January 1, 1988 |
"Children's theater" may be a misnomer. The best of it, though geared perhaps to a certain age, is easily accessible to adults. Good children's theater is simply good theater--the same rules apply. This year's No. 1 offering was "One Thousand Cranes," presented by the Mark Taper Forum's Improvisational Theatre Project. The exquisite drama by Colin Thomas dealt openly with kids' fears of nuclear war. Peter C.
December 28, 1989 |
In Kidbeat's six years of reviewing theater for young people, the Mark Taper Forum's Improvisational Theatre Project has usually ranked No. 1. This year, top marks go to its production of Lisa Loomer's "Bocon!," a potent blend of Central American mythology and stark reality, staged in dream-like style by ITP artistic director Peter C. Brosius.
March 23, 1994 |
The Mark Taper Forum's latest P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) production, touring Southland public venues and schools, turns out to work quite nicely as a complement to the clown hit "Fool Moon," finishing its run Sunday at the Doolittle Theatre. "Harold's Big Feat," a short comedy created and performed by Wolfe Bowart and directed by Peter C. Brosius, is billed as "a day in the life of an Everyman clown."
April 7, 1989 |
Central American mythology, political reality and a child's fears are potent elements in "Bocon!" the Mark Taper Forum Improvisational Theatre Project's latest play for young people at Barnsdall Art Park's Gallery Theatre in Hollywood. Unlike last year's delicate "The Bear That Wasn't" that played best in small spaces, "Bocon!" has the same large scope of the company's internationally acclaimed "One Thousand Cranes" of two years ago. Children's theater doesn't get much better than this.
April 13, 1986 |
"Scenes From an American Life,'R. Gurney's first full-length play, has its Los Angeles premiere Saturday at the Skylight (it played the South Coast Repertory in 1975). Written in 1970, it was the first of Gurney's major comedic studies on the lives of the rich and WASP-ish, about whom Gurney says, "I hold an affection for, and anger with, the restrictions of their values.
June 19, 1993 |
Suzan-Lori Parks is in a curious situation. It took so long for her 1986-89 play, "Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom," to finally receive a full production in Los Angeles that, as she tells it, the play now reflects a chapter of her life that has been securely closed. "Oh yeah, I've moved past that one," she said confidently on the phone from her New York home. "When I did it, it was done, and I moved on."
April 19, 1995 |
The "Dear Parent" letters minced no words in explaining that children from the third grade up were going to see a play about AIDS and that classes would be discussing AIDS--how you get it, how you don't. The response was overwhelmingly positive, said Dolores Chavez, program manager for the Mark Taper Forum's PLAY (Performing for Los Angeles Youth). "We came into it with apprehension--'Let's put it out there and see what happens.' " Now more than 10,000 children have seen it.
April 4, 1992 |
"William Shakespeare has become such an icon, we sometimes forget he was a human being. There had to be something before the plays were written . . . What was this man like as a teen-ager and a young man?" Playwright Greg Atkins is speaking about what inspired his new family play, "William of Stratford," a fully mounted professional work commissioned by Grove Shakespeare through a grant from the Leo Freedman Foundation. It opens Thursday at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove.
December 28, 1985 |
Thirty students and four instructors hold hands in a circle. The drama room is quiet, but there is electricity in the air as they begin to squeeze each other's hands. A giggle is heard, then another. "Quiet!" actress Diane Rodriguez says as her eyes scan the circle. "The reason we do this is because this is like acting. You have to learn to concentrate. You have to be ready to do what you're told."
October 26, 1989 |
"I've always been plugged into the wall," Peter Sellars declared. "I love radio. It's where I live, where I come from." It's also where the Los Angeles Festival's artistic director has been spending some of his happiest creative time recently--as a contributor to "The Territory of Art," a 16-part weekly radio series sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art and broadcast locally on KCRW-FM (89.9). The program begins its third season today at 10 p.m.