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February 21, 1997 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It takes guts to pen an autobiographical musical at 36, especially when you're not a star in the People magazine sort of way. But diminutive Ren Woods didn't become a film, television, theater and recording artist by being shy about her talents or abilities. And by the end of her world premiere, "A Diva Like Me: Ren Woods in Concert," at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, it's clear she has a great story to tell.
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February 21, 1997 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It takes guts to pen an autobiographical musical at 36, especially when you're not a star in the People magazine sort of way. But diminutive Ren Woods didn't become a film, television, theater and recording artist by being shy about her talents or abilities. And by the end of her world premiere, "A Diva Like Me: Ren Woods in Concert," at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, it's clear she has a great story to tell.
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June 9, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Many child stars derail long before they grow up, let alone segue into adult careers, but not Ren Woods. The diminutive dynamo began singing and acting almost 30 years ago and she's been going strong ever since. It'll be 20 years on Saturday since Woods made her stage debut as Dorothy in the first national tour of "The Wiz" at the Ahmanson Theatre. And on Saturday she'll be back on a downtown stage in "A Diva Like Me," at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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June 9, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Many child stars derail long before they grow up, let alone segue into adult careers, but not Ren Woods. The diminutive dynamo began singing and acting almost 30 years ago and she's been going strong ever since. It'll be 20 years on Saturday since Woods made her stage debut as Dorothy in the first national tour of "The Wiz" at the Ahmanson Theatre. And on Saturday she'll be back on a downtown stage in "A Diva Like Me," at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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August 12, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Progress takes a back seat to pathos in the California Music Theatre production of "Clothespins and Dreams," a jazz/gospel/pop musical that made its world premiere Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. "It takes place in 1911," explained Ron Miller, who wrote the book and lyrics to Ken Hirsch's music. (They also collaborated on the musical "Satchmo.") "It was the middle of the Industrial Revolution," he said. "All of these great inventions--and with each, 100 men were out of a job."
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November 2, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
It's hard to tell how many Joni Mitchell fans there are in the world, and not enough of them were at the press preview of "The Joni Mitchell Project" Wednesday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. But those who were there were happy. No, they were ecstatic. With plenty of reason. There will be the purists out there who want their Joni coming only from the woman herself. Her warblings and cadences are intensely personal and virtually inimitable.
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October 16, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a dream-like world suffused with the blues, "Spunk" plunges into the particularities of the black experience to tell three stories that are absolutely universal. A hard-working washerwoman gets unexpected revenge on her abusive, philandering husband in "Sweat." A young woman gives two swaggering Harlem pimps a comeuppance in "Story in Harlem Slang."
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December 9, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Writer-director Reza Abdoh puts his unique stamp on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in "The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice," premiering Thursday at Los Angeles Theatre Center. In the original, Orpheus journeys to Hades and persuades the Lord of the Underworld to let his wife, Eurydice, go. The condition is that Orpheus mustn't look back at her as they're leaving. But he does . . . and loses her.
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September 23, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Lorca was the first Spanish playwright to write about human rights, especially the condition of women," said Margarita Galban, whose staging of Federico Garcia Lorca's "Dona Rosita the Spinster: The Language of Flowers" (1935) opens Wednesday at Bilingual Foundation for the Arts. "In that era, women had only one role: to marry and have children. When that choice is denied to Rosita, she has nothing."
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August 13, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More clothespins, please, and fewer dreams. The creators of "Clothespins and Dreams," California Music Theatre's first new musical, have a fascinating subject--the women who scrub other people's clothes in a Harlem laundry yard in 1911, at the moment when their meager income is threatened by the new motor-powered washing machine. The situation is rife with potential dramatic conflict, and the fact that most of these women are black adds further historical and musical dimensions.
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March 14, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James L. Brooks is directing a play. The TV and movie hyphenate, known for the Mary Tyler Moore and "Taxi" series and such movies as "Terms of Endearment" and "Broadcast News," will direct Glenn Close, Laura Dern and Woody Harrelson in "Brooklyn Laundry," a new play by Lisa-Maria Radano at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood. It will be Brooks' debut as a stage director. Previews begin April 21, with the run scheduled May 1-12.
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