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October 29, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not every writer can be mistaken for John Gay, the 18th century dramatist and wit who belonged to the Scriblerus Club with Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift and who is best remembered for his satirical play "The Beggar's Opera."
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October 29, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not every writer can be mistaken for John Gay, the 18th century dramatist and wit who belonged to the Scriblerus Club with Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift and who is best remembered for his satirical play "The Beggar's Opera."
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August 5, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Audiences are guaranteed to get into the thick of things at Pacific Theatre Ensemble's lavish revival of John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera," opening Thursday at the company's "co-op" space at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd. in Venice. "It's a sexy, bawdy, political satire--and we're doing it in period, environmentally," said PTE Artistic Director Stephanie Shroyer, who is also directing. "Every conceivable corner of the space has been converted into 1728 London.
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August 5, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Audiences are guaranteed to get into the thick of things at Pacific Theatre Ensemble's lavish revival of John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera," opening Thursday at the company's "co-op" space at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd. in Venice. "It's a sexy, bawdy, political satire--and we're doing it in period, environmentally," said PTE Artistic Director Stephanie Shroyer, who is also directing. "Every conceivable corner of the space has been converted into 1728 London.
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January 2, 2005
"The AVIATOR" brings to mind an audition in 1977. An actor, not well known, came into the production office seeking the title role in a long-form television special of Howard Hughes. We told him that Hughes came from Texas. Could he manage a Texas accent? His reply was one not easily forgotten. "Which part of Texas?" Tommy Lee Jones left the office with the part secure. He not only sounded like Hughes from film clips, he even looked like him. He was, critics agreed, quite wonderful in "The Amazing Howard Hughes."
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November 4, 1993 | DAN BERGER
Though Australian wines are still not a major part of the American market, they are making inroads because of their good value. John Gay, U.S. representative for Rosemount Estate of Australia, estimates that, in 1985, no more than 50,000 cases of Australian wine were sold in the United States. Last year, that figure was 1.2 million cases, enough to push Australia past Germany as the No. 4 source of wine imports in the U.S. In Britain, however, Australian wines are having even more of an impact.
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January 12, 1988 | LEWIS SEGAL
"The Beggar's Opera." Home Vision. $49.95. Resorting to his familiar, all-purpose BBC Shakespeare style, director Jonathan Miller offers pretentious pictorialism and crude histrionics in place of an incisive concept in this studio staging of John Gay's still-trenchant 1728 ballad opera. This time, there are tableaux out of Hogarth and a new ending for the opera (here Macheath does die).
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September 17, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
San Diego Comic Opera made its bow Friday night with a raucous period production of John Gay's bawdy musical parody "The Beggar's Opera." It would be refreshing to report that, after a decade as the San Diego Gilbert & Sullivan Company, the revamped company emerged from its cocoon a glorious Monarch butterfly. In fact, this caterpillar was barely given a face lift.
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March 6, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
Don't be misled by the shopping mall surroundings--professional polish and high-energy exuberance distinguish the Pasadena Shakespeare Company's handsome revival of "The Beggar's Opera." For all its potshots at social hypocrisy, John Gay's 18th century satirical classic is a frothier, zippier affair than the darker Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill "Threepenny Opera" adaptation, and director Dana Marley delivers a suitably spirited staging.
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July 30, 1989 | John M. Wilson \f7
Randy Shilts, author of the best-selling history of AIDS "And the Band Played On," is waxing enthusiastic about screenwriter John Gay's four-hour miniseries adaptation for NBC, now in final revisions. "I'm pleased with it, to be honest. I'm surprised," Shilts told us. "It includes the major political themes (from the book) dealing with the negligence of the federal government and various institutions" in responding to the crisis.
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July 26, 1993
Although one of Handel's biggest successes during his lifetime, "Acis and Galatea" is honored more in textbooks than in performances today. Happily, the concert version presented by the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra Saturday as part of the Music and Mythology series at the Getty Museum proved of far more than just antiquarian interest.
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May 2, 1992 | RAY LOYND
Beverly D'Angelo, in a throwback to the days of drop-dead femmes fatales , chews up a role that actresses would die for and runs away with the four-hour miniseries "Trial: The Price of Passion" (Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC, Channels 4, 36 and 39). It's not that John Gay's teleplay (based on Clifford Irving's book, "Trial") would have it any other way.
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