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July 30, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rick Golson expected the usual when he asked members of the Orange Coast College Repertory Company for suggestions on what to stage for the troupe's annual summer festival: maybe a Beckett, a couple of Mamets and, of course, a Shepard or two. What Golson wasn't expecting were all the original, student-written dramas and comedies that ended up in his office. Sixteen in all--a pretty big haul for the small but feisty troupe that is run, for the most part, by the students who belong to it.
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July 16, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most theater-goers are familiar with such Tennessee Williams' masterworks as "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." But titles such as "Moony's Kid Don't Cry" and "Hello From Bertha" may leave even some Williams fans puzzled. That's probably because they're one-acts, drama's equivalent of the short story. Williams wrote dozens during his long career, but few have been staged regularly, especially in the years following the playwright's death in 1983.
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July 16, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most theater-goers are familiar with such Tennessee Williams' masterworks as "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." But titles such as "Moony's Kid Don't Cry" and "Hello From Bertha" may leave even some Williams fans puzzled. That's probably because they're one-acts, drama's equivalent of the short story. Williams wrote dozens during his long career, but few have been staged regularly, especially in the years following the playwright's death in 1983.
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July 28, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For some of the student writers, directors and performers in Orange Coast College's Repertory Theatre Co., the ability to make mistakes is one of the program's many draws. "You get to do things here that you would not get to do anywhere else," said Shannon McCormick. "Which is not necessarily a good thing," Kelly Flynn joked quickly. McCormick is directing Flynn's play, "Stasi," in the college's five-day Original Play Festival opening today.
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July 28, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For some of the student writers, directors and performers in Orange Coast College's Repertory Theatre Co., the ability to make mistakes is one of the program's many draws. "You get to do things here that you would not get to do anywhere else," said Shannon McCormick. "Which is not necessarily a good thing," Kelly Flynn joked quickly. McCormick is directing Flynn's play, "Stasi," in the college's five-day Original Play Festival opening today.
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July 9, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The rambunctious Orange Coast College Repertory Company will present its annual festival of student-written and produced plays beginning Friday night. The program will run for two consecutive weekends. On Friday and July 18, "Cheaters" and "The Brady Bunch--The Lost Episodes," written by Michael Hebler and Gia Princeton, will be offered. Shari Jackson's "Theater Zone" will be featured Saturday and Sunday. Kelly Lynn's "Stasi" will be staged July 17 and 19.
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April 26, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Orange Coast College's Repertory Company toys around with William Inge's "The Boy in the Basement." The group, composed of OCC students, uses the short drama like a playground for one antic after another. The problem isn't that "Basement" can't lend itself to satire. The one-act by the author of such Middle America standards as "Picnic" and "The Country Girl" is self-conscious and naturally goofy--a brooding melodrama about a depressive mortician, his domineering mom and drunken dad.
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August 31, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
There's a line in Woody Allen's "God," a paraphrase of an old Hollywood maxim, that goes like this: "Theater is for entertainment. If you want to deliver a message, call Western Union." That's Woody being glib, of course. Allen, after all, has throughout most of his career been the main man of the big-brain set, a comic who does deliver messages, along with the entertainment. But that crack makes sense for "God," one of his earlier efforts apparently designed solely for yuks.
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September 4, 1999 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Next to getting a driver's license, the greatest dream of most teenage boys is their sexual coming of age. According to David Rimmer's slight 1980 play "Album," girls are as curious as boys. The first production of Orange Coast College's Repertory Theatre Company's 15th season in Costa Mesa takes two young men and their girlfriends and charts their course to this end throughout their high school years.
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August 30, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The electronic billboard at Orange Coast College touts "Waiting for Godot" this way: "Humor! Comedy! Ha!--Ha!--Ha!" Maybe they should have added, "By Sammy Beckett, that gagster of ennui! That joker of Angst!" Well, folks, "Waiting for Godot" isn't really that big a hoot. Let's call it a "tragicomedy," with alienation and desperation as the twin punch lines. The billboard is misleading in another way too.
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July 30, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rick Golson expected the usual when he asked members of the Orange Coast College Repertory Company for suggestions on what to stage for the troupe's annual summer festival: maybe a Beckett, a couple of Mamets and, of course, a Shepard or two. What Golson wasn't expecting were all the original, student-written dramas and comedies that ended up in his office. Sixteen in all--a pretty big haul for the small but feisty troupe that is run, for the most part, by the students who belong to it.
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December 10, 1987 | CATHY DE MAYO
"The Lutz Radio Theatre Christmas Show of 1947" is a refreshing addition to the blizzard of nostalgia that traditionally descends at this time of year. Yes, Virginia, it is nostalgic, but never cloying. Yes, Santa does make an appearance, but only peripherally. And, yes, it is sentimental, but it is also salty and funny in this good-natured staging by the Orange Coast College Repertory Theatre Company.
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September 2, 1993 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer and Tony award-winning "The Shadow Box" was written in the pre-AIDS '70s, its insights into death and dying seem as current as headlines of the '90s. The three patients at the core of the play have cancer, but the emotional reverberations of their condition and the effect on their loved ones are universal.
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