CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1998 |
Hoping to complete funding for a new performing arts theater, city officials here are seeking a donor to give his or her name--and $500,000--to the project. "When you look at all the arts facilities in L.A. that are named after folks--most of which came with much bigger price tags--plus the fact that we're in the media capital of the world, . . . we really think that this will happen," said Mary Alvord, director of Parks and Recreation for Burbank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1994 |
Plans for a live theater district in the heart of downtown Glendale inched forward this week with the release of a planning study concluding that the city will benefit not only culturally, but economically if it gives the arts a chance. AMS Planning and Research of Petaluma interviewed local businesses and theater-goers and recommended that the district be established on Brand Boulevard, where the Alex Theatre, Glendale Centre Theatre and A Noise Within are already located.
January 1, 1988 |
No year-end wrap-up can ignore the impact of Del Shores' "Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?)." It's the Equity-Waiver success story of the year. "Daddy's Dyin' . . ." is almost a commercial affront to Waiver--the show makes money. The actors have been sharing in the profits every week since the current comedy premiered at Theatre/Theater 10 months ago. Critically, it's also among the 11 superlative productions--of 95--that I reviewed in 1987.
December 30, 1988 |
My New Year's wish for L.A. theater is that producers stop talking about the merits of non-traditional casting and do it. I saw only one instance of a starring role cast colorblind in 1988 (a black actress, Gloria Rusch, playing the Theban wife Alkmena in "Amphitryon 38" at the Group Rep). Otherwise, it wasn't a timid year. There was plenty of risk-taking.
August 30, 1987 |
Anybody who saw last season's crackling TV version of Hugh Whitemore's play "Pack of Lies" knows whodunit. Teri Garr played Helen, the suspected Russian spy; Ellen Burstyn was best friend/neighbor Barbara, who reluctantly allowed her house to be used to monitor--and ultimately facilitate the arrest of--Helen and her husband, Peter. Yet knowing up front that Peter and Helen are indeed guilty doesn't spoil the story. Or so Charles Arthur would tell you.