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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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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By David Ng
Mel Brooks will appear in a one-man autobiographical show at the Geffen Playhouse on Monday, "Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen. " The show will have only one performance. It will be the 87-year-old Brooks' first solo stage production. The Tony and Academy Award winner created the show, which will be seen at the Geffen's Gil Cates Theatre. When asked about the late announcement of the production, Ken Novice, the Geffen's managing director, said in an email statement that the production "came together really quickly.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
A new drama inspired by the life of author Patricia Highsmith and written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith will be among the offerings of the Geffen Playhouse's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Friday. The season will also include recent works by playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney, Conor McPherson and Stephen Belber. Murray-Smith's "Switzerland" will be a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company and will debut in Australia this fall before running in Los Angeles from March 3 to April 12, 2015.
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."
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.
NEWS
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.
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
April 18, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Watching Annette Bening perform the monologues of Ruth Draper at the Geffen Playhouse put me in mind of that lovely music tradition born out of reverence for the past: the tribute album. One doesn't expect a replica on these recordings - no two voices are ever the same. And part of the interest is seeing how one sensibility interprets another, how the greatness of the original is illuminated by the talent of the one paying homage. The rewards of these offerings naturally depend as much on the performance as on the auditor's expectations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Annette Bening will tell you about Sinatra's phrasings, the beauty and brutality of "The Iliad," homeless enchanters, acting classes, the knife edge between the hilarious and the tragic and those transcendent roles such as her adulterous real estate agent in "American Beauty," when "the roof comes off and there's this whole other dimension. The larger part of life. I get it. It's tangible. I'm in it. " Dimensions are the tricks of craft for a woman who contains multitudes, precisely the character Bening will channel in her solo performance of "Ruth Draper's Monologues" at the Geffen Playhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Margaret Wappler
Mimi Pond is the cartoonist that time almost forgot. Her credits should've sealed her in the pantheon of coolness forever: She wrote "The Simpsons'" first episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," as well as episodes of the children's TV show-cum-surrealist theater project "Pee-wee's Playhouse. " In 1982, her cult-classic book, "The Valley Girls' Guide to Life," taught wannabe Vals how to dress in a, like, totally tubular style. She wrote and illustrated four other humorous books on fashion, including 1985's "Shoes Never Lie," which tapped the stiletto obsession long before "Sex and the City," as well as comics for many publications, including this newspaper.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.)
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.
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.
NEWS
October 1, 2002 | JANET EASTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Built for a gated community with no thought to cost or owners associations' covenants, the custom homes for sale in Newport Beach are so ostentatious that even ex-Tyco execs would find them excessive. At $400 to $800 a square foot, these one-of-kind showcases are feats of architecture and engineering, as well as displays of the latest in construction materials and interior design. Granted, the neighborhood looks a little strange.
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.
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