April 20, 1993
Faces familiar to devotees of Orange County's classical theater scene will feature prominently in Shakespeare Orange County's second season. "Much Ado About Nothing," to be directed by Carl Reggiardo, will run July 9 to Aug. 7 at Chapman University's Waltmar Theatre. The principal roles will all be filled by returnees from last season, it was announced Monday.
January 26, 1996 |
The Laguna Playhouse has slated a new play, "The Labors of Hercules" by David Drummond, as part of its current subscription season. The play, described by the Laguna Beach theater as "a satire about a controversial art project in a small town," will run March 12-April 7. "Labors" will be the second new play to premiere at the playhouse in recent years. The first was "Teachers' Lounge," a comedy by John Twomey, staged in 1994.
September 4, 1991 |
Thomas F. Bradac, recently ousted as the artistic director of the Grove Shakespeare Festival, has formed a new professional theater troupe called Shakespeare/Orange County to operate on the campus of Chapman University in Orange. Bradac announced Tuesday that the company, which is to work under a Small Professional Theatre contract still in negotiation with Actors' Equity, will open its maiden seven-week season next summer with "The Winter's Tale" (July 10 to Aug. 2) and "Hamlet" (Aug.
June 28, 1990 |
Shakespeare by starlight means the summer theater season is upon us. With "Much Ado About Nothing" launching the Grove Shakespeare Festival's outdoor series at the Festival Amphitheatre, playgoers have much to celebrate: an updated staging that is not only lovely to look at but witty and imaginative in concept and beautifully executed by a first-class cast.
September 5, 1997 |
Behind an unprepossessing storefront in the Plaza Pasadena mall, near the food court, a first-rate theatrical company is evolving. Pasadena Shakespeare Company's great promise is on ample display in its bang-up, thoroughly entertaining production of "Our Country's Good," Timberlake Wertenbaker's somewhat attenuated drama about the first group of British convicts sent to Australia. Capt.
March 2, 1992 |
Something definitely was on the mind of director Libby Appel when she staged Philip Barry's 1939 "The Philadelphia Story," which opened over the weekend at South Coast Repertory. You can guess what it is when you enter the theater and see the opulence on stage. It is what Barry called "the arrogance of class."