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This staging of Dion Boucicault's "The Shaughraun" may look like a college production, but it's not. The fresh-faced ensemble troops gamely through this sprawling late 19th-Century Irish epic on the Tamarind's too small stage. But even if they were better actors, they couldn't make up for the lack of directorial vision that reduces the play to museum-piece hack work. The text isn't an irredeemable clunker. Yet given its share of star-crossed sweethearts, picaresque swashbuckling romps and quaint adventure intrigues, it takes a strong hand at the helm to justify the revival.
July 31, 2005
I read Robert Hilburn's article detailing comments made by record executives ("Pop's Power Elite," July 24). It's a joke. Usher as a sure thing? Where were these same geniuses when Usher's records released in 2000 and 2001 immediately went to the used bin? Alicia Keys as the next Stevie Wonder or Prince? I'll grant that she has more talent than a producer-driven hack such as Usher, but I can't even name one of her songs. None of these guys knows what they're talking about. If they spent a lot less on expense accounts, million-dollar videos (that eMpTyV doesn't even play)
March 17, 2005
Re "It Helps If Voters Can Pronounce Your Name," column, March 11: I can see how, using the governor as a model, one might make the connection between name pronounceability and bad governance, but I think Steve Lopez is smarter than that. I'm white. I can say Villaraigosa. I can also say race-baiting hack. Villaraigosa has real plans to make L.A. more livable. He wants to clean up the harbor, convert the buses to clean-burning fuels, create parks and open areas. If L.A. has room for a brown journalist who's yellow, surely it can have a brown leader who's green.
October 5, 2004
Re "Weapons Incident Probed," Oct. 2: The real question involving LAPD anti-terrorism chief John Miller's gun incident at LAX is not if he is going to be charged with a misdemeanor, and it is not if the "I forgot" defense is going to join the "Twinkie defense" in the annals of jurisprudence. Nor is it if he is going to allow LAPD officers to avoid punishment by using the same lame excuse he did. No, the question is, what qualified a TV news anchor to be handpicked by LAPD Chief Bill Bratton for what is arguably the department's most important job?
December 1, 1985 | SAM HALL KAPLAN
There was another scene a few weeks ago in the long-running tragicomedy of downtown urban design. The script for this episode involved another rueful attempt to hack away at the promised urbanity of the proposed Library Square project. The femme fatale of the tragicomedy is the $1-billion project.
July 23, 1989 | JOY HOROWITZ, Joy Horowitz's last story for this magazine was "Dr. Amnio."
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
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