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September 15, 1995 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Seymour, it turns out, had been misled. "People would say to me-- about handling the pressure of making a film--'Jeff, you've done Equity-waiver theater, but film is a lot more difficult.' And after making the film," Seymour says, "I can honestly say that they were just completely wrong." Maybe those people misunderstood how things worked at Seymour's Gnu Theatre in North Hollywood. Maybe they couldn't imagine building sets between rehearsals and acting classes.
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September 15, 1995 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Seymour, it turns out, had been misled. "People would say to me-- about handling the pressure of making a film--'Jeff, you've done Equity-waiver theater, but film is a lot more difficult.' And after making the film," Seymour says, "I can honestly say that they were just completely wrong." Maybe those people misunderstood how things worked at Seymour's Gnu Theatre in North Hollywood. Maybe they couldn't imagine building sets between rehearsals and acting classes.
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August 14, 1992 | TOM JACOBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Tom Jacobs is a Toluca Lake writer
"A Hatful of Rain" is commonly thought of as a drama about drug abuse. But to Jeff Seymour, who co-directs and co- stars in the revival of the 1955 play, which opens Thursday at North Hollywood's Gnu Theatre, that's a superficial reading of a timeless work. "The drug abuse gives the show its forward thrust," Seymour said as he prepared for a recent rehearsal. "But the more we get into it, the more we realize it really has to do with communication and with relationship problems."
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August 14, 1992 | TOM JACOBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Tom Jacobs is a Toluca Lake writer
"A Hatful of Rain" is commonly thought of as a drama about drug abuse. But to Jeff Seymour, who co-directs and co- stars in the revival of the 1955 play, which opens Thursday at North Hollywood's Gnu Theatre, that's a superficial reading of a timeless work. "The drug abuse gives the show its forward thrust," Seymour said as he prepared for a recent rehearsal. "But the more we get into it, the more we realize it really has to do with communication and with relationship problems."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
It is slightly astonishing that a Steve Tesich play that opened on Broadway Feb. 28 of this year, receiving mixed but intriguing reviews, has surfaced in Los Angeles--not in a major venue, not in a medium-size house, but in one of the area's more enterprising small theaters. Tesich's "The Speed of Darkness" found its way to the Gnu Theatre in North Hollywood with something like the speed of light. This could be construed as a lack of takers after a relatively short Broadway run.
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March 10, 1991 | JANICE ARKATOV
It's baaaaack. The Gnu production of Lee Blessing's "Independence" opens Thursday at the North Hollywood theater, nine months after its scheduled opening last year--with the original cast intact.
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January 24, 1992 | JIM MACAK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Macak is a Studio City writer.
Jeff Seymour, despite appearances, isn't always calm and controlled. The director recalls one problem-plagued preview of David Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre" when the challenge of orchestrating 26 scene and costume changes left him rocking in a fetal position on the patio behind his Gnu Theatre, trying to figure out why he wanted to do the show in the first place. "I made a mistake, I made a mistake," he remembers muttering to himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1991 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten years ago, she and her mother were having dinner at home in Malibu when dessert turned into an audition. "I told her, 'Life is so mysterious,' " said Sachi Parker, daughter of Shirley MacLaine. "And she said, 'Oh, sweetheart, just say that one more time with feeling and cut the fruitcake.' And I did, and she says, 'I knew it. I knew it. You can act.' " So Parker, after years as a stewardess and waitress, took up the family profession.
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October 30, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW and CLAUDIA PUIG and ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Actor Andrew Stevens, who won a 1987 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for ensemble performance in "Bouncers," will star in "Manner of Trust," Bo White's drama about child abuse and molestation. The play, which has its premiere reading tonight at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood, is directed by Jeff Seymour and features Suzanne Benoit, Burton Gilliam, Dana Hill and Patricia Lee Willson. Admission is free.
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April 25, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Independence' Goes to Court: The battle over competing productions of Lee Blessing's "Independence" will go to Los Angeles County Superior Court today. An attorney for the producers of the authorized Burbank Theatre Guild production, scheduled to open Friday, will ask for a temporary restraining order against the Gnu Theatre production, scheduled to open Thursday without the rights to the play.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1992 | JIM MACAK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Macak is a Studio City writer.
Jeff Seymour, despite appearances, isn't always calm and controlled. The director recalls one problem-plagued preview of David Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre" when the challenge of orchestrating 26 scene and costume changes left him rocking in a fetal position on the patio behind his Gnu Theatre, trying to figure out why he wanted to do the show in the first place. "I made a mistake, I made a mistake," he remembers muttering to himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
It is slightly astonishing that a Steve Tesich play that opened on Broadway Feb. 28 of this year, receiving mixed but intriguing reviews, has surfaced in Los Angeles--not in a major venue, not in a medium-size house, but in one of the area's more enterprising small theaters. Tesich's "The Speed of Darkness" found its way to the Gnu Theatre in North Hollywood with something like the speed of light. This could be construed as a lack of takers after a relatively short Broadway run.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1991 | JANICE ARKATOV
It's baaaaack. The Gnu production of Lee Blessing's "Independence" opens Thursday at the North Hollywood theater, nine months after its scheduled opening last year--with the original cast intact.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1998
* "Cold Storage"--Jeff Seymour, left, Len Lesser warm up to their roles in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble production in West L.A. that runs through Dec. 6. * "Girl of the Year"--Michael Roman's drama about a woman whose starring role in a pop artist's film leads to disaster will play at the Zephyr Theatre through Dec. 20. * "The Cripple of Inishmaan"--The West Coast premiere of Martin McDonagh's acclaimed Irish comedy will be staged Sunday at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Seymour's "Rave Review" is a jaunty, amusing dark comedy about a local little-theater director who goes to Faustian lengths to ensure that a crucial production succeeds at the box office. Founder of the now-defunct Gnu Theater in North Hollywood, Seymour makes an exceptionally graceful film debut for a man of the theater. There may be many characters and lots of talk, but his film has an easy cinematic flow.
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