February 7, 2014 |
Subtlety is largely lost in director Linda Alznauer's staging of Tom Stoppard's “The Real Thing” at Two Roads Theatre. The trouble begins with that slippery first scene, which we later learn is actually a scene from a play written by playwright/protagonist, Henry (Michael Robb.) This opener should be a bait-and-switch, with characters to convincingly real that it leaves the audience genuinely disoriented. However, Alznauer bungles the effect by having the performers mug broadly and play front, a style more appropriate to an outdoor drama in Chillicothe than to Stoppard's challenging rumination on the nature of human love.
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October 8, 2013 |
Citing a recent study that said L.A.'s roads are the worst in the country , Rep. Janice Hahn on Tuesday called for Congress to find other ways to fully fund the nation's deteriorating network of roadways. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana has the highest percentage of roads in poor condition of any U.S. urban area, the analysis found. About 64% of roads in Southern California are in poor condition. Nationally, more than one-quarter of major roads are in substandard condition, according to a recent analysis of federal roadway data, which costs drivers about $80 billion annually.
July 27, 2013 |
Severe thunderstorms across western North Carolina dumped nearly a foot of rain Saturday, causing flash floods that trapped residents and washed out roads. Officials in Catawba County were called to about 10 swift-water rescues, Mark Pettit, assistant director of emergency services for Catawba County, said. He said some residents had become trapped in their homes or drove their cars into flooded areas. One person had to be rescued after he tried to help retrieve a vehicle swept into a creek.
October 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell pleaded with residents to stay off the roads, get blankets and flashlights, and use common sense as Hurricane Sandy churns its way toward the East Coast. "If everybody is patient, is a good neighbor, we'll get through this," he said at a news conference. McDonnell said his greatest concern is keeping people off the roads during the height of the storm. Officials expect extensive flooding and downed trees blocking roads, and outages that cut power to traffic signals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999
Robert W. Poole Jr. uses "we" seven times in his article, "The Price of Breaking up Gridlock," (Jan. 17). I do not want to pay another red cent for road maintenance that I am constitutionally guaranteed. So, take the gas tax money out of the general fund and spend it on the roads and highways. I know of four alternative routes to the 101 / 405 interchange: Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Sepulveda Boulevard and Topanga Canyon Boulevard (Highway 27). These heavily traveled roads all need maintenance, some widening.
March 29, 1998
Regarding "Too Old to Rent an Auto?" (Travel Insider, March 8): I'm not worried about being too old to drive in Europe. I'm worried about driving at all. Having only been to Europe about half a dozen times, I wonder why anyone encourages sane, American drivers to take to the roads in Europe. European drivers are motivated only by aggression. Maybe I'll miss a few sights, but I'll take the train. DONALD J. SINEX Huntington Beach