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April 9, 1996 | JANICE ARKATOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Don't look for playwright OyamO any time during spring break--or summer recess or Christmas vacation. He's in hiding. "When I'm writing, I want to sit down and work till I'm done," says OyamO (pronounced o-yahm-o), who finds competition for writing in his day job--as associate professor of theater--at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. "During vacations, I lock myself in my place and don't come out till it's time for classes again. It certainly doesn't help with social relationships."
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April 9, 1996 | JANICE ARKATOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Don't look for playwright OyamO any time during spring break--or summer recess or Christmas vacation. He's in hiding. "When I'm writing, I want to sit down and work till I'm done," says OyamO (pronounced o-yahm-o), who finds competition for writing in his day job--as associate professor of theater--at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. "During vacations, I lock myself in my place and don't come out till it's time for classes again. It certainly doesn't help with social relationships."
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February 29, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I Am a Man" was the slogan on the placards of some of the municipal workers who went on strike in Memphis in early 1968--an event best known today because it brought the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, where he was assassinated. It's also the title of a richly layered drama about the grass-roots leader of that strike, T.O. Jones. OyamO's play is at the Fountain Theatre, staged by Anthony J. Haney.
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October 24, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
After two years at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, the Mark Taper Forum's annual New Work Festival is again on the move, to the Actors' Gang in Hollywood. The Falcon, busy with its first full season, was unavailable this year, said Taper producing director Robert Egan. Part of the Taper festival was at the Actors' Gang in 1994, and "the ambience of that space is conducive to a new work festival. The audience that comes to that space is interested in this kind of work," Egan said.
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December 29, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
Here are 10 memorable productions from 1996. This list purposely excludes anything that's on theater critic Laurie Winer's list (see adjacent story). Also, it should be noted that shows can be terrific without necessarily being memorable. Revivals of familiar shows might be wonderful, but unless they do something new with the material, they're more quickly forgotten than shows that tackle something new. In chronological order based on when I saw them: 1. "I AM A MAN" at the Fountain Theatre.
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May 7, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
The Humana Festival of American Plays, now in its 13th year at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky, has the greatest stature among the nation's play festivals. It has generated notable work from the very beginning. The first festival produced just two plays, but one was D.L. Coburn's "The Gin Game," which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. The second festival, which jumped to six plays, launched Marsha Norman's "Getting Out." And the third festival produced Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart," which also won a Pulitzer.
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