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July 7, 2011
THEATER Enjoy family theater fun for kids of all ages at the Free Festival of Theatre at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Join in "All Join In," a musical fairy-tale journey featuring sing-alongs, dance and performance, with prizes offered. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sun. See website for times. Free. (310) 394-9779; http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.
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April 17, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Baryshnikov does Chekov in "Man in a Case" at the Broad Stage. Plus, a Pulitzer Prize winner: D.L. Colburn's “The Gin Game” at Little Fish Theatre. Dr. Keeling's Curve Mike Farrell portrays the scientist who first sounded the alarm about global warming. Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Tue., 8 p.m. $5-$35. (626) 395-4652. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Tony-winning revival of the classic musical about African American life in 1920s South Carolina.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
A basket for "Donations" blocked the refreshment table at the opening-night reception for Arnold Schulman's "Sleeping Ugly. " The Santa Monica Playhouse has evidently taken fundraising advice from the Third Street Promenade buskers. But as this quirky, inventively staged world premiere demonstrates, the 50-year-old theater knows how to squeeze the maximum entertainment value out of each dollar. You have to wonder what they could do with a few more. Can't afford a fancy set? Use actors as scenery.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | Matt Cooper
"The Book of Mormon" is back at the Pantages, Segerstrom's Off Center Festival gets underway down in the O.C., and the musical "Let's Misbehave" sings the praises, and the songs, of Cole Porter. Don't Leave It All to Your Children L.A. premiere of this off-Broadway musical-comedy revue about aging gracefully. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Today, next Sun.2 p.m.; ends March 30. $30. (800) 838-3006. Doodu Boy Stefhen F.D. Bryan's solo show about his journey from Jamaica to the U.S. to Japan; contains adult themes.
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November 28, 2000
Ted Roter, 70, founder of the Santa Monica Playhouse. Roter started an actors group in 1962, and the next year he opened the Santa Monica Playhouse, a 75-seat theater that became a venue for works by such playwrights as Moliere, Jean Genet and Eugene Ionesco. Roter was a native of Brussels who discovered acting as a child in refugee camps in France during World War II.
NEWS
August 28, 1994 | JANICE ARKATOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Santa Monica Playhouse is making all the world its stage. It recently scored a big hit in England, where it joined its two sister theaters--Japan's Model Language Studio and Britain's Playbox Theatre--for three performances of Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie's futuristic musical drama, "1994: A Telling of Tomorrow." The cast was made up of 75 actors from the three companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1990 | T.H. McCULLOH
A falling star and a fallen woman make up this late show at Santa Monica Playhouse. Under Julian Neil's understanding direction, both women have their charms--in their disparate fashions. First is Barbara Eaton's "Smoke & Mirrors," an incisive look at '30s superstar Jean Harlow. The script is crammed with detail, and looks as though it might be part of a larger work, but it does stand on its own.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY
Chris DeCarlo winces at the idea of commercializing his art. "I don't want to commodify what we're doing," he said. "It's like having a wonderful date with someone and then exploiting all the great moments, putting them out there for everyone to see." Yet that's the position in which he finds himself lately, along with his wife and professional partner, Evelyn Rudie. They're the pop and the mom of the L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1997 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Musical wit and an inventive twist on a familiar fairy tale highlight Santa Monica Playhouse's perky revival of its family show "Cap'n Jack and the Beanstalk."
NEWS
December 27, 2001 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Canteen" at the Santa Monica Playhouse could be subtitled "When Good Musicals Go Bad." Written by Matt Wrather, Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, "Canteen" is set in a USO canteen in 1942, where a group of volunteers are keeping the home fires burning for the guys in uniform.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
A comforting mix of the familiar and unexpected floats the smooth 25th anniversary revival of “Aspirin & Elephants” at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Despite some formulaic aspects, playwright Jerry Mayer's boulevard comedy about intergenerational marital issues on a cruise ship is a surefire date show, a high-end sitcom with flashes of emotional heft. The title refers to the blood-thinning meds and cardiac pressures endured by Stephen “Junior” Frank (Kip Gilman), a St. Louis paterfamilias whose wisenheimer attitude conceals genuine dread, hence his secret stash of an alleged euthanasia drug called “The Terminator.” Facing early retirement after a heart attack, Junior and Honey (Wendy Michaels)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
A basket for "Donations" blocked the refreshment table at the opening-night reception for Arnold Schulman's "Sleeping Ugly. " The Santa Monica Playhouse has evidently taken fundraising advice from the Third Street Promenade buskers. But as this quirky, inventively staged world premiere demonstrates, the 50-year-old theater knows how to squeeze the maximum entertainment value out of each dollar. You have to wonder what they could do with a few more. Can't afford a fancy set? Use actors as scenery.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2011
THEATER Enjoy family theater fun for kids of all ages at the Free Festival of Theatre at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Join in "All Join In," a musical fairy-tale journey featuring sing-alongs, dance and performance, with prizes offered. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sun. See website for times. Free. (310) 394-9779; http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2010
Kids Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Earthworm Ensemble Celebrate the release of this family music act's latest CD at a special all-ages concert. Composed of some of L.A.'s best folk and country artists, including I See Hawks in L.A., Mike Stinson, and the Chapin Sisters, the band's lively sound pleases kids and adults alike. McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Today, 11 a.m. $8. (310) 828-4497. Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party Audiences help Alice set a topsy- turvy Wonderland aright in this zany Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2009
Kids' Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The L.A. premiere of the hit holiday musical fable stars John Larroquette as Old Max and Stefan Karl as the Grinch. www.ticketmaster.com.Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. $23-$90. (323) 468-1770; (213) 480-3232. Cinderella: The Musical This interactive musical from Rudie DeCarlo will charm and delight kids of all ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Charlie Lustman is on a musical mission to help people feel better. He's written and stars in the first pop operetta about surviving cancer, "Made Me Nuclear," now at the Santa Monica Playhouse through December. The sweet, sad and humorous one-man show chronicles Lustman's bout with cancer, beginning with receiving the diagnosis to being declared clean of the disease after a year of chemotherapy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
The shadow of David Mamet looms over writer-director Greg Suddeth's "Very Cherry and Extra Clean" at the Cast Theatre. The signs are everywhere: the setting is a dog-eat-dog Chicago-area car dealership, the men are basically predatory shysters and the language is patented Mamet--patented in that the filigreed cuss words and the rest of the dialogue is too close to the original for Suddeth to make it his own. What is strikingly missing are the color and fire of Mamet's world.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 1997
"Mirage a Trois," Annie Reiner's well-acted, fluidly directed comedy about a playwright whose characters take over the direction of his life, is running through New Year's Eve at the Santa Monica Playhouse. * "Mirage a Trois," Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m., through Dec. 31. $20; New Year's Eve galas, $45-$50. (310) 394-9779, Ext. 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2008 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
After meeting Charlie Lustman, it's a little harder to take life for granted. In 2006, the musician and then-proprietor of the Silent Movie Theatre was told that the curious bump on his jaw was a rare cancer. Eradicating it meant removal of three-quarters of his upper jaw (since replaced with a prosthetic mouthpiece) and a year of chemotherapy. But he'd been given back what he was afraid he'd lost, and he felt compelled to turn his feelings into music.
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