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August 29, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
The American presidency seems to be a hot topic on Los Angeles theater stages in this pre-election year. In April, the Mark Taper Forum presented Anna Deavere Smith's sprawling work-in-progress "House Arrest: An Introgression," examining the relationship of the presidency and the media from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
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August 29, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
The American presidency seems to be a hot topic on Los Angeles theater stages in this pre-election year. In April, the Mark Taper Forum presented Anna Deavere Smith's sprawling work-in-progress "House Arrest: An Introgression," examining the relationship of the presidency and the media from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
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June 30, 1990 | T.H. McCULLOH
Contemporary critics called Noel Coward's plays "thin" and "brittle." Maybe that's why his work doesn't date. The trick is to keep Coward in his place, and his period. It also helps to know Coward's mechanics. "Present Laughter," in this stunning revival at the Melrose Theater, doesn't hold any mystery for director Richard Kline; there isn't a particle of it he doesn't know and respect.
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September 2, 1999 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Presidential adultery, influence peddling, an aggressively political first lady, even suicidal aides--unprecedented lows for the executive branch? Sorry, it's been done. For sheer breadth of corruption, the scandal-plagued administration of Warren G. Harding reigns supreme. Yet Harding's story receives little attention, even from the new cottage industry of television pundits devoted to feasting on presidential politics.
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August 26, 1999
Saluting a studio, John Mauceri conducts his Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in "Universal Night at the Movies" at Hollywood Bowl. The band will play film music by Silvestri, Raye, Waxman, Kern, Mancini, Grusin, Gounod, Herrmann, North, Horner, Barry, Williams and others. * "Universal Night at the Movies," Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. 8:30 p.m. $3 to $75. Also, Saturday, 8:30 p.m. (323) 850-2000.
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August 7, 1992 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Michael Szymanski writes regularly for The Times
The band was 45 minutes late for its warm-up. Concert promoter Mike Maize tapped his fingers impatiently and said: "It's not like them. They're usually more punctual." He wasn't talking about some prima donna rock 'n' roll band. He wasn't even talking about a band with much of a track record. He was talking about four high school kids from the San Fernando Valley and their debut performance on the Sunset Strip.
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