April 3, 1991 |
The pace of its development having speeded up a lot lately, the Pacific Theatre Ensemble can be counted on for one thing: not to repeat itself, not these days. It has expanded, acquiring a new space adjacent to the old one on Venice Boulevard in Venice.
July 8, 1988
Seven of the eight actors who will appear in Neil Simon's new farce, "Rumors," scheduled to open at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre on Sept. 22, were announced Thursday. The characters include four couples, all of them attending the 10th anniversary celebration for a fifth, unseen couple. Real-life marrieds Ron Leibman and Jessica Walter will play opposite each other, as will Andre Gregory and Joyce Van Patten, and Christine Baranski and Mark Nelson.
April 3, 2005
In the feature on stage director Andre Gregory ["Repast Is Prologue," March 20], Gregory made reference to a 1967 production of "Tartuffe," staged while he was at the helm of the Inner City Cultural Center. He said, "It managed to offend just about everybody.... The kids loved it." Guess what? I was one of the kids who saw that production. It was the first play I'd ever seen. The opportunity arose as a result of a social experiment in which Franklin High School, and other L.A. city high schools, participated.
October 7, 1990 |
Marlee Matlin, the hearing-impaired actress who won a best-actress Oscar for "Children of a Lesser God" (1987), has taken a "small part"--only two weeks work--in "The Linguini Incident." And producer Arnold Orgolini still seems bowled over that he's landed Matlin--and other name talent--for his "under $4-million" picture. When "Linguini" begins filming shortly in downtown L.A., Matlin will join star Rosanna Arquette and co-stars David Bowie, Kelly Lynch, Andre Gregory and Shelley Winters.
May 1, 1992 |
Richard Shepard's lively and amusing "The Linguini Incident" (at selected theaters) is that rarity, a contemporary screwball comedy that actually works. It brings to mind "A Fish Called Wanda" both in its off-the-wall humor and in its equally distinctive cast. Indeed, it plays as if feature debuting director Richard Shepard and his co-writer, Tamar Brott, had created each role especially for the actor who plays it.
April 26, 1988 |
There's no denying the oddness of the name--the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Nor is there any question about leader and chief composer Simon Jeffes' fascinating range of credentials. He has collaborated with everyone from Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols to Twyla Tharp and Andre Gregory. So the group's arrival Saturday night at the Japan America Theater as part of the UK/LA '88 Festival seemed to promise an eclectic listening experience.