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November 29, 2002 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Two wacky original musicals and a caustic British comedy swell the already bountiful offerings of holiday-themed shows this Christmas season. If you're in the mood for the purely odd, try William Robens' "A Mulholland Christmas Carol" at Theatre of NOTE. An offbeat reworking of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," the musical recasts Ebenezer Scrooge as Los Angeles water czar William Mulholland (Greg Wall), a grasping, covetous old sinner who gloats over his hoard of water, not gold.
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November 29, 2002 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Two wacky original musicals and a caustic British comedy swell the already bountiful offerings of holiday-themed shows this Christmas season. If you're in the mood for the purely odd, try William Robens' "A Mulholland Christmas Carol" at Theatre of NOTE. An offbeat reworking of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," the musical recasts Ebenezer Scrooge as Los Angeles water czar William Mulholland (Greg Wall), a grasping, covetous old sinner who gloats over his hoard of water, not gold.
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August 30, 1990 | T. H. McCULLOH
Three-and-half hours is a long time to spend "In Sherwood," no matter how exciting the derring-do of Robin and his Merry Men. In Joe Patrick Ward's new musical version at the Granada Theatre, the Robin Hood legend is sitting on so many theatrical fences that a fall from any of them would be welcome. After cutting 90 minutes out of his show, Ward will have to decide whether to be period--when he's stilted and pretentious--or modern--when he's funny but derivative.
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March 12, 1993
When Leslie Jordan pops out from behind the chorus of "Hysterical Blindness," at the Hudson Backstage, he takes command of his predominantly one-man show about the pitfalls of growing up in East Tennessee, talented, gay and knowing you really belong somewhere else. We say "predominantly" because Jordan has surrounded himself with a bright, vivacious company that helps create the world he finally escaped in order to conquer wild and woolly Hollywood.
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August 11, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS
Aspiring songwriters, take heart. Your musical can't possibly be as bad as those parodied in "The Grave White Way," now at Cinegrill in the Radisson Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Or at least not as deliberately bad. Composer-librettist Joe Patrick Ward has devised this agreeable, if mostly one-note, cabaret spoof of Broadway bombs. Unlike "Forbidden Broadway," which savages real shows, Ward's revue lambastes imaginary ones, notable only for their complete lack of taste. In "Wichita!
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May 25, 2001 | JANA J. MONJI
Writing a musical about bad musicals is like tempting fate. Joe Patrick Ward's revue about imaginary bad musicals, "The Grave White Way," at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, is burdened by too many clunkers and lead-footed transitions that often detour into wild tangents of unnecessary character development. Five dead musical stage actors (Craig A.
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April 4, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
There are plays that make you cry and plays that make you laugh till you cry. And then there is Del Shores' "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife," which does both -- sometimes in the space of a single sentence. In a spot-on staging at the Zephyr Theatre, this new play introduces more of the humorously off kilter Texas types who populated such Shores comedies as "Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?)" and "Sordid Lives."
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September 17, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"The Woman in Black," "Anything Goes" and "Animal Farm" are ahead in the race for the annual Ovation Awards, L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards. Each of the three shows received seven nominations -- so far. But the total nomination figures aren't complete. Costume design nominations weren't announced Tuesday with the others. Because of a computer glitch, voters are being asked to resend their costume votes.
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May 10, 2001
Just before Tuesday's release of his new album, "Let's Get Lost: The Songs of Jimmy McHugh," acclaimed trumpeter Terence Blanchard leads his quintet in an evening that also features vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. * Terence Blanchard and Bobby Hutcherson, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 8 p.m. $25-$30. (562) 985-7000.
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May 20, 2001 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, F. Kathleen Foley is a regular theater reviewer for Calendar
Dante missed a bet in his "Purgatorio." He failed to include a special circle of the afterlife for bad actors, a punishing precinct where the untalented must atone for their earthly flops. But Joe Patrick Ward picks up where Dante left off. His affectionate spoof of Broadway musicals, "The Grave White Way," is set in musical theater purgatory. Imagine "That's Entertainment!" as divine retribution, and you'll get the idea.
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