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May 26, 1996 | Mary McNamara, Mary McNamara is associate editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine
Alone in the soft sallow light of her last day, the woman reaches heavenward and in a gesture of anguish and submission, plucks the ornaments from her hair and turns to leave, her voice rising from the sudden dark veil. The sticks fall unnoticed to the floor. Cio-Cio San has once again lost her love, her pride and now her child. Soon, Puccini's most tragic heroine will take her own life. But even at this bitter end, her hair is holding up beautifully. It should.
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May 26, 1996 | Mary McNamara, Mary McNamara is associate editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine
Alone in the soft sallow light of her last day, the woman reaches heavenward and in a gesture of anguish and submission, plucks the ornaments from her hair and turns to leave, her voice rising from the sudden dark veil. The sticks fall unnoticed to the floor. Cio-Cio San has once again lost her love, her pride and now her child. Soon, Puccini's most tragic heroine will take her own life. But even at this bitter end, her hair is holding up beautifully. It should.
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February 27, 1994 | ROBIN ROY GRESS
An opera performance is a harmonious blending of music and stagecraft. And for the cast and crew, it's a lot of hard work. For the Los Angeles Opera production of "Madama Butterfly," which opened Wednesday at the Music Center, the chorus must show up 90 minutes before curtain just to get dressed.
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July 29, 1987 | RAY LOYND
Cole Porter's raffish high-seas musical, "Anything Goes," evokes a breezy cruise and screwball elegance on the upper deck. The production at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, however, is anchored in the boiler room. A few charming exceptions swim into view.
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October 29, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Seeing "Annie Warbucks" for the second time in three months, as it swings back through Southern California on its way to greater fame and fortune, doesn't alter one's opinion of it as a hummable, untaxing, crowd-pleasing sequel to the 1977 hit "Annie." Au contraire . The show, seen Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, has dropped some fat since its mid-August appearance in San Bernardino and is the fitter for it.
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October 21, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Let others say that Stephen Sondheim's music is cold and clinical. Let them insist that you can't feel his people or hum his tunes. History will take care of the argument. Quicker than history (and a lot more enjoyable) is a visit to the Long Beach Terrace Theater, where the Sondheim/James Lapine "Sunday in the Park With George" opened over the weekend.
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October 25, 2002 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
"Flex-ibil-ity," says Shari Shanker, with the feigned perkiness of a demented preschool teacher. "That's our motto here at the L.A. Opera. Flex-ibil-ity." Shanker, the opera's production manager, is standing a few feet from the stage in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It is about quarter past noon on Tuesday; the members the Kirov Opera company were asked to be here at 12 on the dot for costume fittings and makeup. Thus far, no singers have been seen anywhere in the building.
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