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June 2, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the most valuable player of the always risk-taking and frequently impressive Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, Jay Fraley has portrayed a Savior and a Satan. Now, in his first turn directing a full-length play, the Laguna Beach resident tackles a comedy in which Satan is the savior.
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June 2, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the most valuable player of the always risk-taking and frequently impressive Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, Jay Fraley has portrayed a Savior and a Satan. Now, in his first turn directing a full-length play, the Laguna Beach resident tackles a comedy in which Satan is the savior.
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October 31, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is hard to imagine any actor anywhere having a juicier selection of roles over the past 12 months than Jay Fraley has had while starring at the Empire Theater in Santa Ana. In November 1999 he opened as Jesus in Terrence McNally's gay passion play, "Corpus Christi." Next he was Robert Falcon Scott, doomed Antarctic explorer, in "Terra Nova" by Ted Tally--a role that demanded the heroism, hubris and elicitation of pity and terror that are the classic requisites of tragedy.
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October 31, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is hard to imagine any actor anywhere having a juicier selection of roles over the past 12 months than Jay Fraley has had while starring at the Empire Theater in Santa Ana. In November 1999 he opened as Jesus in Terrence McNally's gay passion play, "Corpus Christi." Next he was Robert Falcon Scott, doomed Antarctic explorer, in "Terra Nova" by Ted Tally--a role that demanded the heroism, hubris and elicitation of pity and terror that are the classic requisites of tragedy.
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April 13, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Was being a newlywed ever this tough? Corie and Paul Bratter, the sighing lovebirds-turned-quarreling magpies perched at the center of "Barefoot in the Park," just can't get along now that their honeymoon is history. She's the carefree, dopey type. He's the starchy, corporate type. Watch out: Big personality conflicts scheduled for high noon!
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February 10, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Andy Griggs and Doug Langworthy combined excerpts from Bertolt Brecht's testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 with a selection of his poetry and songs and emerged with "Bertolt Brecht: In Dark Times" at the Burbage.
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August 6, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Because Americans are almost congenitally reluctant to face the realities of disappointment and failure, we need to see Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" from time to time, as a kind of curative. Like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," it should be required national viewing because it speaks to the national soul. It speaks, that is, when it's done well.
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June 15, 1998 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County's experimental writers workshop, New Voices, has been presenting its one-weekend evenings of 10-minute plays at the Theatre District in Costa Mesa for about a year, and it's time to go back and see how the group is doing. The first couple of evenings looked a lot like a collection of television comedy sketches. That happens with new playwrights, raised on the fodder of television. This new evening, called "A 10-Minute Vacation," shows a lot of growth.
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July 23, 1997 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
David Stevens' "The Sum of Us," now playing at the Theatre District, is a fascinating look into the lives of some very interesting people. Though set in Footscray, an industrial suburb of Melbourne, Australia, it could happen anywhere, and maybe it has. Harry Mitchell (Steve McCammon) is a single parent with a grown son who still lives with him. The son, Jeff (Jay Michael Fraley), is gay and lonely. Harry is lonely, too, since his wife died. Suddenly, Jeff meets Mr.
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May 24, 2001
ANAHEIM 10:30pm Pop Music Phil Shane, known for the "One-Man-Legends Show" he takes to various bars around Orange County, was spotted by booking agents recently in his semi-permanent home at the Fling cocktail lounge in Tustin. The agents, from the House of Blues, liked what they heard enough to give him a late-night slot at their new Anaheim club Friday, following ska-punk band Save Ferris.
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August 9, 2000 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" has ruffled a lot of feminist feathers. It shouldn't. It's a play of its time, and it shows how an intelligent woman dealt with life in that milieu. Modern directors try awfully hard to make it speak to today's sensibilities. A recent Shakespeare Orange County production achieved its point with Kate's hilarious realization of her power.
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November 15, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
It has gone this way before. A play or a movie hits the marketplace, preceded by word that it represents an affront to Catholicism, a flipped finger to true believers. And then the work in question turns out to be a Wiffle ball. It's true of Kevin Smith's gabby, if amiable, theological scramble "Dogma," now at theaters everywhere, in which a distant relative of Jesus Christ must save the world from a couple of avenging angels, played by the "Good Will Hunting" guys.
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