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Summer Splash

Critic's Theater Picks

May 25, 2000|MICHAEL PHILLIPS

Summer comes but once every four seasons or so. So? Statistically, the proof's in: It's as good a season as any to indulge your theatergoing lech.

Among other prospects, the summer of '00 heralds the return (after a five-year break) of the Mark Taper Forum's Taper, Too series, held at the Actors' Gang. Out of the lineup jumps a 16-headed hydra known as "The Square." It's an intriguing amalgam of 16 short plays--by, among others, David Henry Hwang, Maria Irene Fornes, Jose Rivera, Mac Wellman and co-conceiver Chay Yew--set in and around L.A.'s Chinatown. Co-creator Lisa Peterson directs these variations on a theme and investigations of a malleable symbol. "The Square" previews June 29 and 30, opens July 1 and runs through July 16 at the Actors' Gang, 5201 Santa Monica Blvd., in little old Hollywood.

Meantime, an unusual Broadway musical that didn't survive the New York spring--but won many admirers--stops by the Ahmanson Theatre for a visitation. "James Joyce's The Dead" sets the Joyce story (filmed, eloquently, by John Huston) to music redolent of an Irish parlor and the fragrance of memory. Replacing a postponed "Finian's Rainbow" revival, "The Dead" opens officially July 19 and runs through Sept. 3.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday May 26, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction
Theater address--The address for Actors' Gang, where "The Square" opens July 1, is 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. An incorrect address was reported in Thursday's Calendar Weekend.

Subtitled "A Greek Tragedy Hijack," Cornerstone Theatre's latest, "An Antigone Story," received a workshop premiere earlier this year at the Getty Center. Now Shishir Kurop's futuristic riff on some ageless bad tidings reemerges, in a full production, at the downtown Subway Terminal Building July 29-Aug. 20.

Hie thee hence.

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