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March 26, 2002 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO--A director attempting "The Merchant of Venice" starts with a big problem: what to do with Shylock, a venal stereotype born of the unchallenged anti-Semitism of the Elizabethan Age. One answer is to go over the top, making Shylock the quintessence of evil, a Jewish Richard III, repellent but charismatic.
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December 4, 2007
Laguna chief: Karen Wood will become managing director of the Laguna Playhouse in February, theater officials announced Monday. Wood has been managing director of San Diego Repertory Theatre the past seven years. She succeeds Richard Stein, who resigned in June.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Julie Hebert was a little girl, she used to pretend she wasn't Cajun. She wished her name were not pronounced in the French style: ay-bear . She wished the Anglican children in her Louisiana elementary school wouldn't make fun of her. "I wished I had blond hair and my name was Taylor," the dark-haired, dark-eyed Hebert said. "I remember riding around on my bicycle, practicing saying 'Hi' (like the Anglican kids) instead of 'Hey,' the way the Cajuns do."
NEWS
October 28, 2004 | Daryl H. Miller
"Crowns": Based on a 2000 book documenting the hats that are such a vibrant part of churchgoing in the African American community, this gospel musical has arrived in the Southland in a spirit-lifting presentation by San Diego Repertory Theatre. Hewing closely to the material recorded by photographer Michael Cunningham and journalist Craig Marberry, actress-playwright Regina Taylor created a show that reveals church hats as powerful symbols.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
The cow dreams of being a giraffe. The chicken dreams of being a rhinoceros. The horse dreams of being a wild boar. And "Animal Nation," a world premiere at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, may dream of being a play. Desperately. Earnestly. But, alas, unsuccessfully.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
As for other San Diego Repertory Theatre events, "Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know" has been extended yet again at the Lyceum Space. The box office is selling tickets through March 13.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2007
Laguna chief: Karen Wood will become managing director of the Laguna Playhouse in February, theater officials announced Monday. Wood has been managing director of San Diego Repertory Theatre the past seven years. She succeeds Richard Stein, who resigned in June.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
Two Shakespearean productions helped the Old Globe Theatre dominate the fifth-annual San Diego Critics Circle awards nominations Saturday. The Old Globe led with 28 nominations, to 17 for the La Jolla Playhouse and 11 for the San Diego Repertory Theatre. The winners, who will be selected by the 13 voting theater critic members of the Critics Circle, will be announced Oct. 23 at the Abbey Restaurant. Classics rather than new plays ruled the day.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1990
The San Diego Theatre League's third annual series of interpreted events, funded by AT&T and Dr. Seuss, will continue with: "Jesse and the Bandit Queen" at the Bowery Theatre, May 24. "Wiley and the Hairy Man" at the Patio Playhouse, June 9 or 10 (date to be decided). "Singing in the Rain," at the Starlight Bowl, June 27. "Burn This" at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, July 22. "Charlotte's Web" at the San Diego Junior Theatre, Aug. 4. "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Starlight Bowl, Aug. 22.
NEWS
August 8, 2002
* Love, Janis (San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, [619] 544-1000). The return of Randal Myler's tribute to rock 'n' roll icon Janis Joplin offers a rockin' good time. Andra Mitrovich, above, and Kacee Clanton-Iniguez alternate as the "singing" Joplin; Aimee McCormick is the "speaking" Janis. Tue., 7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. (Aug. 18, 2 p.m. only.) Ends Aug. 18. $31-$45.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2004 | Don Braunagel, Special to The Times
"Earthquake Sun," a new play written and directed by Luis Valdez, takes a love story from an 8th century Mayan civilization to a 34th century world, but the journey is too jumbled and episodic to be satisfying. Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino, has built an illustrious reputation with plays such as "Zoot Suit" and "I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges," spotlighting Latino culture and often using the technique of magical realism.
NEWS
August 8, 2002
* Love, Janis (San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, [619] 544-1000). The return of Randal Myler's tribute to rock 'n' roll icon Janis Joplin offers a rockin' good time. Andra Mitrovich, above, and Kacee Clanton-Iniguez alternate as the "singing" Joplin; Aimee McCormick is the "speaking" Janis. Tue., 7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. (Aug. 18, 2 p.m. only.) Ends Aug. 18. $31-$45.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2002 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO--Early in "Love, Janis," now at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Janis Joplin explains why she decided to flee her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas: "I knew I wanted more than bowling alleys and drive-ins." What she found in the San Francisco of the 1960s was a youthful world being transformed by a musical and cultural revolution, a world that gave her rebellious, artistic, insecure, to-hell-with-you, Southern Comfort-fueled personality room to breathe and to chase the acceptance she craved.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2002 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO--A director attempting "The Merchant of Venice" starts with a big problem: what to do with Shylock, a venal stereotype born of the unchallenged anti-Semitism of the Elizabethan Age. One answer is to go over the top, making Shylock the quintessence of evil, a Jewish Richard III, repellent but charismatic.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2001
* American Cinematheque presents its popular "Third Annual Festival of Film Noir," May 11-27 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. $6-$8. (323) 466-3456. * The Paris Opera Ballet dances Rudolf Nureyev's staging of the full-length "La Bayadere" on Tuesday, Wednesday and May 11-13 in the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $20 to $85 (714) 556-ARTS.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2000 | DON BRAUNAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The San Diego Rep, in its quarter-century of existence, has spawned and nurtured a local tradition: an annual holiday version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Some of the offerings have been conventional, others not. Some have succeeded, others not. This year's, which improbably blends the classic tale with a circus theme, ranks as not only one of the best of the lineage, but also among the company's top triumphs ever. Credit adapter D.W.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Old Globe Theatre dominated the sixth annual San Diego Theater Critics award nominations with 24 nominations for eight plays in the October, 1988, through Sept. 16, 1989, season. The La Jolla Playhouse, which presented fewer than half the plays the Globe did, picked up 14 nominations for five plays. The San Diego Repertory Theatre gathered 10 nominations for four plays. The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Abbey Restaurant in Hillcrest.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Old Globe Theatre dominated the nominations in the seventhannual San Diego Critics Circle Awards with 26 nominations, including eight for "Hamlet," the most-nominated play of the season. The La Jolla Playhouse, with half the length of the Globe's season, followed with 15 nominations. Next was Lamb's Players Theatre, edging out the San Diego Repertory Theatre for the first time ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2000 | DAN BENNETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During rehearsal breaks, actors in the theater are known to step away for some soul searching. Some conjure so much angst and self-doubt, they metaphorically climb the walls. At recent rehearsals of "A Christmas Carol," though, actors at the San Diego Repertory Theatre used their rehearsal breaks to climb the walls . . . literally. "Circus people are different," said Mike Genovese, the veteran character actor who plays Scrooge in the 25th anniversary production at the Rep.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
A woman more than 80 years of age carries in her womb a mummified fetus, conceived decades earlier. What are the stories behind this story? From a newspaper article worthy of Weekly World News comes the world premiere of "Mummified Deer," now at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. It is the first new work from playwright Luis Valdez in nearly 15 years. At present, it feels more like three or four new works competing for stage time. Its focus isn't so much multifaceted as it is distracted, restless.
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