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August 29, 2009
More 'Mary': Center Theatre Group has extended the run of the musical "Mary Poppins" by four weeks. The show begins at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown Nov. 13 and will now play through Feb. 7.
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June 20, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
Hearing the news of the death of actor James Gandolfini, Culture Monster checked in with Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie, whom he worked with before and after "The Sopranos. " Gandolfini starred in Yasmina Reza's play "God of Carnage" on Broadway with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. The play was a major hit on Broadway, and all four actors were nominated for best actor Tony awards. After the four left the cast (the play briefly closed, but then continued on Broadway with different actors)
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September 11, 2012 | By David Ng
The nominations for the 2011-2012 Ovation Awards were announced Tuesday evening. Leading the way were Center Theatre Group with 29 nominations, followed by the Celebration Theatre and Musical Theatre West, with 16 nominations each. Productions that received the most nominations included the Celebration's staging of the musical " The Color Purple " with 13 nominations; Danai Gurira's new play " The Convert ," at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with 11; David Lindsay-Abaire's " Good People ," at the Geffen Playhouse, with eight; and the revival of Samuel Beckett's " Waiting for Godot ," at the Mark Taper Forum, also with eight.
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June 13, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
“If you ever discover that what you're seeing is a play within a play, just slow down, take a deep breath, and hold on for the ride of your life.” I fondly remembered this line, my favorite of Jack Handey's “Deep Thoughts,” while watching the 2Cents Theatre Group's production of “Private Eyes: A Comedy of Suspicion” at the Hudson Theatre. Steven Dietz's 1996 dark comedy tells a tale of adultery among a group of theater people in an ever-dissolving sequence of plays within plays within plays.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
By some measures, L.A.'s Center Theatre Group is the busiest nonprofit stage company in the nation - and it's the biggest by far outside Manhattan. But now this theatrical giant is in serious need of more than a little help from its friends. The 2012-13 fiscal year that ends June 30 is expected to yield the fifth consecutive splash of red ink since mid-2008 for the company that runs the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Artistic director Michael Ritchie and managing director Edward Rada said in a recent interview that they expect a $500,000 loss - after four years in which deficits totaled $15 million, or $3.76 million a year.
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October 23, 2008 | Times staff writer
Acknowledging that "the days ahead are belt-tightening days for all of us," Center Theatre Group said Wednesday it would make 100,000 tickets available at $20 each for the 2008-09 season at its three venues. The $20 tickets are available now for "Spring Awakening" at the Ahmanson Theatre and for "The School of Night" at the Mark Taper Forum, both of which begin previews in downtown L.A. next week. They will go on sale Sunday for "The Little Dog Laughed" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
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November 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
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March 6, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Center Theatre Group is the big winner of the 21st annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards being announced today. Center Theatre Group, which captured 12 of the 30 awards given for outstanding achievement in theater in 1989, staged a remarkable comeback from last year, when the Music Center's resident companies received only one award. It won five awards for the Mark Taper Forum's "Stand-Up Tragedy"--the most for any single production--including an outstanding production honor.
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December 14, 1999 | PATT DIROLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I went to a marvelous party. I must say the fun was intense. We all had to do what the people we knew would be doing a hundred years hence. . . ." --Noel Coward * Wouldn't Noel Coward have loved what people are doing--celebrating the centennial of his birth? The renowned playwright-composer-lyricist-actor-novelist, who often called himself "that rather splendid old Chinese character actress," died in 1973. He would be 100 years old Thursday.
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June 12, 2013 | By David Ng
The second edition of RADAR L.A.-- the Los Angeles festival dedicated to contemporary theater from around the world -- is scheduled to begin Sept. 24 and will feature a number of presitigious companies, including the critically acclaimed British group Complicite.  RADAR 2013 will be presented by REDCAT at Disney Hall and the California Institute of the Arts in partnership with Center Theatre Group. As was the case with the festival's inaugural 2011 version, this year's lineup will be split evenly between local and international productions, according to a spokeswoman.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
By some measures, L.A.'s Center Theatre Group is the busiest nonprofit stage company in the nation - and it's the biggest by far outside Manhattan. But now this theatrical giant is in serious need of more than a little help from its friends. The 2012-13 fiscal year that ends June 30 is expected to yield the fifth consecutive splash of red ink since mid-2008 for the company that runs the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Artistic director Michael Ritchie and managing director Edward Rada said in a recent interview that they expect a $500,000 loss - after four years in which deficits totaled $15 million, or $3.76 million a year.
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April 1, 2013 | By David Ng
Chaz Bono has starred in his own documentary ("Becoming Chaz"), appeared on reality TV (ABC's "Dancing With the Stars") and authored a book ("Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man"). He's now expanded his resume by appearing onstage in a short musical parody of the cult movie "Road House" at the Celebration Theatre near West Hollywood. "Road House: The Rock Opera" is a short -- about a half-hour long -- send-up of the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie.  Bono plays the role of Tinker, originally played by actor John Young. A spokesperson for the stage production said that Bono sings in the show.
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December 1, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?" - Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol. " At the box office there is no "Bah! Humbug!" The recompense that two big Southern California theaters reap from Christmas plays would quiet even Ebenezer Scrooge's scoffing. But the holiday-theater franchises that the Old Globe in San Diego and South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa enjoy have eluded - or gone unsought by - L.A.'s four biggest nonprofit stage companies.
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November 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By David Ng
The nominations for the 2011-2012 Ovation Awards were announced Tuesday evening. Leading the way were Center Theatre Group with 29 nominations, followed by the Celebration Theatre and Musical Theatre West, with 16 nominations each. Productions that received the most nominations included the Celebration's staging of the musical " The Color Purple " with 13 nominations; Danai Gurira's new play " The Convert ," at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with 11; David Lindsay-Abaire's " Good People ," at the Geffen Playhouse, with eight; and the revival of Samuel Beckett's " Waiting for Godot ," at the Mark Taper Forum, also with eight.
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July 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Citing a "scheduling conflict," Center Theatre Group has announced that Joe Mantello will no longer direct its upcoming production of "Other Desert Cities," which was nominated for five Tony awards during its recent Broadway run under Mantello's direction. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, "Other Desert Cities" will now be directed by Robert Egan, who was producing director at the Taper for 20 seasons before his departure in 2003, and directed its New Work Festival. Egan is currently artistic director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
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June 7, 2012 | By David Ng
John Hurt performing Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" will be among the highlights of the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Thursday by Center Theatre Group. The season will feature a total of five main productions, including the world premiere of the plays “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez and "The Nether" by Jennifer Haley.  Opening the season will be "Elephant Room" (Aug. 22 to Sept. 16), an ensemble piece that will make its West Coast premiere.
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