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September 24, 2000 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, F. Kathleen Foley is a regular theater reviewer for daily Calendar
Some days the folks at the Circle X Theatre Company must feel like the sailors aboard "The Flying Dutchman." The valiant creative collective has circled the Los Angeles theater scene endlessly in search of salvation--a permanent venue to call its own. That port in a storm has been hard to come by. However, these wanderers are clearly not operating under a curse. Established in 1996, Circle X has generated waves of excitement on the L.A. theater scene.
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September 24, 2000 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, F. Kathleen Foley is a regular theater reviewer for daily Calendar
Some days the folks at the Circle X Theatre Company must feel like the sailors aboard "The Flying Dutchman." The valiant creative collective has circled the Los Angeles theater scene endlessly in search of salvation--a permanent venue to call its own. That port in a storm has been hard to come by. However, these wanderers are clearly not operating under a curse. Established in 1996, Circle X has generated waves of excitement on the L.A. theater scene.
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April 4, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
"Metamorphoses," Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of stories by Ovid, won every honor for which it was nominated in the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, presented Monday evening at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Known for its onstage swimming pool as well as its ensemble performances and updated perspectives on the classic tales, "Metamorphoses" nabbed five awards--more than any other show. Among its wins was one of three "outstanding production" awards.
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February 28, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
"In Flagrante Gothicto," a Gothic romance parody at a tiny Hollywood theater, landed seven Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nominations, more than any other production in this year's competition, the organization announced Tuesday. The production by Circle X Theatre Company at the McCadden Place Theatre won a shared writing nomination for its creators, Jillian Armenante and Alice Dodd. Armenante was also nominated for directing, and Dodd for acting.
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September 29, 1998 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Cider House Rules," the epic, two-part stage adaptation of John Irving's 1985 novel, ruled the 1998 Theatre LA Ovation Awards nominees, which were announced Monday. It took 13 nominations, including best play at a larger theater.
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June 13, 2004 | Don Shirley
The "Olympia" Theatre is actually the Odyssey. As well as the Tamarind and the Interact. The Olympia is the fictional name of the L.A. theater where much of the action takes place in the new movie "Frankie and Johnny Are Married." The movie is based on director Michael Pressman's real-life experiences mounting a production of Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." Pressman's first stab at the play took place at the Odyssey in West L.A. in 2001.
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July 25, 2002 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The latest offering from the Circle X Theatre Company, "Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog," a world-premiere musical now at the 24th Street Theatre, is the ground-floor production of what could well be a theatrical event. Despite a shaky vocal performance or two and a few rough patches in thematic cohesion, this consummately well-realized entertainment is a technical knockout with Broadway potential.
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February 3, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Odyssey Theatre production of Terrence McNally's "A Perfect Ganesh" led the pack of nominations for the 30th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, made public today. "Ganesh" received eight nominations, followed by six nods each for South Coast Repertory's "Private Lives," A Noise Within's "Buried Child" and the Matrix Theatre's "The Water Children."
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September 7, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Here's a find, and a very funny one. Spoofing Gothic literature and its 20th century spinoffs, as well as various florid movie adaptations of same, Circle X's "In Flagrante Gothicto" (now at the tiny McCadden Theater) mushes together bits of "Jane Eyre," "Wuthering Heights" and "Rebecca." Let's call the results satiric meatloaf of an exceptionally tasty order. There. I've used up my per-career allocation of meatloaf metaphors.
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July 14, 2002
Dance Don't expect the same old Shakespeare charades when Italy's provocative Aterballetto brings Mauro Bigonzetti's acclaimed full-evening ballet, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," to the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday. For starters, the music will be a commissioned symphonic score by rocker Elvis Costello, not the Romantic Mendelssohn pieces used by Balanchine, Ashton and so many others. Moreover, Bigonzetti's dance style promises to be just as contemporary.
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April 2, 1998 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What will men do for love or the lack of it? Glen Berger's "Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22" combines sex and science in the debauched social setting of 18th century Paris for some thoroughly warped answers. Under the direction of Jillian Armenante, this Circle X Theatre production at the Lost Studio Theatre has a wicked sense of the absurd as two scientists find a small measure of fame in their lifetimes, though history eventually forgets them.
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