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November 28, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Playwright John O'Keefe's past is catching up with him, but if he is feeling any dread, it's not coming through the telephone. Usually, he is holed up in his San Francisco home, penning solo and group theater pieces, dense with thickets of language sculpted by a writer's keen memory of a disturbing personal past.
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May 2, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For more than 10 years, "Shimmer" remained the sole property of its author, John O'Keefe. Unlike his typical hilariously surreal, often frenetic, ensemble plays such as "Mimzibim," "Shimmer" is an autobiographical memoir piece for one actor. For the past decade, that actor has usually been O'Keefe. Whether it's on stage, video, radio or public television, "Shimmer" has been thoroughly in O'Keefe's control--and with good reason.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For more than 10 years, "Shimmer" remained the sole property of its author, John O'Keefe. Unlike his typical hilariously surreal, often frenetic, ensemble plays such as "Mimzibim," "Shimmer" is an autobiographical memoir piece for one actor. For the past decade, that actor has usually been O'Keefe. Whether it's on stage, video, radio or public television, "Shimmer" has been thoroughly in O'Keefe's control--and with good reason.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Playwright John O'Keefe's past is catching up with him, but if he is feeling any dread, it's not coming through the telephone. Usually, he is holed up in his San Francisco home, penning solo and group theater pieces, dense with thickets of language sculpted by a writer's keen memory of a disturbing personal past.
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February 20, 2003 | F. Kathleen Foley
Times Like These: Loosely based on the real-life tragedy of an Aryan matinee idol and his Jewish actress-wife crushed under the juggernaut of the Third Reich, Padua Playwrights Productions' beautifully balanced drama by John O'Keefe, who also directs, reverberates with terror, humanity and hope. Laurie O'Brien plays Meta Wolff, while Norbert Weisser is Oskar Weiss, the star-crossed lovers whose cozy marital microcosm implodes with Hitler's ascension to power.
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September 15, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Performance artists John Malpede, Kevin Williams and their collective ensemble LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department) were among the winners at the sixth annual Bessie Awards for dance and performance given out Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House.
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June 25, 1986 | DON SHIRLEY
The highlight of "Outcasts," a trio of short shows at the Boyd Street Theatre, is "The Magician" by John O'Keefe. Dressed in a snazzy tux, the title character takes out a pack of unorthodox playing cards, each bearing an image that reminds him of another detail of what he imagines to be his wife's infidelity. It's a witty and lyrical excursion into this poor chump's mind, blessed with an impeccable performance by Matthew Goulish, directed by Lin Hixson.
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July 25, 1994 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The Padua Hills Playwrights Festival leads theatergoers on an elaborate, adult treasure-hunt through the grounds of Woodbury University, where the festival has resurfaced after a two-year absence. Whether its stage is a road, a hill or a pavement behind a building, each of the four eccentric short plays in the A Series feels like found art, and their eccentricities sometimes deepen into mystery when an actor appears from behind a shrub or when the wind participates in an actress's hair.
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March 9, 2000 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Happy hour is usually decompression time from the 9-to-5 grind, but under director Michael Arabian, the Century City Club dance floor becomes a mock shrine to the rat race in John O'Keefe's one-man show "The Promotion." Todd Mandel turns in a funny, delicious performance as a pathetic, blue Beemer-owning, brown-nosing suit, Ted.
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October 17, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though it isn't explicitly related to Halloween, John O'Keefe's "Mimzabim!" is a rowdy sampling of the holiday spirit for those adults who are looking for a few sharp jolts of mock horror. A lurid cartoon about a catatonic girl and the doctors who exploit her rare enzyme, only to succumb to the same catatonia, "Mimzabim!" has been aggressively staged by Roxanne Rogers at the New One-Act Theatre Ensemble.
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June 5, 1985 | KIRK ELLIS
It's only a matter of time before John O'Keefe finds the wide audience he deserves. Amid the general sitcomland of current local theater, the work of this Bay Area performance artist, marked by an uncommon regard for language and an unsparing yet ultimately compassionate view of the human condition, offers an adult alternative. If his followers can be said to constitute a cult, it is most certainly that of literacy.
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May 5, 2000 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
As the wind wuthers around a bleak country churchyard, a gravestone slides back to disgorge a procession of eerily lit, white-swathed corpses, who call out in echoing voices for their lost loved one. Not a bad way to commence "The Bronte Cycle," John O'Keefe's ambitious but problematic drama about the fabled Bronte sisters and their progression from obscurity to literary greatness.
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