February 22, 2002 |
Actors tend not to improvise at South Coast Repertory, where the guiding ethic is a faithful adherence to the words and meanings that playwrights put on the page. But a whole lot of improvising--logistical, not dramatic--is going on in connection with this year's fifth annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. Hardhats, not actors, will inhabit the theater in June, when the festival devoted to showcasing and developing works in progress customarily takes place.
April 23, 2002 |
Large pieces of Julia Cho's family past in Korea are missing, and she concedes they may never be found. Her play, "99 Histories," is partly a reflection on that loss. It also is the product of Cho's conviction that in the absence of facts, the imagination must take over, and that it can suffice. The play is one of five unproduced works-in-progress that will have public readings in the annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, Friday through Sunday at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
April 26, 2001
In the newest version of "Sesame Street Live: Let's Be Friends," little Elmo and Zoe start a friendship club for monsters, but soon open the doors to all; they build a clubhouse and put on a circus, too, in this musical stage extravaganza based on the PBS show. * "Sesame Street Live: Let's Be Friends," Forum, 3900 Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 7 p.m.; also Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 4:30 p.m. $12 to $20. (310) 419-3185.
February 2, 2001 |
Springtime slots that have remained vacant in the Ahmanson Theatre and Geffen Playhouse seasons are about to be filled. The Ahmanson will announce today that it will present "3hree," a trio of short musicals, while the Geffen is expected to name as its fifth show "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," pending the completion of negotiations with potential stars Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce. "3hree" replaces "Flower Drum Song," which was canceled in December.
April 27, 2001 |
As longtime yenta to various theatrical talents, the formidable Harold Prince has seen it all. His producing resume includes "The Pajama Game," "West Side Story" and "Fiddler on the Roof." The directing list: everything from "She Loves Me" to "Cabaret" to an extraordinary string of Stephen Sondheim musicals, "Company," "Follies" and "Pacific Overtures" among them. In other words, at this point in his life, Prince can do whatever he likes.