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August 8, 1998 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone who thinks that recent years have made little difference in the way gays are treated in the theater need only talk to playwright Martin Sherman. Between the 1979 premiere of his best-known work, "Bent," and the 1990s triumph of such plays as Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," everything, he says, has "changed completely." He recalls, for instance, dutifully meeting the press in 1979, right before "Bent" opened in New York, starring Richard Gere and David Dukes.
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August 8, 1998 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone who thinks that recent years have made little difference in the way gays are treated in the theater need only talk to playwright Martin Sherman. Between the 1979 premiere of his best-known work, "Bent," and the 1990s triumph of such plays as Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," everything, he says, has "changed completely." He recalls, for instance, dutifully meeting the press in 1979, right before "Bent" opened in New York, starring Richard Gere and David Dukes.
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May 17, 1996 | PHILIP BRANDES
As Nazi persecution brutally consigns German homosexuals to subhuman status, the collision of heartbreaking poignancy with heavy-handed shock cliches makes "Bent" at Pasadena's Knightsbridge Theatre an alternately affecting and frustrating experience. Never in doubt, however, is the seriousness of purpose in Martin Sherman's historical tragedy or in Hugh Harrison's earnest staging.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1996 | PHILIP BRANDES
As Nazi persecution brutally consigns German homosexuals to subhuman status, the collision of heartbreaking poignancy with heavy-handed shock cliches makes "Bent" at Pasadena's Knightsbridge Theatre an alternately affecting and frustrating experience. Never in doubt, however, is the seriousness of purpose in Martin Sherman's historical tragedy or in Hugh Harrison's earnest staging.
NEWS
February 21, 1985
The council reversed a Planning Commission decision and unanimously approved Dr. Jerrold Martin Sherman's proposal for an outpatient surgical facility at 1508 Arizona Ave. Sherman plans to tear down three residential buildings and construct a 14,177-square-foot, three-story building for outpatient surgery.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 1996
A preview performance of Martin Sherman's drama "Bent," set in Nazi Germany from 1939 to 1942, will be held as a benefit for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena. Tickets are $25, and include a champagne reception following the show. All proceeds will be donated to GLAAD. Reservations: (818) 440-0821 or (213) 851-3244.
NEWS
February 9, 2006
Annette Bening and Alfred Molina head the cast in Anton Chekhov's classic "The Cherry Orchard," adapted by Martin Sherman and directed by Sean Mathias. Triple Academy Award nominee Bening has the role of Madame Ranyevskaya, grande dame and the matriarch of a hapless aristocratic family whose self- deceiving members are blind to the social upheaval swirling around them as their fortunes decline in pre-revolutionary Russia.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1998
Dance: The Jazz Tap Ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 in the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. $20. (213) 461-3673. Jazz. Michael Franks, Etta James, Nancy Wilson and Ronnie Laws are some of the performers scheduled to appear at the Long Beach Jazz Festival on Aug. 7-9 at the Rainbow Lagoon, Shoreline Drive and Convention Center, Long Beach. Aug. 7, 7-10 p.m.; Aug. 8, 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Aug. 9, 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1987
Last week we asked our readers to tell us what aspect of the increasingly nasty world of arts and entertainment bugged them the most. They responded. In some cases, quite nastily. You want to talk nasty? Consider what is dramatized in ghastly detail by Martin Sherman in his play "Bent." First, there is the herding of human beings into death camps. There is also: betrayal, brutality, genocide, murder, racism, sadism and suicide.
SPORTS
November 30, 1996
George Mikan was probably no better a shooter than Shaquille O'Neal, yet by shooting free throws underhanded, his career percentage was .778. Wilt Chamberlain was a poor shooter from 15 feet, so he shot underhand for a while and had a .613 percentage one season. I suspect the shame and embarrassment that O'Neal would undergo by trying some old-fashioned shot just wouldn't be worth it. And who's going to suggest it to him? AL BENSON El Cajon Open letter to Shaquille O'Neal: Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.
SPORTS
August 4, 2001
Tears welled in my eyes as we all stood to applaud Cal Ripken for the last time at the Big A Sunday. I again got misty as we were exiting the stadium along the right-field line 20 minutes after the last out. There was Cal, still in uniform, hugging kids, signing autographs and shaking hands while the Oriole team bus was being loaded with luggage and equipment. Truly the end of an era. By the way collectors, I'll trade 10 Raul Mondesi, 10 Gary Sheffield plus 10 John Rocker cards for one Cal Ripken.
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