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March 11, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the early summer of 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock visited her native Romania. What she found was a country struggling to find itself after a revolution that abolished Communist rule. The nation's reviled dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been executed a few months before, and Romania's new leader, Ion Iliescu, faced a crisis as hundreds of students fought with thousands of miners in Bucharest over the direction the new government was taking.
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March 15, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock returned to her native Romania to see for herself the immense changes taking place. Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was gone, and the freedom promised by the country's new leader, Ion Iliescu, looked like the same old totalitarianism. "The Almond Seller," the play that resulted from Hock's odyssey, doesn't make a political statement. And that's all to its good.
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March 15, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock returned to her native Romania to see for herself the immense changes taking place. Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was gone, and the freedom promised by the country's new leader, Ion Iliescu, looked like the same old totalitarianism. "The Almond Seller," the play that resulted from Hock's odyssey, doesn't make a political statement. And that's all to its good.
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March 11, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the early summer of 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock visited her native Romania. What she found was a country struggling to find itself after a revolution that abolished Communist rule. The nation's reviled dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been executed a few months before, and Romania's new leader, Ion Iliescu, faced a crisis as hundreds of students fought with thousands of miners in Bucharest over the direction the new government was taking.
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March 9, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the early summer of 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock visited her native Romania. What she found was a country struggling to find itself after a revolution that abolished Communist rule. The nation's reviled dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been executed a few months before, and Romania's new leader, Ion Iliescu, faced a crisis as hundreds of students fought with thousands of miners in Bucharest over the direction the new government was taking.
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February 10, 1987 | NANCY CHURNIN DEMAC
When the Berlin Wall went up, many thought it couldn't last. Who could believe that people would stand for a nine-foot wedge of stone and barbed wire, manned with searchlights and guns, cutting Berlin in two, separating brother from brother? "People get used to anything," a soldier says in the premiere of Oana-Maria Hock's "Berlin, Berlin," a UC San Diego production playing at the Mandell Weiss Center through Feb. 14. And so they do. Last year, the Berlin Wall was a quarter of a century old.
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November 2, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Is the Mark Taper Forum worthy of seven times the funding received by Los Angeles Theatre Center? The Taper received $280,000 and LATC received $40,000 in the recently announced annual grants of the National Endowment for the Arts. LATC's artistic director Bill Bushnell is actually proud of this year's grant, for it's one-third higher than last year's $30,000. Asked how much LATC applied for, Bushnell said he couldn't remember, but "my guess is between $100,000 and $150,000."
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February 15, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
Last year the UC San Diego drama department sorted through more than 300 applicants from the United States and abroad to fill a mere 20 openings in its graduate program. Not bad for a professional theater training program that is little more than 10 years old. The department is one of 11 training organizations nationwide that belong to the prestigious League of Professional Training Programs.
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November 3, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
In the midst of preparing the San Diego premiere of "La Cage Aux Folles," a backstage drama is unfolding at the Starlight Musical Theatre that could leave an opening for a new executive producer as early as next week. Less than a week after the Starlight board of trustees held a closed-door meeting, Harris Goldman, Starlight's executive producer since October of last year, confirmed that he is discussing his contract with the board, which well meet next week.
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November 10, 1989 | Nancy Churnin
The National Endowment for the Arts, with an increasing demand for a diminishing supply of dollars, is beginning to look like the Incredible Shrinking Grant to institutions like the Old Globe Theatre. The Old Globe, which received the largest professional theater grant the NEA gave to any San Diego theater in 1989, was dismayed--but not surprised--to find a reduction in its annual grant from last year's $187,500 to $180,000.
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March 9, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the early summer of 1990, playwright Oana-Maria Hock visited her native Romania. What she found was a country struggling to find itself after a revolution that abolished Communist rule. The nation's reviled dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been executed a few months before, and Romania's new leader, Ion Iliescu, faced a crisis as hundreds of students fought with thousands of miners in Bucharest over the direction the new government was taking.
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November 17, 1989 | Nancy Churnin
Eighteen-year-old Eric Kobrick, a recent graduate of Crawford High School in San Diego, decided to write a play because, as an actor, he had a hard time finding the kind of parts he wanted. "Setbacks," the story of a father who comes into conflict with one of his two sons about the other one who has Down's Syndrome, was one of four one-acts chosen for production in the annual California Young Playwrights Project show, set for Jan. 10-21 at the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre's Elizabeth North Theatre.
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April 18, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN
Mandell Weiss turns 100 years old Monday. In a phone conversation this week, Weiss revealed two primary secrets to his longevity: the Mandell Weiss Theatre and the soon-to-open Mandell Weiss Forum, both on the corner of Torrey Pines and La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla.
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