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August 2, 2001
8pm Theater Clive Barker's "Frankenstein in Love" is a fanciful and rather gory take on the famous story of the scientist who creates monsters out of dead flesh. It's right up the alley of the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, which scored a notable artistic success last year with another, somewhat less graphically violent and horrific Barker play, "The History of the Devil."
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January 21, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The Rude Guerrilla Theater Company in Santa Ana will bow out in September after a 12-year run -- but its final curtain will mark new beginnings for two troupes expected to spring from the parent company that has earned critical plaudits as the Southern California theater perhaps least inhibited about staging sex and gore while exploring some of the darkest crannies of the human condition. Founding artistic director Dave Barton's embrace of the 1990s' British "in-yer-face" school of drama yielded the edge that became Rude Guerrilla's trademark, but the company always had room for plays that didn't put audiences through a sensory wringer -- among them a recent staging of "Our Town" and the two current shows, Paula Vogel's "The Baltimore Waltz" and John Kolvenbach's "Love Song."
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May 11, 2007 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
The spirits of many celebrated bozos cavort about "Clownzilla: A Love Story" at the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company. Don't let the modest means of this oddly delightful assault on clown social dynamics fool you. Beneath its cracked sensibility bubbles elemental energy that reaches past commedia dell'arte to Aristophanes. Not that "Clownzilla" is exactly lofty; its core concept of haves and have-nots is more often decorative than developed.
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January 11, 2008 | Charlotte Stoudt; F. Kathleen Foley; David C. Nichols
A lightning round of Meet My Family is always fun, especially when you're a gay black man introducing his white boyfriend, and your sister greets you at the door with the latest religious tracts on "re-education."
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June 13, 2004 | Mike Boehm
Sarah KANE's antiwar play "Blasted" set off a storm when it premiered in London in 1995, with early reviewers ridiculing it as "a disgusting feast of filth" and "devoid of intellectual and artistic merit." Now the play is being brought to Los Angeles for the first time by the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, which usually operates out of a 40-seat storefront in Santa Ana.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2008 | Charlotte Stoudt; F. Kathleen Foley; David C. Nichols
A lightning round of Meet My Family is always fun, especially when you're a gay black man introducing his white boyfriend, and your sister greets you at the door with the latest religious tracts on "re-education."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the most valuable player of the always risk-taking and frequently impressive Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, Jay Fraley has portrayed a Savior and a Satan. Now, in his first turn directing a full-length play, the Laguna Beach resident tackles a comedy in which Satan is the savior.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1997 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In Dave Barton's small apartment in Orange, a group calling itself the Rude Guerrillas rehearsed its first assault on Orange County sensibilities, something that Barton boasted would be "in your face--immediately in your face." Law enforcement need not be concerned, however; the Rude Guerrillas are a nonviolent theater troupe, the latest in a stream of amateur thespians who seek to provoke discussion through art.
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November 12, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Corpus Christi"--a play that has angered religious conservatives and sparked protests in New York and London by depicting Jesus and his apostles as homosexuals--will receive its West Coast premiere tonight in a tiny storefront theater in downtown Santa Ana. Playgoers will pass a metal detector under the watch of an armed guard. The glass-windowed lobby of the 50-seat Empire Theater will be shuttered with plywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The Rude Guerrilla Theater Company in Santa Ana will bow out in September after a 12-year run -- but its final curtain will mark new beginnings for two troupes expected to spring from the parent company that has earned critical plaudits as the Southern California theater perhaps least inhibited about staging sex and gore while exploring some of the darkest crannies of the human condition. Founding artistic director Dave Barton's embrace of the 1990s' British "in-yer-face" school of drama yielded the edge that became Rude Guerrilla's trademark, but the company always had room for plays that didn't put audiences through a sensory wringer -- among them a recent staging of "Our Town" and the two current shows, Paula Vogel's "The Baltimore Waltz" and John Kolvenbach's "Love Song."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
The spirits of many celebrated bozos cavort about "Clownzilla: A Love Story" at the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company. Don't let the modest means of this oddly delightful assault on clown social dynamics fool you. Beneath its cracked sensibility bubbles elemental energy that reaches past commedia dell'arte to Aristophanes. Not that "Clownzilla" is exactly lofty; its core concept of haves and have-nots is more often decorative than developed.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2004 | Mike Boehm
Sarah KANE's antiwar play "Blasted" set off a storm when it premiered in London in 1995, with early reviewers ridiculing it as "a disgusting feast of filth" and "devoid of intellectual and artistic merit." Now the play is being brought to Los Angeles for the first time by the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, which usually operates out of a 40-seat storefront in Santa Ana.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2001
8pm Theater Clive Barker's "Frankenstein in Love" is a fanciful and rather gory take on the famous story of the scientist who creates monsters out of dead flesh. It's right up the alley of the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, which scored a notable artistic success last year with another, somewhat less graphically violent and horrific Barker play, "The History of the Devil."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the most valuable player of the always risk-taking and frequently impressive Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, Jay Fraley has portrayed a Savior and a Satan. Now, in his first turn directing a full-length play, the Laguna Beach resident tackles a comedy in which Satan is the savior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Corpus Christi"--a play that has angered religious conservatives and sparked protests in New York and London by depicting Jesus and his apostles as homosexuals--will receive its West Coast premiere tonight in a tiny storefront theater in downtown Santa Ana. Playgoers will pass a metal detector under the watch of an armed guard. The glass-windowed lobby of the 50-seat Empire Theater will be shuttered with plywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1997 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In Dave Barton's small apartment in Orange, a group calling itself the Rude Guerrillas rehearsed its first assault on Orange County sensibilities, something that Barton boasted would be "in your face--immediately in your face." Law enforcement need not be concerned, however; the Rude Guerrillas are a nonviolent theater troupe, the latest in a stream of amateur thespians who seek to provoke discussion through art.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2001
Rude Guerrilla Theater Company is promising "a night of gambling and decadence" with "Moulin Rude," a one-night fund-raiser Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Ebell Society building, 625 French St., Santa Ana. The evening will include food, a "casino," silent auction and entertainment by various actors from the cutting-edge grassroots theater company. $20-$25. (714) 547-4688.
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