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April 19, 1995 |
The Laguna Playhouse has named four of the five productions for its 1995-96 mainstage season at the Moulton Theater. * Sept.12-Oct. 22: "The Secret Garden," a musical by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. * Nov. 16-Dec. 10: "Under the Gaslight," an 1867 melodrama by Augustin Daly. * Jan. 2-28: A new play to be announced. * March 12-April 7: "Othello," by William Shakespeare. * May 7, 1996-June 2, 1996: "Rumors," a comedy by Neil Simon.
July 20, 1995 |
There's something in "The Secret Garden" that causes the eyes to water. It's not an allergy. It's plain and simple sentiment, and there's nothing wrong with that. There's sentiment galore in Fullerton Civic Light Opera's staging of the Marsha Norman-Lucy Simon stage version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic, but under Glenn Bradley's accomplished direction, you hardly notice it tugging at you.
August 21, 2005 |
IN terms of musicianly concentration, the pit band for the new musical "Zhivago" may not outdo the orchestra aboard the Titanic, which played on as the ship sank. But there is something to be said for mustering a cohesive performance while World War I and the Russian Revolution are being reenacted 2 feet above your head.
April 20, 1995 |
Like all enduringly popular children's tales, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" communicates a message about human values in the guise of an entertaining story. But where so many of the classics set their lessons against a backdrop of adventure and derring-do, Burnett's 1911 novel deals extensively with loss, wounding and the healing process of the soul. It's a profoundly inward-looking work, which presents all manner of difficulties for a dramatic adaptation.
July 12, 1992 |
July theater has a packed roster of touring productions, home-grown premieres and classics. The offerings include: Sunday: Theatre/Theater plays host to Lee Rosenthal's "Crushed: Tales From the twenty nothing Generation," a collection of solo pieces--some of which were featured in last season's anthology "A Freeway Home Companion."
July 18, 1992 |
Twelve-year-old Melody Kay is excited about visiting Los Angeles for the first time. But she's not a typical tourist. Melody is starring in the national touring company of "The Secret Garden," which opened Wednesday at the Shubert Theatre in Century City. The Michigan native plays Mary Lennox in Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic. Melody says she hopes to meet celebrities during the Los Angeles engagement.