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June 26, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kent Hawkins, one of the founders of the scruffy Orange County Coalition for the Theatre Arts, was trying to sound cheerful about the upcoming premiere here of his latest original play, "Urban Landscapes." But he was having a hard time. "Sure, I'm happy that this black comedy is getting done. I think it's a good play that tries to say something. But I'll tell you," he continued softly, "this is probably going to be the last thing OCCTA does. . . .
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June 26, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kent Hawkins, one of the founders of the scruffy Orange County Coalition for the Theatre Arts, was trying to sound cheerful about the upcoming premiere here of his latest original play, "Urban Landscapes." But he was having a hard time. "Sure, I'm happy that this black comedy is getting done. I think it's a good play that tries to say something. But I'll tell you," he continued softly, "this is probably going to be the last thing OCCTA does. . . .
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February 8, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The Orange County Coalition of the Theatre Arts is premiering two one-acts by local writers--the first centers on a woman's introspection on the eve of her suicide, the second attempts a little jocularity (!) on the eve of a man's execution in the electric chair. Steven Mills' "The Measurement of Arbitrary Momentum," despite structural flaws (and a self-conscious title), is the more ambitious playlet.
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September 7, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The Orange County Coalition of the Theatre Arts has opened its new six-play season with "A Bus Called Lust," described by Orange County writer Kent Hawkins as "for the most part, a parody of (Tennessee Williams') 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' " Come again? Except for the silly title, "A Bus Called Lust" bears only a cursory resemblance to Williams' venerable drama.
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February 2, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Steve Wilber and Kent Hawkins say their fledgling theater group, the Orange County Coalition of the Theatre Arts, has two goals: to showcase new and emerging writers and actors (many from Orange County) and to present works that are "art-oriented," meaning adventurous, or at least different from those that can be seen in most area playhouses.
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December 13, 1990 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mona has a problem: She is in love with Jim. Jim and Mona have a problem: He is gay and she is straight. Mona has another problem: She doesn't know Jim is gay. Jim has a bigger problem: He has AIDS. Mona has a solution to her problems: She will write a play with Jim. The play will be an AIDS primer about how there is no solution to Jim's bigger problem. I have a problem: I saw this play.
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May 13, 1993 | M. E. WARREN, M.E. Warren is a free-lance writer who regularly covers theater for The Times Orange County Edition.
Late in March, a play called "Encore" lit up the Backstage Theatre in Costa Mesa. It was the inaugural performance of an open-ended Southland tour that continues this and next weekend at the Art for Life's Sake Gallery in Irvine, but only one of the play's authors, Molly Hardy, sat in the audience that night. Her co-author and longtime friend, Jim Boyer, was dead of AIDS.
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December 6, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Molly Hardy tried to control herself but couldn't. The sobs kept coming as she recalled Saturday's performance of "Encore," the play Hardy wrote as tribute to her friendship with a man who has AIDS. "I've got to tell you, it was incredible," she whispered, then hesitated. "I don't know how to describe it. The audience stood and applauded Jim for five minutes. They responded to the play and to Jim, all the laughing and crying . . . it was like a miracle."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1991 | JAN HERMAN
Never trust the title of a play, especially in January. "Pirates," which begins previews Friday on South Coast Repertory's Mainstage in Costa Mesa, has nothing to do with Erroll Flynn. The prize-winning script of this fantasy drama does take its inspiration from a pair of 18th-Century female swashbucklers who might have taught the star of "Captain Blood" a thing or two.
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January 8, 1991 | JAN HERMAN
For anyone who wants or needs an inside look at contract talks between union negotiators and the corporate executives of a small chemical plant, "Snakes" provides it with excruciating exactitude. In fact, A.L. Parrish's play, which opened over the weekend at the Orange County Coalition of the Theatre Arts, goes in for the sort of technical detail that could fill a chapter in a college textbook about labor management and the impact of environmental issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1991 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blast of trumpets. Drum roll, please. The year 1991 was-- ta-dah! --a memorable one for Orange County theater. Sorry. Let's take that over. Blast of trumpets. Drum roll, please. The truth is 1991 was pretty forgettable. Except for a few standout productions and the Grove Shakespeare Festival's backstage summer of mayhem, nothing could compete for drama with living room telecasts of the Persian Gulf War, the crumbling of the Soviet Union and the hearings on Judge Clarence Thomas.
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