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February 24, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
After opening to generally negative reviews, director Robert Ito's production of Hiroshi Kashiwagi's play about life in a Japanese-American internment camp, "Laughter and False Teeth," has received the biggest pan of all--from the playwright. Kashiwagi wrote a letter that appeared in the Feb.
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February 24, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
After opening to generally negative reviews, director Robert Ito's production of Hiroshi Kashiwagi's play about life in a Japanese-American internment camp, "Laughter and False Teeth," has received the biggest pan of all--from the playwright. Kashiwagi wrote a letter that appeared in the Feb.
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April 16, 1990 | BILL HIGGINS
The Scene: "L. A. Dance," a benefit dinner-dance at the Airport Hyatt for East West Players, a 25-year-old Asian-American theater. The Hyatt is as close as you can get to LAX without passing through a metal detector. Who Was There: Four hundred dinner guests, plus a few hundred more for the dance.
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February 26, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Aloha Summer" (at the AMC Century 14 and other theaters) has everything its title suggests: teen romance, Waikiki surf 'n' sand and a pop sound track. Yet it has so much more--a judicious blend of melodrama, humor and sentimentality--that it surprises you with its depth and perception. Few glossy, big-budget films are graced with as intelligent and comprehensive a script as this.
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April 26, 1991 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Personal criticism, as opposed to aesthetic distance, usually gets a critic in trouble. But sometimes there's no other way to go. "Canton Jazz Club" at the East West Players, big sprawling mess that it is, captivated me. It is a musical about a glamorous hot spot in L.A.'s Chinatown in 1943. When I was kid in the early '40s, my mother's favorite movie was "Limehouse Blues," with George Raft (as an Oriental roustabout) and Anna Mae Wong.
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November 22, 1996 | JANA J. MONJI
In Stage West's maiden production, "In My Father's House," intriguing questions about patriotism and bravery are raised but not well-presented. The show at the Hudson Theatre is further plagued by wooden acting, the stilted language of Elsa Coscolluela's script and Chito Jao Garces' stagnant staging. Taking place during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, this play follows the differing paths of three brothers of the wealthy Santamaria family. Miguel (Bayani M.
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January 15, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
Frank Wedekind's 1890 "Spring Awakening" (newly translated by Rick Foster) kicks off " Jugendstil Fest: Young Moderns of 1900," an inter-disciplinary tribute--by the Odyssey Theatre, Pipeline and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art--to Germany's turn-of-the-century art movement. "It's a major play by a major playwright," said Michael Arabian, whose staging (featuring a 19-member multiracial cast, aged 16-26) opens Saturday at the Odyssey.
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December 22, 1985 | Sonny Gower
"A Chorus Line" is all about human aspiration. We took a survey on what's been happening with the dancing folks in the film version since (keep in mind that any plaints of lack of work might be measured against the hefty checks they're said to have received): Michael Blevins (who plays Mark): "I got to do a McDLT commercial and assistant choreographed 'How to Be a Man' (a kid TV show starring Capt. Kangaroo and Melba Moore).
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January 28, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
A concern with nepotism coupled with a desire to broaden the casting opportunities and the range, professionalism and horizons of East West Players appear to have been at the heart of the dispute between East West's board of directors and its founder-artistic producing director, Mako, who stepped down this week. In his letter of resignation, Mako, who founded the theater in 1965 and served until recently as its virtually unchallenged leader, outlined the reasons for his departure.
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September 29, 1996 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday / "Once a Thief" 8 p.m. Fox John Woo ("Broken Arrow") directs this misfired TV movie, an unsold pilot for a series. Initially set in Hong Kong, the story centers on two lovers (Ivan Sergei and Sandrine Holt) separated while fleeing the crime lord (Robert Ito) who trained them as thieves. Reunited in Vancouver, Sergei and Holt are teamed with a former cop (Nicholas Lea, the treacherous Krycek of "The X-Files") by the head (Jennifer Dale) of an international crime-fighting unit.
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January 27, 1989 | RAY LOYND
"Tis Pity She's a Whore,' John Ford's Jacobean tragedy of incest, revenge and blasted souls, is rarely staged, with good reason. Its excesses are relentless. But a new company, Theatre on the Edge, has reshaped the drama into a rock musical at the Olio Theatre that is notable for its brash fury. Director Robert A. Prior's adaptation takes the bloody text by Ford (1586-1640), and unleashes it into an orbit full of amusing anachronisms.
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