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August 25, 2007 |
Robert Barry Symonds, an actor who was a pivotal member of San Francisco's Actor's Workshop, one of the country's first regional theaters that helped quality drama migrate west in the 1950s from New York, has died. He was 80. Symonds, whose career encompassed Broadway as well as film and television, died Thursday of complications from prostate cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family announced.
October 15, 1988 |
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa announced Friday the casting of its first world premiere of the season, "At Long Last Leo" by Mark Stein. It will open on the Mainstage Oct. 28 for a five-week run. In his West Coast debut, Michael Kaufman will star as Leo, an idealistic young man who returns to his suburban home with a 638-page manifesto that he has spent two years writing in the hope that it will change the world.
February 24, 2000 |
It has taken some time for Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca," written more than 10 years ago, to make the pilgrimage to this Los Angeles premiere at the Fountain Theatre. Finely crafted and beautifully performed, the production features wonderfully incisive direction by Stephen Sachs. Yet in purely dramatic terms, Fugard's work is subtle to the point of the innocuous, so initially devoid of exposition and background that it takes awhile to develop sufficient empathy for the characters.
February 27, 1997 |
Allied pilots Archie Bennett (Robert Symonds) and Zelly Shimma (Malachi Throne) both fought courageously during World War II. A U.S. lieutenant, Zelly was shot down in a dogfight over the town of Beverley, England, losing his leg but gaining the status of war hero, while the unscathed Archie, a native Brit, returned to working-class obscurity.
February 4, 1998 |
"Ragtime" received nine nominations--more than any other show--while "Rent" was bypassed entirely in the running for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's annual awards made public today. By ignoring "Rent," the group dramatically departed from the views of its New York colleagues, who gave Jonathan Larson's musical the 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie awards.
February 3, 1988 |
Sitting cross-legged on the Mainstage at South Coast Repertory on Monday night, braving the ritual gauntlet of the theater's NewSCRipt series, playwright Mark Stein was not unlike a caged mouse. He didn't utter a squeak. The series, designed to test the "playability" of unfinished scripts by gauging audience reaction to staged readings, has gained a national reputation as a sophisticated laboratory for developing new plays.
September 19, 1986 |
Secrets are at the heart of David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (selected theaters), the most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life. Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges. Lynch has become a master at giving form to what is not permitted--rage, revulsion, our darkest imaginings--and by making them tangible, lets us acknowledge them.
December 16, 1986 |
No Oscar sits on Steven Spielberg's mantle. But while he waits for the Big O, other awards continue to come his way. Sunday night the director of such mega hits as "E.T.
November 8, 1986 |
One of the troubles with being married to Steven Spielberg, says Amy Irving, is that interviewers who come to talk to her about her career too often wind up writing about him. It is, of course, inevitable. Spielberg casts a long shadow, and since they have been together for 11 years--and married for one--who better to provide insight into the multimillionaire's life style than she? But Irving has a life of her own. And, since the birth of their son Max a year ago, a reactivated career too.
February 4, 1998 |
"Ragtime" received nine nominations--more than any other show--while "Rent" was bypassed entirely in the running for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's annual awards made public today. "Three Days of Rain," written by Richard Greenberg and produced by South Coast Repertory, won the annual Ted Schmitt Award for best play to premiere in the area, marking the third year in a row that the prize went to a play from the Costa Mesa theater.