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December 6, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
The disarmingly cross-eyed puppets of  “Avenue Q” may have taken up a more modest residence than in touring productions past, but they're still thoroughly engaging in DOMA Theatre Company's accomplished local revival, which remains faithful to the spirit of the 2004 Tony-winning musical in every way that counts. A few compromises in budget and stage space notwithstanding, Richard Israel 's savvy direction honors without embellishment the big furry heart of creators Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty's satirical adult spin on our collective “Sesame Street”-infused sensibilities.
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December 6, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
The disarmingly cross-eyed puppets of  “Avenue Q” may have taken up a more modest residence than in touring productions past, but they're still thoroughly engaging in DOMA Theatre Company's accomplished local revival, which remains faithful to the spirit of the 2004 Tony-winning musical in every way that counts. A few compromises in budget and stage space notwithstanding, Richard Israel 's savvy direction honors without embellishment the big furry heart of creators Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty's satirical adult spin on our collective “Sesame Street”-infused sensibilities.
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February 23, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
"If you told me a year ago that our show would be playing in Las Vegas, I would've said you're crazy," admits Jeff Marx, one half of the songwriting team behind Broadway's rags-to-riches fairy tale of success, "Avenue Q." Robert Lopez, his collaborator, nods in agreement. They weren't the only ones taken by surprise.
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February 23, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
"If you told me a year ago that our show would be playing in Las Vegas, I would've said you're crazy," admits Jeff Marx, one half of the songwriting team behind Broadway's rags-to-riches fairy tale of success, "Avenue Q." Robert Lopez, his collaborator, nods in agreement. They weren't the only ones taken by surprise.
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April 2, 2005
Mark Swed's perceptive review of the American Youth Symphony concert ["Youth Symphony Acts All Grown Up," March 29] was marred by his mean-spirited jab at a patron who bought, at auction, the right to conduct the national anthem. I was present at the concert, and the gentleman in question clearly had prepared seriously for this role. What fun to watch an amateur who was thrilled to have this honor! Moreover, it is through contributions such as his that the American Youth Symphony is supported.
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October 10, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
After ending its exclusive run in Las Vegas in May, "Avenue Q," the 2004 Tony Award-winner for best musical, became a free agent, and although a national tour has not been announced, the R-rated, people-and-puppets blockbuster is coming to Southern California next year. San Diego's Old Globe Theatre plans to mount its own production of the musical comedy at Spreckels Theatre downtown. It is scheduled to run from June 30 through Aug. 5 as part of the Old Globe's summer season.
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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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May 23, 1998 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everyone thinks one-act plays are easy, quick, short and effortless. But a short play is more difficult to deal with than a full-length play, a truth most one-act festivals drive home. This year's One-Act Festival, presented by Orange Coast College Repertory in Costa Mesa, is no exception. Of the six plays in the festival, only four are shown at each performance, and the four seen run the gamut of quality, style and content.
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June 27, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ba-da-boom! That's the sound that comes after a tired joke. The Borscht Belt drum roll. The original laugh track, but with a smirk. It's funny that the characters in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" say that so often. As writers for a '50s TV comedy show, they know they're not always as clever as they could be. But they keep trying. Take my one-liner, please! Simon's play is a lot like that.
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February 10, 1999 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Playwrights have every right to suppress productions of early plays that don't stand up to their later level of quality, but royalties are always welcome. Two Terrence McNally one-act plays in revival at Orange Coast College Repertory in Costa Mesa show both sides of that coin. Though both are early plays, their differences show a giant step in the playwright's development.
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February 16, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In Orange Coast College's Drama Lab Studio, the theater students are on their own without a net, doing the kind of work they might do if they ran the department. It's nice to see--via the new student production, "Double Absurdity and a 1/2"--that they'd include the theater of the absurd in the curriculum. Even better is the sign that the students have learned their lessons. "Absurd" in this context does not mean kooky, nuts or wacko.
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November 2, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"Gypsy" (Angel Records) *** 1/2 Does the world need yet another "Gypsy" CD, after the versions with Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bette Midler? The distinctive timbre of Bernadette Peters is the primary reason to listen to this new recording of the most recent Broadway revival. If you know Peters' work, you know that her performance is crinkly, throaty, more vulnerable than most Mama Roses but still mighty inexorable.
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