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January 12, 2006
Jeff Whitty, who won the 2004 Tony for writing the book to the Broadway musical "Avenue Q," turns in an offbeat new comedy, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," in which Ibsen's antiheroine goes off in search of her destiny -- and a new narrative. In the process, she lands in "The Neighborhood of Tragic Women," where fictional characters must endure until they are forgotten. Bill Rauch directs.
January 4, 2006 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"Could I try this on?" asks Jeff Whitty, referring to a crisp, crimson Little Orphan Annie outfit perched on a dressmaker's dummy in the South Coast Repertory costume shop. Or how about the gargantuan petticoat a few feet away, destined for a Mammy character like the one in "Gone With the Wind"? Or those Victorian woman's outfits, awaiting completion before they're donned by the title character in Whitty's new play, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," premiering at South Coast on Jan. 13?
December 27, 2004 | From the Washington Post
Mel Gabler, a small-town Texan who exerted an outsize influence on the textbooks that American elementary and secondary schools adopt, died Dec. 19 at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. He suffered a massive brain hemorrhage after a fall at his home two days earlier. He was 89. For more than 40 years, Gabler and his wife, Norma, pored over textbook publishers' offerings looking for factual errors and examples of what they deemed liberal bias.
June 14, 2003
Neal Gabler's "Bush's Scorched-Earth Campaign" (Opinion, June 8) should be required reading for all Americans. By exploiting national fears after 9/11, President Bush's advisors have quickly moved America toward a one-party system with fundamentalist Christian overtones. Not even FDR was given this much leeway in a crisis: Despite his immense popularity, Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration was rejected by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Moreover, Congress slapped the president down when he attempted to pack the court for political ends.
December 26, 2002
The curious thing about Neal Gabler's "The Media Bias Myth" (Opinion, Dec. 22) is that it's a prime example of precisely the type of unconscious liberal bias that conservatives so often complain about. Specifically in regard to Gabler's presumption that Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) history of gaffes, the Harken Energy matter and questions regarding Vice President Dick Cheney's relationship with the energy industries were matters worth any journalistic effort whatsoever, he undermines his own premise.
February 2, 2002
As Neal Gabler's "Class Dismissed" (Opinion, Jan. 27) suggests, class warfare was over and done with in the U.S. years ago and, through distortion, distraction and misdirection, the wealthy won the war. Wealth accumulates in the hands of a few, while most struggle to pay off their debts. The irony is that the primary function of our national and local governments, as they stand today, is the protection and production of wealth. From the U.S. military to the local fire department, our tax dollars are spent to protect corporate interests and the interests of those who least need protection.
January 29, 2002
Whatever inspired you to give such prominence to shopworn liberal drivel like "Class Dismissed" by Neal Gabler (Opinion, Jan. 27)? From its contention that the American public has been "brainwashed" to its specious claim that the purpose of the tax code is as a "tool for correcting an imbalance" (in reality, most Americans consider that the purpose of taxes is to provide defense and various social services), this piece simply restates the liberal belief that the populace is ignorant of its own best interests and somehow must be brought to enlightenment by an intellectual (liberal)
Milton Gabler, a nonmusician with a gifted ear who had a lasting influence on jazz and rock music, has died. He was 90. Gabler died July 20 at the Jewish Home and Hospital in New York City. In an eclectic career, Gabler is credited with a number of firsts in the music business. He founded Commodore records, the first independent jazz record label. He developed the idea of reissuing recordings by purchasing and reselling unwanted recordings from major labels.
February 16, 2001
Hurrah for the great column by Neal Gabler ("An American Story," Opinion, Feb. 11)! Tracing back to the Golden Rule, and maybe even to when humans first evolved from their primate predecessors, the conflict between the community and the individual has perhaps been the central focus of human attention. In the 20th century, communal governmental systems failed, the Bill of Rights was elevated to preserve individual rights over the will of the majority, and even art displayed an increasing emphasis on the individual, particularly the individual artist.
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