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October 21, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
"Yescho , yescho , yescho!" insists Soviet director Roman Viktyuk, spinning his arm as he stares intently at John David Bland, who is twirling Jon Matthews around in a wheelchair. "More, more, more!" Susan Larson swiftly translates at Viktyuk's side.
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October 21, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
"Yescho , yescho , yescho!" insists Soviet director Roman Viktyuk, spinning his arm as he stares intently at John David Bland, who is twirling Jon Matthews around in a wheelchair. "More, more, more!" Susan Larson swiftly translates at Viktyuk's side.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The first rule in foreign travel is not to expect things to be like home. That goes for foreign theater as well. And it's easy for the visitor watching Nikolai Kolyada's "Slingshot," in its world premiere at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, to imagine that he's sitting in a theater in Moscow or Leningrad. This is an intensely Russian play, with nothing left unexpressed.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1989
The final weekend of the Soviet arts festival includes a symphonic world premiere, the final performances of a theatrical world premiere and a free celebration at Seaport Village capped by a fireworks display. Tonight through Sunday at Symphony Hall, the San Diego Symphony and the 17-piece Soloists of Leningrad will perform the world premiere of a work commissioned for the festival. American composer Joseph Schwantner's ". . .
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Old Globe Theatre dominated the nominations in the seventhannual San Diego Critics Circle Awards with 26 nominations, including eight for "Hamlet," the most-nominated play of the season. The La Jolla Playhouse, with half the length of the Globe's season, followed with 15 nominations. Next was Lamb's Players Theatre, edging out the San Diego Repertory Theatre for the first time ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
The San Diego institution known as "Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know" was supposed to close Sunday after 520 performances. Really. But the San Diego Repertory Theatre can be terribly fickle about closing dates when a sudden surge of interest in ticket-buying occurs, and so, there will be one more week of the longest-running show in San Diego history, bringing the grand total of performances to 526.
NEWS
November 2, 1989 | DAVID NELSON
Soviet director Roman Viktyuk and set designer Vladimir Boyer went native Saturday night and dived--with knives and forks that flashed as bravely as Georgian dancers' swords--into California culture as represented by salad with goat cheese, surf 'n turf and raspberry cream cake.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
What had been a rumor is now official: The San Diego Repertory Theatre has received approval from the San Diego Arts Festival: Treasures of the Soviet Union to present the world premiere of a Soviet play, "Slingshot," from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1989 | OSCAR GARZA, San Diego County Arts Editor
It's just three weeks before the start of San Diego's Soviet Arts Festival, the much-ballyhooed and much-maligned $6-million, three-week celebration of art in the age of glasnost , but artistic coordinator Bruce Joseph is amazingly calm. According to Joseph, all is going well: ticket sales, visas for the performers, all the myriad logistics of presenting "Treasures of the Soviet Union," which runs from Oct. 21 to Nov. 11. If Joseph is feeling any pressure, he's not showing it.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
Will the La Jolla Playhouse win its race against the clock? In a campaign of just over five weeks, the theater has raised 24% of its $1-million goal and nearly half of the $500,000 it needs to raise before Dec. 31 to ensure a 1990 season, a Playhouse official said this week. Gifts and pledges totaling $240,986 have come in from a variety of donors who decline to be identified, the spokeswoman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
For those getting ready to celebrate "Smirnova's Birthday Party," the San Diego Repertory Theatre's tentative offering for the San Diego Arts Festival, put your plans on hold--at least for now. Roman Viktyuk, the Soviet director whom the Rep asked to direct for the festival, flew into town this week with a brand new script by Soviet playwright Nickolay Kolyada in hand.
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