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December 8, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
It has been a long time since Joan Darling was on the stage. Ten years, to be exact. The actress-turned-Emmy-winning director-acting coach is appearing in Jean Colonomos' "The Waiting Room," one of two soliloquies in "Crossing Boundaries" at the Company of Angels Theatre in Silver Lake through Sunday. "As a director, I'd been feeling that I wasn't developing myself as an artist," Darling explained of her return to the stage. "I was in service of other people's visions.
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December 1, 1995 | PHILIP BRANDES
Like the dueling puppets for which they're nicknamed, the antagonists in "Punch and Judy," Bill Svanoe's new reluctant buddy comedy at the reopened Century City Playhouse, go at each other with the exaggerated strokes of broad caricature. Unfortunately, their inevitable rapprochement has ambitions of emotional sensitivity the satirical treatment can't support, though quality performances offer watchable compensation.
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SPORTS
May 25, 1985
Bill Russell deserves to be starting somewhere. If the Dodgers want Mariano Duncan to play, then sit down Ken Landreaux. At least play the team's leading batter. JOAN DARLING Huntington Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
It has been a long time since Joan Darling was on the stage. Ten years, to be exact. The actress-turned-Emmy-winning director-acting coach is appearing in Jean Colonomos' "The Waiting Room," one of two soliloquies in "Crossing Boundaries" at the Company of Angels Theatre in Silver Lake through Sunday. "As a director, I'd been feeling that I wasn't developing myself as an artist," Darling explained of her return to the stage. "I was in service of other people's visions.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1995 | PHILIP BRANDES
Like the dueling puppets for which they're nicknamed, the antagonists in "Punch and Judy," Bill Svanoe's new reluctant buddy comedy at the reopened Century City Playhouse, go at each other with the exaggerated strokes of broad caricature. Unfortunately, their inevitable rapprochement has ambitions of emotional sensitivity the satirical treatment can't support, though quality performances offer watchable compensation.
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March 20, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Outre in its day, Joseph Kesselring's 1940 comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" maintains a degree of charm, though its gothic quirkiness seems mild today. All the same, William Bickley's solid staging at the Falcon Theatre shores up the creaky plot. Cary Grant's screwball portrayal of Mortimer Brewster in Frank Capra's 1944 film looms ineradicably in the memory. Lacking Grant's suavity, Shaun O'Hagan brings a raw-boned physicality to the role that gibes well with its slapstick requirements.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1986 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Don't let its lousy title fool you. "The Check Is in the Mail" (citywide) is simply forgettable, not simply awful. Still, it's bad enough to make you wonder whether any film investors actually saw a script before bankrolling this dismal low-budget bore. The best thing that can be said about the picture is that it gives likeable character actor Brian Dennehy a rare opportunity to handle a starring role.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 1986
The second annual Women in Film Festival--featuring a tribute to Julie Andrews and a slate of eight feature films and several industry seminars--will take place next month. Artistic director Gwen Field said this year's festival, co-sponsored by California First Bank, also will feature the first presentation of the organization's Luminas awards, recognizing film and television productions that "present multidimensional and non-stereotypical portrayals of women." Slated for Nov.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Outre in its day, Joseph Kesselring's 1940 comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" maintains a degree of charm, though its gothic quirkiness seems mild today. All the same, William Bickley's solid staging at the Falcon Theatre shores up the creaky plot. Cary Grant's screwball portrayal of Mortimer Brewster in Frank Capra's 1944 film looms ineradicably in the memory. Lacking Grant's suavity, Shaun O'Hagan brings a raw-boned physicality to the role that gibes well with its slapstick requirements.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1986
A.K. Allen, "The Ladies Club" (New Line); Laurie . Anderson, "Home of the Brave" (Cinecom); Ronee Blakley, "I Played It for You" (AUC Films); Lizzie Borden, "Working Girls" (no distributor); Zane Buzby, "Last Resort" (Concorde); Joyce Chopra, "Smooth Talk" (Spectrafilm); Joan Darling, "The Check Is in the Mail" (Ascot); Donna Deitch, "Desert Hearts" (Goldwyn); Sara Driver, "Sleepwalk" (no distributor); Linda Feferman, "Seven Minutes in Heaven" (Warner Bros.
SPORTS
May 25, 1985
Bill Russell deserves to be starting somewhere. If the Dodgers want Mariano Duncan to play, then sit down Ken Landreaux. At least play the team's leading batter. JOAN DARLING Huntington Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1986 | NANCY MILLS
Linda Gray, Jill Ireland and other actresses will discuss "Is There Gold After 40?" at a Women in Film seminar Saturday morning, leading off two days of discussions and screenings for the organization's second annual festival this weekend. Conny Hutchinson of the "Frankly Female" KHJ-TV talk show will moderate the discussion of women's changing screen image. The panel will also include Estelle Getty, Marla Gibbs and Doris Roberts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 1999
Movies Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is a dark British comedy about an East End cardshark (Jason Flemyng) who's staked to the biggest card game in town, not knowing it's a setup. The film, a sensation in England, also features Vinnie Jones, above, as debt collector Big Chris. It opens Friday at selected theaters.
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