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.
March 17, 1995 |
Jay Gatsby might have admired the new version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at A Noise Within in Glendale. Director Sabin Epstein has put Shakespeare's ageless comedy in a 1920s time warp. Thus the ever-mischievous Puck (Dan O'Connor), donning aviator's goggles and a yellow slicker, leaps and belly-flops across the stage like some lunatic stunt pilot. Lysander (Kenneth R. Merckx Jr.