June 24, 1996
Theatre InSite's "Summer Fundraiser," hosted by actor Robert Mandan, will be held at the CBS Studio Center, Stage 18, in Studio City on June 29 at 7 p.m. The evening features dinner, dancing, auctions and live entertainment and will benefit Theatre InSite's 1997 productions and its community outreach.
September 29, 1996 |
A familiar face in the world of TV comedy, Robert Mandan is best known as the womanizing, pompous businessman Chester Tate on the cult 1977-81 ABC comedy series "Soap." He's also played equally bombastic characters on the comedy series "Private Benjamin" and "Three's a Crowd." In person, however, the veteran of such Broadway shows as "Applause" is polite and rather soft-spoken--apologizing for being tardy for an interview, taking pains to accommodate those around him.
August 4, 2006 |
The alchemy by which a Shakespearean actor transforms dialogue into character is a fascinating one. It's not simply a matter of eloquently reciting lines with a knowledge of their meaning. (If that were all it took, English professors would immediately form a repertory company and rack up all the awards.) The challenge lies in converting words into the expression of personalized thought and feeling.
February 12, 1998
* Theater. Anne Meara's comedy "After-Play," with Beatrice Arthur, Paul Dooley, Robert Mandan and Marian Mercer, opens Feb. 17 at the Can~on Theatre, 205 N. Can~on Drive, Beverly Hills, playing Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Also Feb. 26, 2 p.m.; dark Wednesdays until March 4. $25-$42.50. (310) 859-2830. * Theater. "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," by Moises Kaufman, opens Feb. 19 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave.
April 5, 2002 |
During the Oscar telecast, Nathan Lane delivered a crack about the Weinstein brothers of Miramax and then mock-apologized. "The rich and powerful," he said. "We make fun of them because we love them." Maybe it's true, because there's a whole lotta love in "Teddy Bears' Picnic."
July 22, 1999 |
An African American girl has been waiting for months for a heart transplant. A bright and promising student, the only child of her doting, anguished mother, she is currently stable but could deteriorate at any moment. Meanwhile, a beloved but boozy old celebrity who has abused his body for decades must receive an immediate heart transplant or die. When a heart becomes available, to whom does this life-giving organ ultimately go?