November 12, 1986 |
Jeff Calhoun is understandably anxious about "My One and Only," the Tony Award-winning musical that opens this evening at the new Southampton Dinner Theater in San Clemente. After all, the production represents the 26-year-old Calhoun's directing debut and heralds the opening of Southampton, known formerly as Sebastian's West Dinner Playhouse. Once popular on the dinner theater circuit, Sebastian's was forced five months ago to close its doors following bankruptcy proceedings.
January 10, 2002
* Big River (Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood,  762-2773). Jeff Calhoun's staging of the Roger Miller-William Hauptman adaptation of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" makes the action intimate, crisp and simmering with energy. Among the cast are James Black, above left, as Jim and Tyrone Giordano as Huck Finn. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Ends Jan. 27. $18-$25.
February 20, 2002 |
Small theaters dominate the nominations for the 2001 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. But the larger South Coast Repertory led the pack in total nominations for a single company (nine) and in the special awards that were announced with the nominations Tuesday. Four productions that were in sub-100-seat theaters garnered the most nominations for individual shows. "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
June 22, 2000
* Pop/Music. The multi-platinum-selling San Diego punk trio Blink-182 wraps up its widely separated Southern California appearances with shows at 7:30 tonight at the Long Beach Convention Center, and 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City. $25 to $27.50. (213) 480-3232. * Theater.
July 26, 2003 |
New York critics have given the thumbs up to the innovative, L.A.-bred Broadway revival of "Big River," Roger Miller's musical based on Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Originated in 2001 at North Hollywood's Deaf West Theatre and mounted last fall at the Mark Taper Forum, director Jeff Calhoun's production uses deaf actors performing in American Sign Language alongside hearing cast members who sing and speak their roles.
October 23, 2005 |
AFTER "Open Window," Deaf West Theatre's next project will be a quirky update of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," a collaboration with the rock band GrooveLily and librettist Rachel Sheinkin, who won a 2005 Tony for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." The as-yet-untitled show will tell the story of a princess who awakens in 20th century America, a thousand years and thousands of miles away from the castle in which she fell asleep.