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August 29, 2004
The date of the memorial service for theatrical director, producer, writer and actor Charles Rome Smith, originally Sept. 26, has been changed. The service is now planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles.
September 23, 1989
Regarding Martin Bernheimer's criticisms of "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny," as produced by the Music Center Opera (" 'Mahagonny' Goes Hollywood," Sept. 12): I was the associate producer of the 1970 production of "Mahagonny" in New York with Barbara Harris and Estelle Parsons and gifted producer-director Carmen Capalbo. He too attempted to contemporize certain elements of the opera, which resulted in injunctions, arbitration and talented people calling each other vile names.
May 14, 2001 |
As the program states, Theatre West's wan production of "The Threepenny Opera" is "based on the famous off-Broadway production at New York's Theatre de Lys." The director is Charles Rome Smith, who appeared in that celebrated 1954 sensation. The Marc Blitzstein adaptation of the 1928 landmark work by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht--well, Brecht and various uncredited collaborators--has since been bettered by other versions in English. But it's still stage-worthy.
November 4, 1999
Theater Geoff Elliott is love-struck Cyrano in A Noise Within's production of the romantic classic "Cyrano de Bergerac," closing Sunday at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles. Tonight at 8; Sunday, 2 and 8 p.m. $26 to $30. (818) 546-1924; (323) 224-6420.
September 28, 2001 |
The name Ray Bradbury may conjure up visions of burning books and the colonization of Mars, but the author's "Falling Upward! Or to Eire is Human, to Forbid Divine" at Theatre West in Hollywood isn't a dark futuristic tale. Instead, Bradbury has delivered a gentle yarn, an Irish fable that centers on a particular bar in a small Irish town. Minor events--including a visit from some sun-kissed fairies and a humorous funeral--become greatly enhanced by whimsical storytelling.
October 7, 1999
* Theater. John Saxon heads the cast in "Talk About Money," Bruce Goldsmith's drama set in the cutthroat world of high finance, opening Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Tiffany Theater, 8532 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Playing Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. in an open-end run. $27.50 to $32.50. (310) 289-2999. * Art.