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May 22, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
South Coast Repertory had a big weekend. The industrious playgoer could see new plays by Marlane Meyer, Beth Henley and Robert Daseler, and attend readings of new scripts by Sam Garcia Jr. and Philip Kan Gotanda, all part of SCR's California Play Festival--Calfest. With time for only one show, I chose Meyer's "The Geography of Luck." This started as a reading at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and will return there for a mainstage production in August. It's a work in transition, although you wouldn't know it from Roberta Levitow's assured SCR production, featuring Ebbe Roe Smith as an ex-con trying to connect with his life and Elizabeth Ruscio as a woman who is ready to help him, up to a point.
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May 22, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
South Coast Repertory had a big weekend. The industrious playgoer could see new plays by Marlane Meyer, Beth Henley and Robert Daseler, and attend readings of new scripts by Sam Garcia Jr. and Philip Kan Gotanda, all part of SCR's California Play Festival--Calfest. With time for only one show, I chose Meyer's "The Geography of Luck." This started as a reading at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and will return there for a mainstage production in August. It's a work in transition, although you wouldn't know it from Roberta Levitow's assured SCR production, featuring Ebbe Roe Smith as an ex-con trying to connect with his life and Elizabeth Ruscio as a woman who is ready to help him, up to a point.
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October 16, 1989 | Shauna Snow, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Mark Taper Forum has named five associate artists to participate in its 1989-90 season. They are playwright Philip Kan Gotanda ("Yankee Dawg You Die," Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1988), directors Roberta Levitow ("The Geography of Luck," South Coast Rep, 1989), Ron Link ("Stand-Up Tragedy," Taper, 1989) and Robert Woodruff ("A Lie of the Mind," Taper, 1988), and composer Mel Marvin ("Babbitt," Taper, 1987).
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February 16, 1996
Three free playwrights' labs are being offered by the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre: "Turning Life Stories Into Art," with writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh on March 6; "Strategies and Expectations: The Playwright/Director Collaboration," with directors Roberta Levitow and Bill Reichblum on March 27; and "First Stages," for fledgling writers, with playwright Velina Hasu Houston on April 20. Reservations will be confirmed and locations will be announced two weeks prior to each lab.
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March 3, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE
Marlane Meyer's "Kingfish," which received its much-applauded world premiere as part of the 1987-88 season of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, will receive a production at New York's Public Theatre in December. The news was confirmed Thursday by the Public's Barbara Carroll who said rehearsals will begin in November under the direction of David Schweizer, who staged the play at LATC. Meyer recently moved to New York but retains her Southern California connection.
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November 5, 1993
Workshops of eight plays and four performance art pieces will be presented in public rehearsals at Taper, Too, located at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, as part of the Mark Taper Forum's sixth New Work Festival, starting next week. Admission is free, but reservations are required: (213) 972-7392. The schedule: Wednesday-Thursday: "Unmerciful Good Fortune," by Edwin Sanchez, directed by Peter Brosius. Nov.
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October 27, 1989 | T. H. McCULLOH
The magic potions of the Chippewa hold special power. But they are not as strong as memory makes them, not as strong as human emotion. Louise Erdrich's "Love Medicine" details the minor odyssey of Lipsha, a Chippewa youth living with his grandfather and white grandmother in the Dakotas.
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April 2, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marga Gomez's mother believed in perfume, high heels and all things French. But most of all, she believed in the mother-daughter connection. * Gomez grew up to be a witty comic who makes fun of her mother's fancy accouterments. But by the end of her "Memory Tricks," at Highways, we see that the mother-daughter connection is, if anything, stronger than ever.
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January 17, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
It's interesting to read in the program notes for "The Stick Wife" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center that playwright Darrah Cloud has studied photography. Her play is seen as if through a distorting lens, its images sharp but strangely contoured. She's forcing an effect to make a point. She forces it to the point of monotony, but the message certainly gets across. It's criminal for a woman to "stand behind her man" when she's really cowering behind him.
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November 14, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theatre Critic
What to do about Debby? It's not just a problem for her father and mother in "The Model Apartment" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. It's a problem for playwright Donald Margulies. Here's an example of a character too real for the play around her. Or perhaps of a play too unreal for its central figure.
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