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ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2000
6pm Benefit The Center for Political Graphics' "[Un]Convention 2000" offers voters an irreverent alternative to election year politics just in time for the Democratic National Convention. The event, which will benefit the nonprofit center, will transform the El Rey Theater into a convention hall where guests can choose from alternative presidential candidates compiled by local artists, writers, entertainers and activists.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most Los Angeles comedy groups steer clear of political material. Los Angeles Theatre Center is trying to fill the gap with its latest project--a late-night political cabaret, "The Platform." The first edition of this "living newspaper" revue made its debut Friday and Saturday as part of LATC's annual "Big Weekend" festival, in the smallest of LATC's spaces, Theatre 4.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Latino theater was much in the limelight this summer. It was the focus of the Theatre Communications Group conference in Northampton (Mass.) in June, at South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights Project in July and, on an international scale, at New York's Public Theatre in August (where Los Angeles' Bilingual Foundation of the Arts was invited to present Lorca's "La Zapatera Prodigiosa," seen locally last March).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The Mark Taper Forum's 1999-2000 season will include a new Neil Simon play, "The Dinner Party," and two other world premieres--more than in any Taper season since 1988-89. Alan Alda will star as the colorful Caltech physicist Richard Feynman, the late Nobel laureate, in the premiere of an as-yet-unfinished and unnamed script by Peter Parnell, a project Alda brought to the Taper.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1995
As an actor, I would like to comment on "Why L.A.'s Theater Isn't World-Class" (Calendar, Nov. 27). I am currently working in a production of "Macbeth" at the Hollywood United Methodist Church. It is a unique production in that the audience follows the action from room-to-room (think "Tamara") and is treated with a banquet at intermission. On the strength of terrific reviews, response from the general public has been incredible. We have been consistently sold-out nearly every night for the past seven weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
Hollywood's newest movie studio, DreamWorks SKG, is giving Center Theatre Group $340,000 over the next two years to develop new plays. The money will fund a wide range of programs, most of them at the Mark Taper Forum, Taper producing director Robert Egan said last week. But which programs get which amounts hasn't been determined yet, he added. The gift is the largest made by the studio in more than a year of giving, said Andy Spahn, who directs corporate affairs for DreamWorks.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1991 | T. H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To a classical musician, accelerando means speed it up, but only in music, not in life. The word holds richer potency for a ballet dancer recovering from a broken foot, intent on finding true love by dawn on this particular New Year's Eve.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 1990 | ROBERT KOEHLER
If a festival of one-act plays is doing its job, it should allow us to sample vigorous and completely different voices. Not like a "Best of" anthology, but like a testing ground where some experimentation can take place. We sampled Series C of the West Coast Ensemble's "Sixth Celebration of One Acts" on Saturday, in the hopes of finding something exciting.
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April 28, 1993 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Angels on Fire" is a good example of what's wrong with most L.A. political theater. It's got yeasty material (the 1992 riots). The cast and director are hot. But the conception, writing and politics of the thing are so naive that its best intentions get doused. A collage of text snippets and rudimentary group choreographies, "Angels" is a production by a loosely knit group that calls itself the Platform.
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