March 23, 1997 |
As a boy, Jules Aaron appeared in a soda commercial with Buster Crabbe and sang on "The George Jessel Show." But any dream of a performing career ended one Saturday afternoon in Detroit, when Aaron, then 20, caught Laurence Olivier's performance in a touring production of "Becket." "I thought, 'If he can give this kind of performance in Detroit at a Saturday matinee, I'm probably in the wrong business." And thus, Aaron jokes, he and the world were spared "a lot of pain."
May 19, 1994 |
Charles Ludlam, a real wise guy of a playwright, would have had fun with Orange County. There's enough overblown silliness around here to satisfy any farcical satirist, and Ludlam had a knack for puncturing any target in need of deflation. He never made it to sunny O.C. (he chose Manhattan as his home base and rarely strayed from it, founding the Ridiculous Theater Company in 1967 and creating broad, gender-twisting comedy with a slicing edge until his death 20 years later).
June 14, 1993 |
Say good night, Jules. That is the message GroveShakespeare's acting artistic director Jules Aaron has gotten so far to an appeal for funds to keep the county's second-largest professional theater company from closing.
August 27, 1991 |
Director Jules Aaron, whose triumphant staging of "Measure for Measure" has just closed at the Grove Shakespeare Festival, is about to pose a formidable question.
June 19, 1990 |
When the Grove Shakespeare Festival closed out last season with "Twelfth Night" at the Gem Theatre in February, artistic director Thomas F. Bradac devised a spare production meant to emphasize the text. As he dryly put it then, he was going for a "non-concept concept." He wanted to treat the play without the sort of high-concept spin that has become many a director's stock in trade. Bradac was not just deflating artistic pretensions about making Shakespeare "relevant."
June 20, 1989 |
Amid the sweeping changes at the Grove Shakespeare Festival--which has dropped its associated Grove Theatre Company designation, and has adopted a unified, indoor-outdoor schedule running through December instead of dual, year-round programming--one of the things that remains unchanged is the theatrical collaboration with guest director Jules Aaron. When the festival launches its 11th annual Shakespeare season Friday with "Romeo and Juliet" under the stars at the 550-seat Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove, it will mark the third consecutive year that Aaron has directed the opening play.