August 10, 1997 |
No one pays for a ticket, and the seats fill up fast. The regulars call out hellos and, once they've secured a spot, stand talking in the aisles. The director welcomes everyone, advertises upcoming programs and announces that, because the evening's performance is intermission-less, the weekly fund-raising raffle will be held afterward. Then the performers--who include Fred Savage, Ed Asner and Wayne Rogers--take the stage, and the room erupts in expectant applause.
October 8, 1992 |
The best reviews producers Tom Patchett and Kenneth Kaufman say they ever got were for a television movie that wasn't shown. Until now. If you thought drama was the stuff of TV, then welcome to a slice of the antsy, chancy life of producerhood, where you never know when your next show will get scheduled or when your next project will show up.
June 8, 2007
The public is invited to a free staged reading of "Burning Desire," a new play written by and starring Lou Diamond Phillips. Directed by Wendie Malick, the romantic comedy also features Dan Lauria, Amy Smart and Michael Urie. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. June 18 at the Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Information: (800) 838-3006 or www.thehayworth.com.
November 22, 1996
Voices in Harmony, the nonprofit youth outreach program, presents 13 one-acts written and performed by an urban teenager and a theater professional, at the Coronet Theatre on today at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Guest directors include Kristen Johnston, Chad Lowe and Dan Lauria; each performance is hosted by a different celebrity. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. Reservations: (213) 466-1767; information: (310) 915-6678.
January 9, 1990 |
New Theater Group to Hit Town: Dan Lauria, who plays the grumpy Dad on "The Wonder Years," will direct PKE Theatre, a new theater group that is being completely funded by Patchett-Kaufman Entertainment, the Culver City company that produced the TV movie "Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder" and the upcoming TV series "Working Girl."
September 20, 1994 |
"The Crimson Thread," the title of the newest production at the Pasadena Playhouse, refers to the tie that binds three generations of Irish sisters. As it turns out, the thread also binds playwright Mary Hanes' tale to many, many other immigrant stories and stitches them into one gigantic cliche. Hanes seems somehow so innocent of the staleness of her dialogue that at times the play almost achieves a childlike freshness. Almost.