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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1994
A group of architects and home-builders raised $144,000 to help the homeless Saturday, auctioning off elaborate playhouses for children to a crowd of 600 at a dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The homes included "Once Upon a Time," an English country cottage with hand-carved beams and a hardwood, parquet floor. It went to the highest bidders of the night, Harry and Julie Eberlin of Corona del Mar, who paid $27,000.
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March 12, 2014 | By David Ng
Blythe Danner will return to Broadway in the new Donald Margulies play "The Country House," which is scheduled to open Oct. 2 in a production by the Manhattan Theater Club. But before bowing in New York, Danner and the play will open at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles for a month-long run starting in June. As previously announced, "The Country House," directed by Daniel Sullivan, is set to open at the Geffen on June 11. (The staging will be a co-production between the Geffen and MTC.)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
Nine handcrafted children's playhouses will be sold to the highest bidder this afternoon in a Fashion Island parking lot to raise money for the most desperate of children--those without a home. The 5 p.m. auction--to be held next to the Hard Rock Cafe--begins Homeless Awareness Week in Orange County, sponsored by four county nonprofit organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Rosa Quirino liked to perform with leather huaraches on her feet and a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa. When men teased her as she sang, she would tell them: "Gentlemen, we are working. " Then, she'd pull out her gun. The year was 1903, and Doña Rosa, a mariachi from Mexico who began playing violin at age 13, was a rare sight. Her story and others are being featured in an exhibit this month at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The show covers more than a century of history surrounding female mariachis: ladies who found success - starring on television, scoring sponsors and performing internationally - at a time when the Mexican music genre was ruled entirely by men. "They were seen, they were heard, they performed in front of thousands of people," said Leonor Xochitl Perez, the exhibit's organizer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN
A benefactor who would not give his name brought students at William T. Newland Elementary School a new playhouse Friday to replace one stolen earlier this week. School Principal Rosemary Eadie said that the man left a brand-new cabin, similar to the one stolen from the schoolyard Wednesday night, with a custodian. When the school employee asked who the children should thank, she said, the man replied, "Just tell them Santa brought it."
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June 18, 2000 | From Washington Post
This may be the ultimate hand-me-down: an outdoor play space designed especially for kids when they're kids, then turned over to parents for outdoor dining and entertaining when they're not. "Kids grow up so fast, you're lucky to get five to eight years of use out of any piece of play equipment," says Oakton, Va., interior designer Loren Rosenstein. She counts on a considerably longer life expectancy for the outdoor playhouse she's planned for her daughter, Madeleine, 3.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County home builders are nationally known as leaders in the design and construction of large housing developments. This summer, a dozen of them indulged their imaginations by building custom children's playhouses in a project aimed at raising funds to aid the homeless. The results, on display at two Orange County shopping centers through Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN
A 4-foot-square cabin used by special education children at William T. Newland Elementary School disappeared Wednesday night from a fenced-in yard. "It's so sad," said teacher Jennifer Moore, who described the little plastic house as a popular site for classes as well as play periods. Whoever took the cabin apparently hoisted it over a 6-foot chain-link fence and moved it across the school campus. School officials said they found tire tracks leading to the fence and empty beer bottles nearby.
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July 10, 2000 | JULIE DEAR, WASHINGTON POST
For Barbara Butler, playhouses are serious business. Drawing on her childhood growing up with seven brothers and sisters, the San Francisco-based designer and builder creates whimsical confections worthy of the most active imagination: trapdoors, jail bars ("One of our most popular options," Butler says. "Kids are really into the jail theme"), swinging ropes, peepholes, escape hatches, fireman's poles.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1993 | JOHN O'DELL, Times staff writer
Playhouse '93: Project Playhouse, the HomeAid Orange County fund-raiser that drew rave reviews from thousands of people who viewed the elaborate playhouses in the program's first outing last year, is back. Builders and subcontractors in the county have teamed to produce nine highly customized playhouses--including a replica of Minnie Mouse's Toontown house at Disneyland--that will be auctioned on Nov. 13. The houses went on display Friday at the Fashion Island retail center in Newport Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
SAN DIEGO - With an assured and intimate voice, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar's stories cleverly slide across religion, tradition, sexuality and the dangerous if sometimes comical predicaments endured by Muslims in a post-Sept. 11 world hardened by incendiary politics and "us" versus "them" prejudices. His work is intricately American, revealing the strains and joys of Muslims, many of them immigrants, trying to hold on to their ancestry while assimilating into a nation that celebrates diversity yet takes intense pride - and a degree of security - in counting the ways in which we're the same.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Matthew Lopez's “The Whipping Man,” presented by the West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Pico Playhouse, is an unusual yet well-crafted drama written with the no-holds-barred emotionalism of vintageWillian Inge or Arthur Miller. The play begins at the close of the Civil War, as the badly wounded Caleb (Shawn Savage) returns to his wealthy family's burned-out home in Richmond. Caleb's family has decamped for safer climes, and only two of their recently freed slaves - Simon (Ricco Ross)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Forced to jettison a master of disquieting stage menace, Harold Pinter, when its revival of “The Birthday Party” broke an axle or two during rehearsals last month, the Geffen Playhouse is filling the hole in its season with “Reasons to Be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, another playwright whose hallmark is confronting audiences with some of humanity's darker habits and impulses. Running July 29 to Aug. 31 on the Geffen's main stage, the Gil Cates Theater, it will be the sixth LaBute drama that the company has staged since 2007 -- the most recent being last year's adaptation of August Strindberg's “Miss Julie,” transplanted to 1920s Long Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By David Ng
Hold your RSVPs to the Geffen Playhouse's revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party. " The highly anticipated production, staged by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin, has been abruptly called off only two weeks before its official opening. Leaders at the Geffen said that the production has been postponed to an unspecified future date. The cause of the postponement was the sudden departure of British actor Steven Berkoff, with accounts differing as to whether he resigned voluntarily or was effectively dismissed from the production.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By David Ng
The upcoming revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" at the Geffen Playhouse has been abruptly called off only two weeks before its official opening. Leaders at the Geffen said that the production, which was to have been directed by William Friedkin, has been postponed to an unspecified future date. "The Birthday Party" was to have starred Tim Roth in the lead role of a piano player living in a seaside boarding house. The production was scheduled to open Feb. 12, with preview performances beginning on Feb. 4, and run through March 16.  The Geffen declined to elaborate on the postponement, but Friedkin said in an interview that it was due to the departure of actor Steven Berkoff and the inability to find a suitable replacement in the available time.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Long Beach Playhouse revives Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," Denis O'Hare recites "An Iliad" at the Broad, and "Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel" returns to Santa Monica Pier's West End Theatre. Carnaval de Cabrillo Community event features dance, music, etc., and a preview of Cabrillo Music Theatre's upcoming production of “In the Heights” (at 1:45 p.m.). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Today, noon. Free. I'll Go On Barry McGovern co-created and stars in this solo show based on three Samuel Beckett novels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The landscape architects, interior designers and builders were making dozens of last-minute decisions. Should they put flagstones on the walkway between the house and the driveway? Does the Adirondack chair look better on the porch or in the yard? Would gold trim on the flower box complement or overwhelm the green stripe already there? All this fussing for playhouses.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In 21st century America, there is one subject even more difficult to discuss honestly in public than race: money. It took a while but near the end of Monday evening's diversity forum featuring the artistic leaders of Southern California's most prominent nonprofit theaters, the issue everyone was skirting was finally being loudly addressed. Barry Edelstein, still settling into his job as artistic director of San Diego's Old Globe, articulated the biggest obstacle to change in the American theater: "the inertia of the business model" that stems from "the fear" of jeopardizing the budgetary status quo.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat   A single flop can result not only in a loss of the earned income that nonprofit theaters are relying on to an ever-greater extent, but also in a backlash with philanthropic giving that can have dire institutional consequences.
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