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August 28, 1998 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Even had it not been written by him, it was a scene that Samuel Beckett might have found arresting. In the audience, four people sit, watching a lone actor on an almost-bare stage going through the paces of Beckett's arid, oddly stirring one-act "Krapp's Last Tape." When the play ends, the actor, Rick Cluchey, does not emerge for a bow (as per the author's wish, says the program).
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August 28, 1998 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Even had it not been written by him, it was a scene that Samuel Beckett might have found arresting. In the audience, four people sit, watching a lone actor on an almost-bare stage going through the paces of Beckett's arid, oddly stirring one-act "Krapp's Last Tape." When the play ends, the actor, Rick Cluchey, does not emerge for a bow (as per the author's wish, says the program).
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November 24, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Rick Cluchey and R.S. Bailey, co-directors of "A Weekend With Samuel Beckett" at the St. Ambrose Art Center, offer an evening of Beckett one-acts in celebration of the San Quentin Drama Workshop's 40th anniversary. Obviously done on a shoestring, this no-frills production is rigorous in intent, if not production values.
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November 24, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Rick Cluchey and R.S. Bailey, co-directors of "A Weekend With Samuel Beckett" at the St. Ambrose Art Center, offer an evening of Beckett one-acts in celebration of the San Quentin Drama Workshop's 40th anniversary. Obviously done on a shoestring, this no-frills production is rigorous in intent, if not production values.
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December 29, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Twenty years after his release from San Quentin, Rick Cluchey is still in a cage. "The Cage,' which he wrote in 1965 and is being restaged at the Odyssey, is his grim drama about prison life--and even now, the experience remains very, very real. "The further you get into the process of the work, the more you can draw from the past, see what has been," explained Cluchey, 54, who was given a life sentence without possibility of parole in 1954 for armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnaping.
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May 6, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
*** "Weeds" HBO. $89.99. 1987. R. Nick Nolte is splendid in a virile, emotion-charged performance as a suicidal convict redeemed by his discovery of the world of literature. Jon Hancock's engaging, heart-on-its-sleeve movie was inspired by the experience of ex-convict Rick Cluchey, founder of the Barbed Wire Theater. With Rita Taggart, Ernie Hudson, Bill Forsythe and John Toles-Bay.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1988 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Enthusiasm. If stage artists don't have it and send it out, audiences won't pick it up. What audiences will drop faster than you can say "Equity Waiver" is forced, calculated enthusiasm--that byproduct of desperation that was palpable almost anywhere you looked in smaller theater this year. You could hear it approaching the box office: Love us, please . The plea is especially loud if you're a critic and the theater depends on your review.
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May 5, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS
Bae Yong-Kwun's awesomely beautiful "Why Has the Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?" is at the Nuart for one week. Its title is a riddle, referring to the unanswerable question as to why the Indian monk who founded Zen Buddhism left home. It tells of an elderly monk guiding his disciple and an orphan boy on the path toward enlightenment.
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February 21, 1993 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Billy Hayes is doing a role-reversal in Carol Kaplan's new play "Sitting Man" at the Pacific Theatre Ensemble in Culver City. The author of the autobiographical novel "Midnight Express," about his experiences as a prisoner in Turkey, Hayes is playing the role of prison interrogator this time. "(The play takes place) in prison but (this time) I'm on the other side of the table," said the 45-year-old Los Angeles resident.
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December 29, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Twenty years after his release from San Quentin, Rick Cluchey is still in a cage. "The Cage,' which he wrote in 1965 and is being restaged at the Odyssey, is his grim drama about prison life--and even now, the experience remains very, very real. "The further you get into the process of the work, the more you can draw from the past, see what has been," explained Cluchey, 54, who was given a life sentence without possibility of parole in 1954 for armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnaping.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
Most of the highlights of my year of reviewing were in the genre of little musicals. The year began with a spirited revival of the Bock-Harnick trilogy of one-act musicals, "The Apple Tree," at Long Beach's Studio Theatre: a production that treated the show's big themes and small frivolities with equal conviction and success. The revue "Bittersuite: Songs of Experience" appeared in June and is still playing (after cast changes) at the Back Alley.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
'It's a post-revolutionary play," said Kevin Heelan, whose "Distant Fires" just opened at Long Beach's International City Theatre. Set in Maryland in the mid-'70s, the six-character drama features an interracial construction crew, whose emotions flare at news of a race riot in a nearby town. Heelan based the story on his own experiences doing construction work in Ocean City, Md.
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