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July 24, 1993 | Jan Herman, Times Staff Writer
"Much Ado About Nothing," critically lauded when it opened here recently at Chapman University's Waltmar Theater, is proving a hit for Shakespeare Orange County. "The box office was brisk last week," SOC artistic director Thomas F. Bradac said Tuesday. "We're hoping it will continues, because we lengthened our season by a week for each show this year, which means we still have seats to sell."
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July 24, 1993 | Jan Herman, Times Staff Writer
"Much Ado About Nothing," critically lauded when it opened here recently at Chapman University's Waltmar Theater, is proving a hit for Shakespeare Orange County. "The box office was brisk last week," SOC artistic director Thomas F. Bradac said Tuesday. "We're hoping it will continues, because we lengthened our season by a week for each show this year, which means we still have seats to sell."
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December 16, 1996 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps it's because I once lived in northern Vermont, where more often than not the woods were blanketed with snow most of the year, that I believe Christmas deserves to be celebrated under a full moon at midnight somewhere in the New England countryside not far from a roaring fireplace.
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March 3, 1993 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Playwright John Bishop, who usually concerns himself with more serious matters, took some time out from untying the dramatic knots of modern society, and decided to play a little joke. He called it "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," and a dandy little joke it is, sending up those movie mysteries that delighted audiences just before World War II. Three chorines were murdered backstage by a mysterious slasher during the run of a Broadway musical.
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December 17, 1994 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's no law requiring theater companies to put on Christmas shows, but those that do so inevitably reveal much about their company identity. South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" says something about that theater's belief in storytelling and craft. Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble's now-shuttered tradition of Thornton Wilder's "The Long Christmas Dinner" revealed its identity as a group full of actors hungry to play as many roles as possible.
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December 16, 1995 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the theatrical overabundance every Yule season of anachronistic Santas, cutesy elves and overly family-oriented entertainments, it's always a pleasure to relax to the unusual and very often enlightening Christmas program from Shakespeare Orange County. Don't let that statement give you the wrong idea. SOC's "A Midwinter's Night Dream," subtitled "A Shakespearean Christmas," is suitable for families with kids--as long as they're bright kids.
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July 17, 1995 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Campbell's exuberant performance as the limping, hunchback Richard in Shakespeare Orange County's handsomely mounted production of "The Tragedy of King Richard III" does not defy expectations so much as redefine them. The play, which opened Friday at the Waltmar Theatre, gives him one of the kinkiest roles in the Shakespearean canon to exploit his inventive histrionic talent. The part is huge and fascinating.
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July 11, 1994 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Shakespearean directors, "Twelfth Night" is one big sandbox play--go in your corner and mold it into any shape or size you wish. That, along with its obvious attraction as one of Shakespeare's finer marriages of tomfoolery and romance, is a major reason why "Twelfth Night" pops up so often.
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August 15, 1994 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Alan Mandell had plenty of time to rehearse for the granddaddy of Shakespearean roles, King Lear. Perhaps he has been rehearsing all his life. At times it seems he may have been rehearsing too long. When GroveShakespeare in Garden Grove went belly up and shut down suddenly last summer, Mandell had been ready and waiting to take on one of the most physically and emotionally demanding of all roles; the closing was just days shy of his first performance as Lear.
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December 15, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The holiday vibe that settles over Shakespeare Orange County's annual "A Shakespearean Christmas" is one of simplicity and caring. This no-frills show has the unpretentious charm of a Christmas get-together with friends eager to share. Even when it turns goofy, like at the end with the self-admitted silliness of the "act-along" to "The Twelve Days of Christmas," the indulgences and missteps must be forgiven. The production inspires generosity, just like the season.
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July 20, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Garden Grove is back in the groove as one of the Southland's centers for summertime theater. Two radically different productions opened over the weekend in adjacent venues at the Village Green in downtown Garden Grove: a merrily traditional "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Festival Amphitheatre and three short, bleak Beckett plays in the smaller Gem Theatre. "Much Ado" marks the return of producer Tom Bradac to the Festival Amphitheatre, which recently underwent a $200,000 renovation by the city.
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