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January 18, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
About 250 theatergoers indulged in a smorgasbord of treats in honor of the South Coast Repertory's premiere of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler." Following the opening-night performance of "Hedda" at SCR's Mainstage in Costa Mesa on Friday, cast members and theater supporters gathered for champagne and a Scandinavian buffet at Tourneau, a South Coast Plaza jeweler specializing in Swiss watches. The party was open to SCR's Premiere Night subscribers who donate at least $1,000 a year to the theater.
Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" has the reputation of an acquired taste. Devoted playgoers should find South Coast Repertory's new revival a reacquired taste, depending on their tolerance for its moody embrace of the appalling, self-destructive Hedda. A brief but atmospheric prelude to the drama, glimpsed in the pale half-light of dawn, sets the histrionic tone of what is to come.
Mater Dei won a game and lost a player Monday when senior guard Travis Gabler underwent emergency surgery for what is believed to be appendicitis. The Monarchs' 91-38 first-round victory over Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist in the Millennium Cup division of the Holiday Prep Classic became insignificant after Gabler became ill and was taken to a local hospital. "Say a prayer for him," Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight told his players after the game.
October 28, 2010
Much too soft on Rice? Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Citizen Rice," Opinion, Oct. 23 I have enjoyed Patt Morrison's commentaries over the years. Therefore, I was profoundly disappointed by her softball interview with Condoleezza Rice. Given Rice's highly influential role in supporting two aggressive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Morrison's question about Code Pink and war crimes begged for more. Millions have died or been made homeless by these outrageous and immoral attacks, yet Morrison let Rice get away with a lame and insulting reply.
January 1, 2011
Where did the party go? Re "Democrats are compromised to death," Opinion, Dec. 26 Neal Gabler is right: The Democratic Party represents "interests" and is no longer committed to the principles that favor the powerless. To gain a majority, it must appeal to as many progressive groups as it can without being labeled "liberal. " It is this retreat that recently led it to measures favoring the wealthy: eliminating Glass-Steagall under President Clinton, and supporting the banks and corporations under President Obama.
July 7, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Hedda Gabler's is no easy case, even today. What does she want and what would she do with it if she got it? One thing she doesn't want is to be in a comedy. But that is her fate for much of the evening at the La Jolla Playhouse. Emily Mann's staging takes a satiric view of Hedda (Natalia Nogulich) and her friends--a jumpy group who talk! like! this! under the misapprehension that they are being vivacious. If these are the best people in town, it can't be a very big one.
November 5, 2006 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
WALT DISNEY'S ashes are buried in a Forest Lawn mausoleum, in a private garden. Standing nearby, in a patch of flowers, is a small white statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. The setting might strike some as a coincidence, since Disney's studio turned Andersen's tale into a box office hit. Others might find it incongruous, noting that the original story was dark and troubling, while the Disney remake was upbeat and lighthearted.
June 11, 1995 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival may have pioneered "non-traditional" casting decades ago but colorblind classics are still far from the norm at resident theaters across the country. For Sheldon Epps, however, they're standard practice. As one of the few prominent African American directors as likely to be found at the helm of an Ibsen production as an August Wilson, Epps has refused to allow himself to be pigeonholed. And he affords the same consideration to his actors.
September 25, 1988 | Charles Champlin, Champlin is The Times' arts editor.
Years ago at the elaborate annual SHARE fund-raising party in Hollywood, Phil Silvers and Polly Bergen did a number called "The Rabbi and the Nun," in which he and she, suitably costumed, argued over who had the most influence in the industry, the Jews or the Catholics. The nun offered the likes of Loretta Young, Irene Dunne, Bing Crosby and Leo McCarey, the director. The rabbi countered with Louis B.
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