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January 4, 2006 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"Could I try this on?" asks Jeff Whitty, referring to a crisp, crimson Little Orphan Annie outfit perched on a dressmaker's dummy in the South Coast Repertory costume shop. Or how about the gargantuan petticoat a few feet away, destined for a Mammy character like the one in "Gone With the Wind"? Or those Victorian woman's outfits, awaiting completion before they're donned by the title character in Whitty's new play, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," premiering at South Coast on Jan. 13?
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January 16, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Hedda Gabler, last seen prostrate on a couch with a bullet hole in her head, makes a surprising return in Jeff Whitty's sprightly new comedy, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," which had its world premiere Friday at South Coast Repertory. Her new address, appropriately enough, is "the cul-de-sac of tragic women," where Medea frequently stops by in a bloodstained frock she'd rather not talk about and Tosca literally drops in, a crashing corpse, from the ceiling.
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January 16, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Hedda Gabler, last seen prostrate on a couch with a bullet hole in her head, makes a surprising return in Jeff Whitty's sprightly new comedy, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," which had its world premiere Friday at South Coast Repertory. Her new address, appropriately enough, is "the cul-de-sac of tragic women," where Medea frequently stops by in a bloodstained frock she'd rather not talk about and Tosca literally drops in, a crashing corpse, from the ceiling.
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January 4, 2006 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"Could I try this on?" asks Jeff Whitty, referring to a crisp, crimson Little Orphan Annie outfit perched on a dressmaker's dummy in the South Coast Repertory costume shop. Or how about the gargantuan petticoat a few feet away, destined for a Mammy character like the one in "Gone With the Wind"? Or those Victorian woman's outfits, awaiting completion before they're donned by the title character in Whitty's new play, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," premiering at South Coast on Jan. 13?
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November 16, 2002 | Lee Margulies
South Coast Repertory's newly opened Julianne Argyros Stage will be used to inaugurate the theater's 18th New Scripts season at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The weekly series of play readings begins with "The Hiding Place," by Jeff Whitty, about the relationship between an aspiring writer and a successful novelist. It will be performed by Susannah Schulmann, John Michael Higgens, Larry Drake and Nicholas Hormann. -- Lee Margulies
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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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March 24, 2003 | Mike Boehm
Readings of works in progress by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies ("Dinner With Friends") and Pulitzer finalists Amy Freed ("Freedomland") and Howard Korder ("Boy's Life") will highlight the sixth annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, May 16-18, at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
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November 13, 2008 | Mike Boehm
Scott Eckern, the Sacramento theater director whose political donation in support of California's Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage turned into a lightning rod in the debate over gay rights, resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to protect the California Musical Theatre, his artistic home since 1984, from further controversy. Word of Eckern's $1,000 donation -- publicly reported under state elections law -- spread rapidly on the Internet last week, and Eckern drew criticism from some prominent stage artists, including Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray")
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January 12, 2006
Jeff Whitty, who won the 2004 Tony for writing the book to the Broadway musical "Avenue Q," turns in an offbeat new comedy, "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," in which Ibsen's antiheroine goes off in search of her destiny -- and a new narrative. In the process, she lands in "The Neighborhood of Tragic Women," where fictional characters must endure until they are forgotten. Bill Rauch directs.
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September 18, 2005
AFTER reading your informative article on "Spamalot" and "Avenue Q" ["Rescripting the Strip," Sept. 11], I would like to tell Steve Wynn that I'd rather spend three times the money to go to New York and see those shows than go to Vegas and see his 90-minute watered-down versions. Wynn is eliminating a lot of middle-class citizens who might otherwise be able to attend these performances. DONNA PETRILLI Dove Canyon I am happy to see that Jeff Whitty is continuing to write plays since the success of "Avenue Q" ["Don't Shush the House," Sept.
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May 15, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
They could rename this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory the Pulitzer Playwrights Festival. And the Pulitzer cachet appears to be enhanced by some notable Hollywood names participating in the readings at the Costa Mesa theater. This year's Pulitzer winner for drama, "Anna in the Tropics" by Nilo Cruz, will receive a staged reading, with Jimmy Smits and Tony Plana. South Coast will produce the West Coast premiere in October.
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May 16, 2012 | By David Ng
Unlike some blockbuster stage musicals that debut on Broadway before hitting the road for a national tour, "Bring It On: The Musical" is taking something of a reverse route -- touring first and then booking a Broadway engagement. The effervescent musical, based on the 2000 Kirsten Dunst movie, will begin performances at the St. James Theatre in New York in July for an official opening set for Aug. 1. The St. James was most recently the Broadway home for the musical "Leap of Faith," which closed Sunday following poor ticket sales.
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