November 15, 1995 |
When one restaurant closes and another opens in its place, nobody expects the food to be the same, right? How about theater companies? One closes; another opens in the same building, and everybody expects a new menu, right? Wrong, says Charles L. Johanson, executive director of the Grove Theater Center. Even after a full year of operation, some patrons come to the GTC expecting to see nothing but Shakespeare.
November 7, 1995 |
If you sit too close to the Gem Theatre's stage, it's possible to miss a few of the high points in the second act of Grove Theater Center's production of Michael Frayn's double-layered sex farce, "Noises Off." * So captivating is each and every individual in director Kevin Cochran's top-notch cast of comedians that you may get stuck watching one or another of them. You'll only know you've missed something bigger when the laughter explodes around you.
June 27, 1995 |
Three men in tuxedos. Two women in white gowns and sequins. A pianist. And drapes. Drapes in many colors. Billowing drapes. Drapes everywhere. Enough drapes to make Christo jealous. That's the cozy set-up at the Gem Theatre for "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," a Musical Theatre Co. presentation of Stephen Sondheim songs, which opens with an appeal to the theater gods (the audience) to take pity on the players. "You who sit up there in stern judgment/Smile on us," they sing.
December 8, 1994 |
Some Christmas plays are heartwarming. Others are rib-tickling. Still others are time-wasting. Here are reviews of just a few of the holiday-themed theatrical offerings in Southern California. * Sal and Amanda Gecko, lounge lizards extraordinaire, invite you into their tinseled living room to celebrate the season.
August 4, 1994 |
In an effort to foster the arts here, the City Council has put the Gem Theatre and the Festival Amphitheatre under new management with an agreement calling for 175 performances a year at the city-owned complex, including at least six full theatrical productions.
November 25, 1993 |
Like the feline characters in her family musical, "Kitty Claws and the Magic of Dreaming," Molly Hardy has a knack for landing on her feet. The show was conceived three years ago by Hardy with help from her close friend and collaborator, Jim Boyer. When Boyer died in early 1991, the Laguna Niguel playwright was grief-stricken. It would be 10 months before she could resume work on the show. And when she did, she said, it was Boyer's memory and the story's uplifting theme that kept her going.