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June 4, 1995 | Jan Herman, Jan Herman is a staff writer for The Times' Orange County edition.
"My husband, Charles, has always written everything I ad-lib," Bennington's most famous third-year dropout says. She modulates her gravel voice to a whisper. "He's already thinking about what I'm going to say on the Tonys. And Chan, my son, is racking his brain." Carol Channing, who will receive a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement tonight in New York (on CBS-TV, at 9), gets up from the dinner table in her sprawling hotel suite overlooking the city.
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June 4, 1995 | Jan Herman, Jan Herman is a staff writer for The Times' Orange County edition.
"My husband, Charles, has always written everything I ad-lib," Bennington's most famous third-year dropout says. She modulates her gravel voice to a whisper. "He's already thinking about what I'm going to say on the Tonys. And Chan, my son, is racking his brain." Carol Channing, who will receive a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement tonight in New York (on CBS-TV, at 9), gets up from the dinner table in her sprawling hotel suite overlooking the city.
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March 18, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY DON SHIRLEY
Whenever I see Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," it renews my admiration for "Hello, Dolly!" the musical adapted from Wilder's play. The musical is a spark plug in contrast with this sodden, sentimental farce with its quaint characters and spotlit homilies. There are moments in the script that beg for Jerry Herman's songs. But first things first--some of the actors in Jack V. Booch's staging at the Commonwealth Theatre still hadn't mastered their lines at the performance I attended.
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April 17, 2004 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
A vintage valentine to Americana, Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker" is a bit dusty and tattered from much handling. Wilder's 1954 play, set in 1880s New York, was later transmuted into "Hello, Dolly!" -- a musical that has been done to death in summer stocks, dinner theaters and high school auditoriums for more than 30 years.
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November 14, 1996 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just over 30 years ago, Jerry Herman unveiled the wealthy, madcap Bohemian "Mame" as a worthy successor to the heroine of his hit "Hello, Dolly." The musical was adapted from Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's hit play, "Auntie Mame," itself based on Patrick Dennis' best-selling autobiography. "Mame" includes some quite good Herman songs, beyond the well-known title number and "If He Walked Into My Life." The show holds up well in the Conejo Players' hands.
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September 7, 1997 | Daryl H. Miller, Daryl H. Miller is a Los Angeles-based theater writer
Director Todd Nielsen and his performers are slogging through the boring, restless part of staging a play--the middle weeks of rehearsal, when hours upon hours are devoted to such mundane matters as when, where and how the actors move.
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