April 12, 2000 |
By many accounts, Lillian Hellman was a witch on wheels, a world-class prevaricator whose backbiting has become the stuff of legend. Not that an author must empirically experience the world about which he or she is writing, but Hellman's own reputed ruthlessness may have given her special insight into Regina Giddens, the fading Southern belle whose amoral maneuverings form the crux of Hellman's period drama "The Little Foxes."
March 24, 2006 |
Through successive page, stage and film incarnations of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Randle P. McMurphy, the boisterous con man-turned psych ward messiah, and his implacable nemesis, Big Nurse Ratched, have become dangerously iconic figures. Reclaiming dramatic complexity from familiar stereotypes is the challenge facing any revival of Dale Wasserman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's allegorical 1962 novel pitting a lone rebel against the Establishment.
June 7, 2000 |
Although stage musicals are often adapted from movies, very few plays of other genres grow from big-screen precedents. But here's one big exception. Dan Gordon turned his screenplay for "Murder in the First" into a legal drama that's receiving its premiere in a likable production from the fledgling Rubicon Theatre Company. With a cast that briefly includes Larry Hagman, the former J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," in a small role as a judge, it's at the Laurel Theatre in Ventura.
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February 19, 2000 |
Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows will star in the play "Love Letters," at 2 p.m. at the Laurel Theater in Ventura on Sunday. The play, put on by the Rubicon Theatre Company, chronicles a 50-year friendship from the 1920s through the 1970s. "One of the interesting things about this is we rotate different pairs of actors each night," said Karyl Lynn Burns, the executive director of the Rubicon Theatre.
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April 7, 2000 |
Actress Linda Purl will star in Rubicon Theatre Company's production of "The Little Foxes," which opens at the Laurel Theater on Saturday. The Lillian Hellman play, which centers on a Southern family's squabbles over profits from a cotton mill, will run Wednesdays through Saturdays until May 7. Preview performances will be at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday. The Laurel Theater is at 1006 E. Main St. Saturday night's opening will benefit the Boys & Girls Club and the Rubicon's outreach programs.
September 6, 2001
* The Japanese anime film "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade" closes tonight at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 478-6379. 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m.* The Rubicon Theatre Company's production of "The Rainmaker" will end its run this weekend at the Laurel, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, (805) 667-2900. This optimistic fable by N. Richard Nash stars Stephanie Zimbalist. Through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $20 to $35.