May 26, 1993 |
Vowing to put on at least two plays in the Festival Amphitheatre here, GroveShakespeare acting artistic director Jules Aaron has hired a well-regarded guest director to stage the opening production in June and is scrambling to keep the beleaguered company's doors open until then.
March 26, 2002 |
For about 20 minutes, William Inge's "Bus Stop" can fool you into thinking it's a cozy little slice of down-home Americana, a Norman Rockwell tableaux vivant with a willfully naive worldview. But somewhere midway through Act 1, this under-performed Corn Belt classic shifts into darker and chillier terrain, a place that's pretty to look at but tinged with rueful humor and even outright despair.
November 5, 1998
* "Much Ado About Nothing"--Mark Bramhall and Jenna Cole, above, star in Sabin Epstein's engaging presentation at A Noise Within in Glendale through Nov. 22. * "Sylvia"--A.R. Gurney's hit comedy will be staged at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach through Nov. 29. * "Dirt"--Performance artist John Fleck explores the 20th-century obsession with gossip and innuendo Friday at the Getty Center.
May 27, 1993 |
Director Found: Sabin Epstein, most recently a director with A Noise Within in Glendale, has been hired to direct GroveShakespeare's first outdoor production of the season, "King Lear," tentatively scheduled to open on June 26, starring Alan Mandell. Epstein replaces Stuart McDowell, the Garden Grove company's recently resigned artistic director, at the helm of "Lear."
December 2, 2004 |
"The Homecoming:" This comedy of appalling family manners -- with its reality-shifting intimations of violence, prostitution, confused sexuality and incestuous child abuse -- is among Harold Pinter's ambiguous, disturbing best. It's directed with surgical precision by Sabin Epstein and features a dead-on cast led by Len Lesser as a patriarch who snarls, whines and waxes sentimental. As is characteristic of Pinter, what's on the surface is not necessarily what's happening underneath.
November 29, 2001
* Art: "The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor" exhibit ends Sunday at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., (310) 440-7300. Today and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday. Parking reservations required today and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. Free parking with shuttle available at Sepulveda Boulevard at Constitution Avenue.