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May 31, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Two generations, three theater organizations and four actors come together for Ron Milner's new play, "Checkmates," starring Denzel Washington, Paul Winfield, Rhetta Greene and Gloria Edwards. It opens Thursday at the Inner City Cultural Center. "It's one of the few plays written in the last year about black urban professionals and what they're going through," said director Woodie King, whose National Black Touring Circuit is co-producing with Inner City and Marla Gibbs' Crossroads Theatre.
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July 24, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Playwright Ron Milner, a prominent theatrical chronicler of African American lives, has died. He was 66. Milner died July 16 from complications of liver cancer in a Detroit hospital. Though Milner's first successes depicted the urban poor, his 1987 "Checkmates" was about middle-class strivers. "Checkmates" was staged with starry casts at two Los Angeles venues and later on Broadway.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Playwright Ron Milner, a prominent theatrical chronicler of African American lives, has died. He was 66. Milner died July 16 from complications of liver cancer in a Detroit hospital. Though Milner's first successes depicted the urban poor, his 1987 "Checkmates" was about middle-class strivers. "Checkmates" was staged with starry casts at two Los Angeles venues and later on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1989
Greg Braxton's Aug. 20 article on Shelly Garrett's play "Beauty Shop" quotes Times critic Sylvie Drake as writing: "By the usual . . . standards 'Beauty Shop' is a sentimental, poorly structured, badly directed, self-congratulating show. But where is it written that those standards fit?" These comment and the tone of Braxton's article perpetuate a tiresome misconception. Some of us are tired of the lowest common denominator of black taste being equated with black taste, period.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1989
Greg Braxton's Aug. 20 article on Shelly Garrett's play "Beauty Shop" quotes Times critic Sylvie Drake as writing: "By the usual . . . standards 'Beauty Shop' is a sentimental, poorly structured, badly directed, self-congratulating show. But where is it written that those standards fit?" These comment and the tone of Braxton's article perpetuate a tiresome misconception. Some of us are tired of the lowest common denominator of black taste being equated with black taste, period.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
Ron Milner's lively and penetrating "Checkmates," a roundelay for two black married couples, has returned to the Westwood Playhouse with three new members in its cross-generational quartet. Marla Gibbs, Richard Lawson and Vanessa Williams have joined the original production's Paul Winfield. It's an explosively funny combination, which is fine when the play is supposed to be explosively funny, but less fine when Milner aims for quieter effects.
SPORTS
October 17, 1985 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Back by popular demand! It's the storied, well-chronicled football rivalry between Valencia and Savanna High Schools. The teams are almost sure to play before a capacity crowd with a good chunk of Orange County's media tonight at Bradford Stadium, eager to see more of what has made this rivalry great: Ray Pallares. In the last two games between the schools, the Tigers, have outscored the Rebels, 78-14. In the two games Pallares has rushed 45 times for 385 yards.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
"I was never a writer who said the middle class should be lined up against a wall and shot," said Ron Milner. True. But middle-class concerns never seemed to be at the top of Milner's agenda, either. His most famous play, "What the Wine-Sellers Buy" (seen at the Mark Taper Forum in 1973), was a tale of ghetto teen-agers, one of whom almost became the other's pimp. Milner's image may soon change.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
If the number of Broadway shows scheduled for the rest of the year is any indication, this may be the Great White Way's bleakest season yet. Only nine shows are scheduled to open by the end of this year, according to Daily Variety. Last year's season (June 1 to May 30) tied the 1984-85 season for the lowest total of productions ever, with 31.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2003
The Giving Back Corp. will host a weekend of celebrations honoring Woodie King Jr., writer, producer, director and founder of New York's landmark New Federal Theatre, for his 30-year contribution to the minority community through the arts. On Saturday at 7 p.m., Richard Gant will host "An Evening of Theatre," excerpts from such New Federal Theatre successes as Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Playwright Ron Milner will also appear.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
Ron Milner's lively and penetrating "Checkmates," a roundelay for two black married couples, has returned to the Westwood Playhouse with three new members in its cross-generational quartet. Marla Gibbs, Richard Lawson and Vanessa Williams have joined the original production's Paul Winfield. It's an explosively funny combination, which is fine when the play is supposed to be explosively funny, but less fine when Milner aims for quieter effects.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
"I was never a writer who said the middle class should be lined up against a wall and shot," said Ron Milner. True. But middle-class concerns never seemed to be at the top of Milner's agenda, either. His most famous play, "What the Wine-Sellers Buy" (seen at the Mark Taper Forum in 1973), was a tale of ghetto teen-agers, one of whom almost became the other's pimp. Milner's image may soon change.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Two generations, three theater organizations and four actors come together for Ron Milner's new play, "Checkmates," starring Denzel Washington, Paul Winfield, Rhetta Greene and Gloria Edwards. It opens Thursday at the Inner City Cultural Center. "It's one of the few plays written in the last year about black urban professionals and what they're going through," said director Woodie King, whose National Black Touring Circuit is co-producing with Inner City and Marla Gibbs' Crossroads Theatre.
SPORTS
October 17, 1985 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Back by popular demand! It's the storied, well-chronicled football rivalry between Valencia and Savanna High Schools. The teams are almost sure to play before a capacity crowd with a good chunk of Orange County's media tonight at Bradford Stadium, eager to see more of what has made this rivalry great: Ray Pallares. In the last two games between the schools, the Tigers, have outscored the Rebels, 78-14. In the two games Pallares has rushed 45 times for 385 yards.
SPORTS
February 6, 1986
A week after Joe Zeno, La Quinta High School football coach, resigned, the school has named Roger Takahashi, Zeno's offensive coordinator last season, as the Aztecs' new coach. Takahashi, 33, a 1974 graduate of Cal State Long Beach, spent 12 years as an assistant at Santiago High before coming to La Quinta in 1984. He was La Quinta's junior varsity coach in 1984 and led the Aztecs to an 8-2 record and the Garden Grove League championship before being named a varsity assistant in 1985.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
One reason that Joseph Papp hasn't been able to get financing for his plan to put all of Shakespeare's plays on TV (see Thursday's Times) may be that Papp's productions aren't necessarily the cream of North American Shakespeare--though they are certainly the best publicized. The latest, "Romeo and Juliet," struck the New York Times' Frank Rich as having such a low pulse-rate that it could "pass for the exhausted end-of-summer offering of a provincial British stock company."
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