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June 14, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer," a Tony Award nominee for this year's best play, will fill the previously unannounced fourth slot of the Geffen Playhouse's 2008-09 mainstage season. The play, which revolves around a drunken night of poker and a deal with the devil, will run April 22 to May 24. It will be staged by Randall Arney, the Geffen's artistic director and the first director to replace McPherson, who directed the play in London and New York. Arney will also direct "Seafarer" for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre this December.
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April 11, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
David Mamet's "American Buffalo" is set in a junk shop, but there are jewels to be found in the play and they are thrillingly laid out for us in the Geffen Playhouse's dynamically acted production directed by Randall Arney. What a pleasure to experience again the ferocious gusto of Mamet's language when it was still being composed for individual characters. Lately, Mamet seems to be writing for his own bullhorn, but this relatively early work, which had its Broadway premiere in 1977, reminds us of the reason his style set off a revolution in American playwriting.
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March 24, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Randall Arney, artistic director of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre from 1987 to 1995, has been named to the same position at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. But Gilbert Cates, the producing director of the theater who has made the artistic decisions since the theater began five years ago, isn't leaving. Cates said he invited Arney into the theater's leadership because he wants to spend more time on his own directing projects, including a film this summer as well as plays at the Geffen.
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June 14, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer," a Tony Award nominee for this year's best play, will fill the previously unannounced fourth slot of the Geffen Playhouse's 2008-09 mainstage season. The play, which revolves around a drunken night of poker and a deal with the devil, will run April 22 to May 24. It will be staged by Randall Arney, the Geffen's artistic director and the first director to replace McPherson, who directed the play in London and New York. Arney will also direct "Seafarer" for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre this December.
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February 4, 2001 | HUGH HART, Los Angeles writer Hugh Hart is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Imagine Bruce Willis and Jeremy Irons sitting politely on a sofa, and you'll have a rough picture of the talented odd couple from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre who are now calling the shots at the Geffen Playhouse. Managing director Steve Eich, the one with the shaved pate, was hired in September to run the business side of the Westwood operation.
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April 11, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
David Mamet's "American Buffalo" is set in a junk shop, but there are jewels to be found in the play and they are thrillingly laid out for us in the Geffen Playhouse's dynamically acted production directed by Randall Arney. What a pleasure to experience again the ferocious gusto of Mamet's language when it was still being composed for individual characters. Lately, Mamet seems to be writing for his own bullhorn, but this relatively early work, which had its Broadway premiere in 1977, reminds us of the reason his style set off a revolution in American playwriting.
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January 18, 1998 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Randall Arney sits in the living room of his new Hancock Park home on the day before Christmas, with his back to the yet-unpacked boxes tucked away in the adjacent dining room. Soft Los Angeles sunlight streams in through arched picture windows, creating a scene quite different from the many Chicago winters he's known. That's not why the quietly congenial director-actor, 41, has just relocated to L.A., but it doesn't hurt.
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January 23, 1998 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
In a French bistro in 1904, where famous men come and go, a barman makes a prediction concerning the new century. He tilts up his head and proclaims: "Led by Germany, this will be known as the century of peace! Clothes will be made of wax!" At its pithiest, the distinctive voice of playwright Steve Martin is a tonic for our millennial unease.
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May 3, 2002
Four West Coast premieres, including a new play by the Tony Award-winning book writer of the musical "James Joyce's The Dead," will be part of the Geffen Playhouse's 2002-03 season. Opening the season will be David Eldridge's "Under the Blue Sky," Sept. 18-Oct. 20. Set in Britain, where it was produced at the Royal Court Theatre, it consists of three interconnecting plays about the after-hours affairs of three pairs of teachers. The U.S. premiere is slated for June in Williamstown, Mass.
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February 28, 2002 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Company Rep, formerly known as Actors Alley, makes a splashy and spirited debut in "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," the group's inaugural production as an independent production entity. Set in 1904, the play revolves around a hypothetical meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, visionaries on the cusp of immortality.
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February 4, 2001 | HUGH HART, Los Angeles writer Hugh Hart is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Imagine Bruce Willis and Jeremy Irons sitting politely on a sofa, and you'll have a rough picture of the talented odd couple from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre who are now calling the shots at the Geffen Playhouse. Managing director Steve Eich, the one with the shaved pate, was hired in September to run the business side of the Westwood operation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Randall Arney, artistic director of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre from 1987 to 1995, has been named to the same position at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. But Gilbert Cates, the producing director of the theater who has made the artistic decisions since the theater began five years ago, isn't leaving. Cates said he invited Arney into the theater's leadership because he wants to spend more time on his own directing projects, including a film this summer as well as plays at the Geffen.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1998 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Randall Arney sits in the living room of his new Hancock Park home on the day before Christmas, with his back to the yet-unpacked boxes tucked away in the adjacent dining room. Soft Los Angeles sunlight streams in through arched picture windows, creating a scene quite different from the many Chicago winters he's known. That's not why the quietly congenial director-actor, 41, has just relocated to L.A., but it doesn't hurt.
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December 9, 2007 | Jenny Sundel
The bling was blinding at the Conde Nast-sponsored "Movies Rock" taping at the Kodak Theatre on Dec. 2, where Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Queen Latifah and Fergie performed famous songs from films. But Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger out-did 'em all with $3 million in Neil Lane jewels for her performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Presenter 1. Jennifer Lopez bellied up to Kate Hudson backstage; 2. John Legend reached out and touched Mary J.
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October 24, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Saturday's West Coast premiere of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at the Westwood Playhouse. There was a packed after-party in the courtyard. Performed by the Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre Company, this is Steve Martin's one-act comedy regarding a hypothetical meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in 1904 in a Parisian cafe. "They were two young men with big ideas and it was just prior to these ideas being fully expressed," said Martin.
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