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June 3, 1986 | JOHN VOLAND
The musical birthday party given by the 29-voice Pasadena Repertory Singers Sunday afternoon in celebration of the Pasadena Centennial was very much like most anniversary celebrations: a little long and a bit too strait-laced, but warming and even surprising in the final analysis.
April 22, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Among the revivals and West Coast premieres that dominate our theatrical offerings, the startling phrase “world premiere” implies an exhilarating, possibly risky novelty: You can't help expecting pyrotechnics. But Rachel Bonds' “Five Mile Lake,” receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, is a small, quiet play in which nothing particularly momentous happens. In fact, you may forget you're watching a play at all, and that the people in whose every fleeting expression you have become so deeply absorbed are actors reciting memorized lines.
May 2, 1986
South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa has donated $1,000 to the Tustin-based L. P. Repertory Co. to help sponsor live theater programs for Orange County schoolchildren. L. P. Repertory Co., which produces the Lilliput Players traveling theatrical troupe, tours Southern California schools presenting classical literature underscored with classical music in a living theater format.
March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
A new production of the Phillip Hayes Dean play "Paul Robeson" that was scheduled to open Friday in Los Angeles has been postponed due to an injury sustained by actor Keith David. The play, a production by the Ebony Repertory Theatre at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, had its first preview performance on Wednesday. All subsequent performances have been put on hold until David recovers, according to the company. The injury involves swelling to the actor's knee, according to Wren T. Brown, the Ebony's founder and producer.
November 24, 1987
Stephen Powers has been named president of Chameleon Music Group. Powers previously was manager of pop artists and repertory for Capitol Records.
August 6, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
There are some writers who slow down with age. Terrence McNally, 72, is in many ways the opposite - a playwright who seems to grow more productive and adventurous as he gets older. With four Tony Awards to his name, McNally could easily rest on his honors. But the writer clearly isn't in the retirement mind-set. This week, McNally is at the Ojai Playwrights Conference to present his new play "AndAway We Go," a time-hopping, meta-theatrical drama that he describes as one of his most experimental works.
April 19, 2013 | By Jean Lenihan
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has long bedecked its ensemble in suits (the jazz crowd in "For Bird - With Love") and took a recent turn with androgynous menswear (Camille A. Brown's "The Evolution of a Secured Feminine"). Yet in previous incarnations, these fitted jackets and rakish hats have been of a jazzy, romantic stripe, spurring angled moves and scurrying feet. One imagines a crafty urban vernacular born from fast pedestrians, tight corridors and dizzying heights. Those speedy, showy creatures of past Ailey seasons bore no resemblance to the crumpled, besuited unisex ensemble that came to life Wednesday night at the Music Center premiere of "Minus 16" (1999)
April 3, 2011
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: Friday through April 17, check website for full schedule and repertory Cost: $25 to $105 Information: (213) 972-0711 or
April 24, 1990
Robert Cochran Currier, 77, founder of the Kennebunkport (Maine) Playhouse which featured famed actors of the 1930s. He also was an actor who toured in plays with such actresses as Kathryn Cornell and Cornelia Otis Skinner. Currier had founded the Garrick Players, out of which grew the Kennebunkport repertory group. In Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on April 15.
January 23, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Audiences will weep no more when Humphrey Bogart looks into Ingrid Bergman's eyes and says, "Here's looking at you, kid"--at least not at the Balboa Cinema in Newport Beach. At the end of this month, the Balboa--Orange County's only full-time repertory movie theater--will abandon showings of classic and cult films from "Casablanca" to "Eraserhead" in favor of a new format featuring first-run foreign and art films.
January 13, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Trudy and Max in Love," a new play by Zoe Kazan now at South Coast Repertory, might sound like an innocent romantic frolic, but red roses and sweet nothings have little to do with it. For the navel-gazing characters in Kazan's well-observed yet ultimately facile drama, being "in love" is a condition so extreme it may require medical intervention. Sure, it feels great in the beginning, but like any addiction it robs you of yourself. A study of an adulterous relationship, from its tentative beginnings to its unsurprising conclusion, the play has the contemporary sheen of a premium cable drama.
November 2, 2013 | By Susan Reiter
NEW YORK - The sign on West 152nd Street, in Harlem's historic Sugar Hill neighborhood, reads "Dance Theatre of Harlem Way" - an appropriate indication of the permanence of the distinctive, dance organization that has struggled and evolved, but endured. Its building has, from its start in 1969, hosted a busy school; students range from neighborhood 3-year-olds to young adults in the highly focused professional training program. But for eight long and soul-searching years, its acclaimed performing company, which had been its most visible aspect, did not exist.
October 14, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In the program for "Fast Company," a play by Carla Ching now having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, the verb "grift" is helpfully defined: "To obtain goods or money illegally by use of skill rather than violence. " Many of you are no doubt already familiar with this term from the captivating 1990 Stephen Frears movie "The Grifters," which is clearly an inspiration for Ching's wily drama about an Asian American family of con artists, who are as ruthless with one another as they are with their marks.
September 23, 2013 | By David Ng
During their long tenure as artistic directors of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, David Emmes and Martin Benson nurtured numerous plays that have gone on to national prominence, including "Wit" by Margaret Edson, "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg, "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire and "Collected Stories" by Donald Margulies. The duo stepped down from their joint post in 2011 but remain active at the company, regularly directing stage productions. SCR, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, announced Saturday that it is honoring its artistic co-founders by renaming its main venue, the Folino Theatre Center, after Emmes and Benson.
September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Amy Herzog's "4000 Miles" follows the bumpy relationship between a feisty nonagenarian and her directionless grandson, who turns up by surprise one day at her New York home. The play, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year, debuted in New York in 2011 in a production by Lincoln Center. It will make its local debut at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, opening Oct. 25. Herzog said in a recent phone interview that the character of Vera Joseph, a 91-year-old radical who has become a semi-recluse in her Greenwich Village apartment, was inspired by her own grandmother, whom she described as a hard-line leftist.
September 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It's always a privilege to be in the company of an actor who doesn't worry about being liked by an audience, who refuses to ingratiate himself as a performer to soften the sharp edges of his character. Charlie Robinson, star of the South Coast Repertory revival of "Death of a Salesman," is such an actor. His Willy Loman isn't out to win fans and influence producers. This veteran salesman is too bitter to put on a smiling face. Simple courtesies elude him. When his wife tells him she bought American cheese instead of Swiss, he growls in disgust.
October 2, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Tulsa Ballet has given the first North American performances of George Balanchine's "Mozart Violin Concerto," created by the late choreographer in 1942 when he was temporarily working in Buenos Aires. The staging of the ballet was supervised by Esmeralda Agoglia, an Argentine dancer who had worked at the Teatro de Colon and was able to restore the work from memory. The once-popular "Mozart Violin Concerto," set to Mozart's Violin Concerto No.
August 11, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN
Rep Five--the Mark Taper Forum's fifth official nibble at providing its audience an experience of repertory theater--has come and gone, with results much like those of Reps One, Two, Three and Four. One show worked; one show didn't. The show that worked was Ken Ruta's staging of Arthur Schnitzler's "Undiscovered Country."
July 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The world is used to watching actual or fictitious Orange Countians on television in “Arrested Development,” “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and “The O.C.” South Coast Repertory, the county's flagship theater company, is doing its own part in cultivating indigenous O.C. stories and characters for the stage. In the newly announced “CrossRoads Commissioning Project,” South Coast Rep will use a $150,000 grant from the Time Warner Foundation to send six playwrights into the field for encounters with O.C. communties - ethnic or other -- from which they're expected to draw inspiration for new plays.
July 14, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
It's rare for small theaters in Southern California to grow into midsize theaters because of the expense and risk that come with expanding from a storefront to a house of 100 seats or more. But the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills, among the smallest at 49 seats, is contemplating a leap that would live up to the company's name. The Chance, which started in 1998 as Spare Change Productions in wry acknowledgment of its then-minuscule resources, is thinking of tripling its seating in the near future.
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