October 31, 1993 |
When actor Gerald Walker decided last year to build a community theater from the ground up, he didn't look any farther than his own back yard. "I was standing out here one day," said Walker, spreading his bulky arms, "and I suddenly envisioned the theater being here, exactly where it is now. It was almost like that scene out of 'Field of Dreams,' where a guy heard a voice say, 'If you build it, they will come.' I just knew this place had to be."
August 26, 1993
When I moved to Southern California from New York in October, 1974, I located in Glendale. I was living (as my friends would joke) in a "cup of yogurt," for all the culture that could be found in Glendale. Outside of a community theater, Glendale didn't have much of anything very sophisticated in the way of the arts. The city saw more and more buildings go up, and a giant shopping mall, but still it had no professional theater to put into those buildings. I moved to Silver Lake in 1980, not far from the Colony Studio Theatre, a gem of a theater I discovered a few years earlier.
July 23, 1993 |
Shakespeare may seem like a shrinking resource in Orange County, especially now that GroveShakespeare in Garden Grove has canceled its 1993 season. At the professional level, there's Shakespeare Orange County in Orange, and the occasional South Coast Repertory production. A couple of community theaters, however, have made Shakespeare an annual event.
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March 13, 1993 |
In dual decisions likely to change the face of Palmdale, the City Council has approved a planned 5,200-home development that would be one of the city's largest and also agreed to build a $2.8-million community theater that has been debated for nine years. City lawmakers, at their Thursday night meeting, voted 4 to 0 to authorize Kaufman and Broad Home Corp.'s planned 5,200-unit, 1,985-acre City Ranch community.
November 25, 1992 |
Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" may be the closest thing to foolproof entertainment a community theater can turn to. Murder mysteries always figure big in the repertoire of neighborhood playhouses, and Levin's is one of the most dependable when it comes to satisfying a middle-of-the-road audience. It's more contemporary and lower-key violent than something by Agatha Christie, yet it delights with the same feints, jabs and red herrings that mark Christie's best work.
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August 12, 1992 |
After undergoing an $85,000 refurbishment, Golden West College's Community Theater will reopen Saturday. An 8 p.m. presentation of the musical "Peter Pan" will commemorate the event. Built in 1971, the Community Theater was designed as a teaching theater and classroom for students seeking careers in drama. The theater has also served as a cultural outlet for Huntington Beach. About 18,000 people a year attend plays and concerts there.
June 3, 1992 |
To the bemusement, if not chagrin, of many critics and theater purists, Neil Simon has become an institution. Not just an American institution, but a global institution. His plays, from the early gag fests to the more ambitious, consciously "thoughtful" offerings of recent days, are among the most frequently produced anywhere, from New York to Orange County and all stops in between. He's been translated into Russian, French, Italian, even Sanskrit.
May 20, 1992 |
Eric Kunze, a 20-year-old UC Irvine junior with virtually no professionalexperience as an actor, will make his Broadway debut in one of the leading roles of "Les Miserables" on June 6. Friday, while in New York on an internship with UCI classmates, Kunze--whose performing has been almost exclusively on the stage of a community theater in his native northern San Diego County--auditioned for the Tony award-winning musical that has been playing on Broadway since 1987.
February 13, 1992 |
"Little Mary Sunshine," Rick Besoyan's 1960 musical, played a nearly three-year run in New York's Greenwich Village. It has been resurrected in an energetic production by the Camarillo Community Theater. The show is a parody of the operetta--a genre that's all but forgotten except in revival. Instead of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of "Rose Marie" (the show's most obvious source of inspiration), the gallant men of "Little Mary Sunshine" are members of the Colorado Forest Rangers.
October 17, 1991 |
The plot of "Scuba Duba" may be driven by an affair between a white woman and a black man, but don't expect any echoes of Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever." First produced in 1967 (and rarely staged since), Bruce Jay Friedman's frail comedy clearly is a product of its time. "Scuba Duba" has more in common with the racial wisecracking of "All in the Family" than with the in-your-face sensibilities of Lee's recent, challenging film.