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April 30, 1992 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You'd think anybody who gets just 4 1/2 hours of sleep a night ought to have huge bags under his eyes, maybe even pouches the size of golf balls. Yet on a recent morning Roger Rueff looked not only rested but chipper. "What's really important isn't so much getting a lot of sleep as getting it in multiples of 90 minutes," said Rueff, whose double life as a chemical engineer by day and a playwright by night has forced him to deal creatively with sleep deprivation.
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May 27, 1998 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's a lot riding on the next few hours for Phil, Larry and Bob. If they can convince a big businessman to ink their contract, it's blue skies all the way. That's the premise in Roger Rueff's "Hospitality Suite," which premiered at South Coast Repertory in 1992 to favorable notices. Now this darkish comedy with shades of David Mamet has settled into the tiny Garden Grove Playhouse, where the Changing Masks Theatre Company delivers a potent staging under Michael Cunningham's steady direction.
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May 27, 1998 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's a lot riding on the next few hours for Phil, Larry and Bob. If they can convince a big businessman to ink their contract, it's blue skies all the way. That's the premise in Roger Rueff's "Hospitality Suite," which premiered at South Coast Repertory in 1992 to favorable notices. Now this darkish comedy with shades of David Mamet has settled into the tiny Garden Grove Playhouse, where the Changing Masks Theatre Company delivers a potent staging under Michael Cunningham's steady direction.
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April 30, 1992 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You'd think anybody who gets just 4 1/2 hours of sleep a night ought to have huge bags under his eyes, maybe even pouches the size of golf balls. Yet on a recent morning Roger Rueff looked not only rested but chipper. "What's really important isn't so much getting a lot of sleep as getting it in multiples of 90 minutes," said Rueff, whose double life as a chemical engineer by day and a playwright by night has forced him to deal creatively with sleep deprivation.
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February 6, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
That's a Wrap: South Coast Repertory's season will conclude with Alan Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind," May 22-June 28 on the main stage, and "Hospitality Suite," a new play by 35-year-old Chicago writer Roger Rueff, slated for April 21-May 24 on the smaller Second Stage. The latter will be the fifth world premiere at SCR this season--a record matched by the theater only once before.
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March 8, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Coast Repertory and "Sunset Boulevard" will take home the most awards--although not the most prominent ones--from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards ceremony next month, it was announced Monday. South Coast captured seven of the competitive awards--more than any other single producer. The five for "Sunset Boulevard," including one for star Glenn Close, surpasses the number of awards for any other single production.
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December 31, 1993
Professional productions, alphabetically by title: "Great Day in the Morning" (South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, March). Although set in turn-of-the-century America, Thomas Babe's play has resonance today, echoing the moral and ethical uncertainty that has spawned such white-collar crooks as Charles H. Keating Jr. and Michael Milken. Solid acting, an SCR trademark, and sobering direction by David Emmes marked this production. "Much Ado About Nothing" (Shakespeare Orange County, Orange, July).
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April 28, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
When a play takes place in a hospitality suite at a Holiday Inn in Wichita, Kan., and its three protagonists work for a company that makes industrial lubricants, you think to yourself: David Mamet. But playwright Roger Rueff goes Mamet one better. His "Hospitality Suite," which opened over the weekend at South Coast Repertory's Second Stage, is Mamet with religion--both evangelical and spiritual. And for all of its surface comedy, there is an unexpectedly serious lining to the banter.
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April 26, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC EMERITUS
Roger Rueff's new play at South Coast Repertory is admirably named: "So Many Words." Many, many. Engaging and mysterious words; daring words backed by bold thoughts; feeling words; sexy words; startling words. They often leave one breathless, on the brink of a discovery that . . . never quite materializes. The only disappointment--a mild one--comes at the end. At the last moment. Literally. And then again, one could argue, just as plausibly, that the last moment is the most perfect one.
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April 27, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
When a play takes place in a hospitality suite at a Holiday Inn in Wichita, Kan., and its three protagonists work for a company that makes industrial lubricants, you think to yourself: David Mamet. But playwright Roger Rueff goes Mamet one better. His "Hospitality Suite," which opened during the weekend at South Coast Repertory's Second Stage, is Mamet with religion--both evangelical and spiritual. And for all of its surface comedy, there is an unexpectedly serious lining to the banter.
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February 8, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa has snagged 10 of this year's Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award nominations--more than any other theater company. Meanwhile, the giant-sized "Sunset Boulevard" at the Shubert Theatre and "The Tavern" at the intimate Matrix Theatre, both in Los Angeles, were the most honored single productions, with seven nominations apiece. Five different productions contributed to the South Coast Rep nominations, announced Monday.
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February 8, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The giant "Sunset Boulevard" at the Shubert Theatre and the intimate "The Tavern" at the Matrix Theatre received the most nominations--seven apiece--for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards covering 1993 productions, it was announced on Monday. South Coast Repertory snagged more nominations, 10, than any other single theater company. Five different productions contributed to its nominations.
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