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February 20, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
A row of extravagant hats, wigs and giant feathered who-knows-whats is perched on the ledge above the mirror. Actor Loren Freeman sits in front of the glass, facing a dressing table filled with containers of colored goop, as he paints layer upon layer of the stuff on his face. The nightly transformation into agent Sylvia St. Croix, his role (and the only cross-dressed part) in "Ruthless!"--a musical at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills--is no quickie. Sylvia is a vamp.
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February 20, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
A row of extravagant hats, wigs and giant feathered who-knows-whats is perched on the ledge above the mirror. Actor Loren Freeman sits in front of the glass, facing a dressing table filled with containers of colored goop, as he paints layer upon layer of the stuff on his face. The nightly transformation into agent Sylvia St. Croix, his role (and the only cross-dressed part) in "Ruthless!"--a musical at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills--is no quickie. Sylvia is a vamp.
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December 27, 1993 | LARRY GELBART, Gelbart is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose works for stage, film and television include "City of Angels," "Tootsie" and the TV series "MASH." and
Whether by chance or by design, it would appear that the Los Angeles Times has adopted a policy of diminishing Theater in Los Angeles, at least in the case of productions presented in small and mid-size venues. With the odd rare exception, it seems as if the only theatrical works considered worthy of front (or near front) page coverage are the big ones, the imports from New York or from London. A case in point is "Ruthless!
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November 19, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC EMERITUS
The costumes by Bob Mackie might be enough reason to see "Ruthless!," the new show at the Canon Theatre. These are grand, brightly colored overstatements in feathers, froufrou and flimflam, usually topped by cartoonish wigs sprayed into terminal unbreakability (the work of Joann Komin). But then there's more. Like subtle lighting by Michael Gilliam and witty sets by Lawrence Miller.
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August 14, 1996 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even though it may be on a stage, a cartoon is a cartoon. And there's nothing wrong with that. Playwrights have been writing cartoons since Aristophanes' "The Frogs." What's important is a director who knows the territory and how to bring it to life. In the Saddleback Civic Light Opera's production of "Ruthless!" at Saddleback College, director Jeff Paul shows he has the knack, as does musical director John Massey Jr., whose bright, energetic tempos are perfect.
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October 29, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Seeing "Annie Warbucks" for the second time in three months, as it swings back through Southern California on its way to greater fame and fortune, doesn't alter one's opinion of it as a hummable, untaxing, crowd-pleasing sequel to the 1977 hit "Annie." Au contraire . The show, seen Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, has dropped some fat since its mid-August appearance in San Bernardino and is the fitter for it.
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October 17, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The success of the original 1977 "Annie" did not come just from the discovery of an adorable moppet who could sing and dance. The key was that when the industrialist Oliver Warbucks met Little Orphan Annie, a spark ignited between one of the richest of the rich and one of the poorest of the poor at the time when America was wracked by the Great Depression.
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April 28, 1994 | BRIDGET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As screenwriter Larry Gelbart put it, "It's time for a love song, a celebration of the songs of Alan Jay Lerner." Gelbart's wife of 38 years, Pat Marshall, sang "My Love Is a Married Man" from the 1945 Lerner and Loewe show "The Day Before Spring," in which she had starred. She was one among a stellar cast Monday night--Michael Feinstein, who hosted the show; Lindsay Ridgeway, a veteran performer at 8, and Harold Nichols, still dancing like a youth in his 70s.
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August 17, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Never underestimate the persistence of Little Orphan Annie. Or her resourcefulness. The spunky redhead has returned in "Annie Warbucks," the sequel to the 1977 hit "Annie," making its California debut at the California Theatre of Performing Arts. Despite the show's checkered past as the disastrous "Annie II" (pulled from 1989 tryouts by its creative team), this kid doesn't take no for an answer.
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February 9, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Joan Stein is the kind of woman who thrives on challenge. She has to, or she couldn't last producing commercial theater in Los Angeles. As one of only a handful of producers in recent memory who have been able to make mid-size stage fare viable here, Stein has succeeded where many before her have failed or declined to even try. Los Angeles is not, after all, widely regarded as a theater town.
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