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February 22, 2004 | Don Shirley
California Repertory Company, the professional theater company based at Cal State Long Beach, is no longer the Howard Burman Repertory Company. Burman, the company's founding artistic producing director, has left Long Beach after 16 years in which Cal Rep became known for producing Burman's own plays and adaptations as much as for anything else. The new interim leader is Joanne Gordon, a longtime director with the company who hopes to take over permanently.
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February 22, 2004 | Don Shirley
California Repertory Company, the professional theater company based at Cal State Long Beach, is no longer the Howard Burman Repertory Company. Burman, the company's founding artistic producing director, has left Long Beach after 16 years in which Cal Rep became known for producing Burman's own plays and adaptations as much as for anything else. The new interim leader is Joanne Gordon, a longtime director with the company who hopes to take over permanently.
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December 12, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tis the season of joy, goodwill and unabashed sentimentality. "An O. Henry Christmas," back for its third Christmas at Cal Rep, deserves to become a long-standing holiday tradition. This charming period piece gives you that welcome, warm seasonal frisson, right down to the tips of your pleasurably contracting toes. Adapter Howard Burman's simple yet effective device allows the recapitulation of some of O. Henry's most beloved stories.
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December 6, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
'Tis the season of joy, goodwill and unabashed sentimentality. "An O. Henry Christmas," back for its third Christmas at Cal Rep, deserves to become a long-standing holiday tradition. This charming period piece gives you that welcome, warm seasonal frisson, right down to the tips of your pleasurably contracting toes. Adapter Howard Burman's simple yet effective device allows the recapitulation of some of O. Henry's most beloved stories.
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December 8, 1999 | DARYL H. MILLER
Dickens doesn't have the corner on stories about spiritual rebirth or the gift of giving. William Sydney Porter, known as O. Henry (1862-1910), was also partial to such themes. Several of his tales are woven together with colorful threads from his own life in "An O. Henry Christmas," a California Repertory Company tradition, now at the Edison Theatre in Long Beach.
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February 21, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Set in England in the mid-18th century, Shirley Gee's historically based "Warrior" defines a new genre--the potpourri play. Not that playwrights aren't prone to wandering off the beaten theme on occasion. However, Gee's yarn about a comely British lass who dons drag and fights in His Majesty's fleet is a porridge of romance, action-adventure, mysticism, feminism and antiwar rhetoric, with a bit of bump-and-grind burlesque thrown in for good measure.
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May 10, 1995 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a nose that's attractively large rather than grotesquely huge, Edmond Rostand's classic hero is swashbuckling once more in California Repertory Company's production of the 1897 classic "Cyrano de Bergerac." The nose that Armando Jose Duran wears in the title role is not the only timid thing about the staging at Cal State Long Beach's Studio Theatre. It is a fairly standard reading of Rostand's sweeping drama, directed by Joanne Gordon with few poetic flights and dim romantic fire.
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May 26, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The rarefied private worlds of literary giants sometimes have an antique bloom, an aura of such delicate shading that often it is difficult for playwrights to duplicate the emotional settings with a sense of honesty. With "Shadowlands" (at the Long Beach Studio Theatre), William Nicholson accomplished the task with intelligence, humor and a great understanding of the enigma that was author C.S. Lewis.
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September 29, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There would seem to be at least one stumbling block to writing a musical about Amelia Earhart's last flight: Wouldn't a good chunk of the action have to take place in a small plane, high over the Pacific Ocean? In the world premiere production of "Bird of Quintain" at California Repertory Theatre, that block has been removed neatly via a simple expedient: The piece has been shaped as a sort of staged oratorio. But don't let that mislead you.
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December 9, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The setting for "An O. Henry Christmas," now in its fifth year at the California Repertory Company, is a crummy back alley somewhere in the tenements of New York City. The only sign the holidays have arrived is a tiny, bedraggled Christmas tree, more of a Christmas twig, bent over in one corner. But within this underfed environment, good cheer pulses strongly.
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