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July 10, 1992 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Ellenstein worked with Hitchcock and Cary Grant, but they weren't family. Son Peter is. Starting this week, the elder Ellenstein, 69, will be directed by his son in Clifford Odets' "Rocket to the Moon," a tale about the pursuit of dreams in the modern world. It will run through Aug. 30 at the Company of Characters Theatre in Studio City. For nine years, Peter, 30, took acting lessons from his father, who says he still has trouble relinquishing his authority.
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July 31, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Ray Loynd writes regularly about theater for The Times
Clifford Odets' Depression-era drama about loneliness and hope, "Rocket to the Moon," may be a curiosity 54 years after its premiere, but the L.A. Repertory Company in Studio City revives it with a vitality you would not expect. Sure, that first act seems slow and, yes, those two intermissions are a drag, and, OK, the play does plod a bit. But wow, that 1930s Broadway boy wonder Odets could sure write dialogue.
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July 31, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Ray Loynd writes regularly about theater for The Times
Clifford Odets' Depression-era drama about loneliness and hope, "Rocket to the Moon," may be a curiosity 54 years after its premiere, but the L.A. Repertory Company in Studio City revives it with a vitality you would not expect. Sure, that first act seems slow and, yes, those two intermissions are a drag, and, OK, the play does plod a bit. But wow, that 1930s Broadway boy wonder Odets could sure write dialogue.
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July 10, 1992 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Ellenstein worked with Hitchcock and Cary Grant, but they weren't family. Son Peter is. Starting this week, the elder Ellenstein, 69, will be directed by his son in Clifford Odets' "Rocket to the Moon," a tale about the pursuit of dreams in the modern world. It will run through Aug. 30 at the Company of Characters Theatre in Studio City. For nine years, Peter, 30, took acting lessons from his father, who says he still has trouble relinquishing his authority.
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July 16, 1989
A sellout crowd of 4,000 joined the Apollo 11 crew--Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins--at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville for the first of four celebrations around the country to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the lunar landing on July 20, 1969. The celebration was like a high-tech rock concert without the music.
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May 5, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES
Clifford Odets was writing about emotional casualties of the Depression in his 1938 play "Rocket to the Moon," but a new production on PBS tonight demonstrates that his themes haven't lost their timeliness. It's always hard times for somebody. In telling the story of a 39-year-old New York dentist--aptly named Ben Stark--his wife, secretary and father-in-law, Odets explores the unromantic proposition that while money can't buy love, neither can love alone buy happiness.
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January 19, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Walt Disney Concert Hall L.A. Phil with Gustavo Dudamel, March 13 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Janet Jackson, April 15 (now); Rush, June 20-22 (Mon.) Wiltern James Blunt, May 4 (Fri.) Hollywood Bowl Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks, April 16 (Mon.) Arlington Theatre David Crosby and Graham Nash, March 27 (Fri.) Long Beach Terrace Theatre David Crosby and Graham Nash, March 25 (Fri.
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October 22, 1994
Alan Cooke, a British-born director whose credits ranged from television's "Lou Grant" to tours of U.S. college campuses presenting "King Lear," is dead of liver failure caused by hepatitis. A family spokesman said this week he was 68 and died in Los Angeles on Oct. 9. Born in London, Cooke began directing while a he was member of the Coldstream Guards stationed in Palestine at the end of World War II. It was a production of Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man."
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December 21, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jean Smart--the star who left "Designing Women" to expand as an actress--is, to her immense credit, becoming impossible to pigeonhole. Only a month ago she was chilling as a savage serial killer in the TV movie "Overkill," and tonight she's a sweet, drawling, prim North Carolina schoolteacher thrust into the arms of a rock 'n' roll mega-star in "Just My Imagination" (at 9 p.m. on NBC, Channels 4, 36 and 39).
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April 4, 1987 | NANCY MILLS
Two years ago, Judy Davis received a best-actress Oscar nomination for her work in "A Passage to India." After that, the Australian actress disappeared from view, at least on this continent. Only PBS fans might have caught sight of her last season in an "American Playhouse" production of Clifford Odets' "Rocket to the Moon," with John Malkovich.
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July 12, 1992 | JANICE ARKATOV, Janice Arkatov is a regular contributor to Calendar.
July theater has a packed roster of touring productions, home-grown premieres and classics. The offerings include: Sunday: Theatre/Theater plays host to Lee Rosenthal's "Crushed: Tales From the twenty nothing Generation," a collection of solo pieces--some of which were featured in last season's anthology "A Freeway Home Companion."
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