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March 14, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"The People vs. Mona" is a 15-minute "Prairie Home Companion" sketch that got away from its makers and became an 85-minute affair. Benign to a fault, it's a courtroom musical set in Tippo, Miss., where folks are friendly and the local funeral parlor (via the ushers) hands out free fans, to help you cope with the 103-degree heat.
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March 14, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"The People vs. Mona" is a 15-minute "Prairie Home Companion" sketch that got away from its makers and became an 85-minute affair. Benign to a fault, it's a courtroom musical set in Tippo, Miss., where folks are friendly and the local funeral parlor (via the ushers) hands out free fans, to help you cope with the 103-degree heat.
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March 4, 1986 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
The Old Globe Theatre's staging of Peter Parnell's "Romance Language," a co-production by the Globe and the Mark Taper Forum, will not be seen this season in San Diego, the Globe announced Monday. The Globe will shift Jim Wann's musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes," scheduled to be seen on the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, to the larger Old Globe Theatre and import William Mastrosimone's "Cat's-Paw" from the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
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March 29, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
From their hoots 'n' hollers to their standing ovation, the opening night crowd at the Old Globe Theatre gave a real down-home welcome to the rockabilly revue, "Pump Boys and Dinettes." Brought to life here with an extra-shiny gas station and roadside diner set designed by Fred M. Duer, this musical amusement conceived by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann celebrates the small pleasures in life.
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September 23, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
It's a little jarring to see "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which is set in rural North Carolina, and then absorb the reports of the massive flooding in that state. Judging only from the country-fried musical that opens the McCoy Rigby season at La Mirada Theatre, life in those parts is almost totally carefree--and drama-free as well. Of course, the 18-year-old "Pump Boys" is much closer to a revue than it is to a book musical, and revues don't necessarily pump up the dramatic conflict.
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February 4, 1993 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for The Times Orange County Edition.
Between the text books and the late, late movies, I have culled the following important Old West facts: (1) A saloon was a place to drink. (2) Even good guys packed guns. (3) Cowboys didn't wear petticoats. At least not in public. Purists beware. In the interest of good, clean and socially responsible fun, "Diamond Studs," a Jim Wann/Bland Simpson musical presented by Casey/Woody Entertainment, gives the proverbial boot to the cold, hard fact.
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September 12, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Theater in the Inland Empire is in a period of rapid transition. A new cast of players has taken over most of the leading roles. A year ago, former L.A. director Peggy Shannon vowed to keep the fledgling Riverside Repertory Theatre going, even though she had recently taken a job as artistic director of Sacramento Theatre Company. Riverside Rep presented five one-night programs during 1998-1999. But after the last one in March, Shannon resigned.
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March 9, 2000
The Skirball Cultural Center's Purim Arts Festival features art workshops where kids can create hats, masks, noisemakers and crowns; entertainment by singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman, clowns, jugglers and magicians; a Hamantashen Baking Contest; and face-painting, dress up and gallery tours. * Purim Arts Festival, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 (includes museum entry); $7 with canned-food donation; under age 12, free. (323) 655-8587.
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March 5, 1986 | HILLIARD HARPER, Times Staff Writer
Playwright Peter Parnell's "Romance Language," the first co-production by the Old Globe Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum, will not be seen this season in San Diego, the Globe announced Monday. Parnell's play was to have traveled to the Globe after it closed at the Taper on Sunday. Instead, it will be postponed until next winter. The Globe will shift Jim Wann's musical, "Pump Boys and Dinettes," originally scheduled for its small Cassius Carter Centre Stage, to the mainstage.
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October 30, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Hey. Ever meet the pump boys at the Esso station out there on Highway 57? That's right next door to that Double Cupp Diner run by those two Cupp sisters, y'know? Prudie and Rhetta. Nice bunch of folks out there near Frog Level, just 15 miles this side of Smyrna, where there are three men--count 'em, three--to every woman. Frog Level's almost as good. The women there get two guys apiece.
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October 25, 1986 | JANICE ARKATOV
Who'd have ever thought that a low-key, country-style musical set in a gas station-diner would become an international hit? It happened in 1982 with "Pump Boys and Dinettes" (opening Wednesday at the Las Palmas Theatre), which premiered Off Off Broadway, went on to Off Broadway and Broadway and currently is seeing a burgeoning number of regional and touring productions. Yet, the show's beginnings were hardly auspicious.
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