "The Piano Lesson" at Old Globe Theatre. "The Grapes of Wrath" got the Tony and "The Piano Lesson"--no slouch--walked away with the Pulitzer.

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