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March 25, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Playwright Tracy Letts draws his lowlife characters so skillfully from the underbelly of the American dream that it's impossible not to get caught up in their squalid exploits. Edgy, brutal and darkly hilarious, Letts' world comes vividly to life as his cult hit, "Killer Joe," makes its long overdue West Coast debut courtesy of Scott Cummins' riveting staging for Lost Angels Theatre Company.
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March 27, 1986 | DAVE HATZ
John Marlow, Valhalla High School School coach, liked his team's chances when he scanned the 36th Annual Lions/Mike Morrow Invitational Baseball Tournament schedule. Because the teams had to play five games in three days, Valhalla had an advantage with its strong pitching corps. Marlow used five pitchers, who combined to lead the Norsemen to the AA division title, culminating with a 4-2 win over Serra in the championship game Wednesday afternoon at Hilltop.
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April 12, 2003 | Scott Sandell, Times Staff Writer
Hairlines, hemlines and headlines change, but at least one thing stays the same: scum roaming the streets of our fair cities. Or so you may conclude from "Hunter: Back in Force." Continuing television's obsession with law and disorder, NBC resurrected the 1980s police drama, starring former pro football player Fred Dryer as the rogue Lt. Rick Hunter, with a TV movie in November.
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May 4, 2007 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Whatever your ultimate take is on Tracy Letts' "Bug," the 2004 off-Broadway hit now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Coast, you are certain to ponder the play long after the final curtain. Not for the squeamish, "Bug" is part sci-fi, part "Lower Depths," a grim, gritty, surprisingly funny portrait of paranoiac down-and-outers involved in what may or may not be a massive government conspiracy.
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November 16, 2005 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Something old and something blue (and grisly) were the surprise favorites Monday at the 2005 Ovation Awards, which honor excellence in Southern California theater. Taking home four awards each were Fullerton Civic Light Opera's original staging of the perennial blockbuster "Miss Saigon" and Lost Angels Theatre Company's small-theater production of "Killer Joe," Tracy Letts' brutal comedy.
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January 27, 2006 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
One doesn't typically associate experimental German theater with big yuks. However, in "Mr. Kolpert," now in its West Coast premiere at the Odyssey, up-and-coming German playwright David Gieselmann wields a double-edged sword, carving out a mortally incisive sendup of postmodern European corruption and angst, while at the same time striking a lethal blow to the funny bone.
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February 27, 2004 | F. Kathleen Foley;David C. Nichols;Rob Kendt
A flawed but vivid rendering of a troubled Irish family, "The Pagans," at the Road Theatre, receives an optimum production from director Scott Cummins, set designer Desma Murphy and a solid cast. For the Riordan clan, a working-class family in a small town in County Clare, little things loom large. A cherished table, a battered chair are guarded with fierce possessiveness by these hardscrabble have-nots.
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September 8, 2006 | F. Kathleen Foley, David C. Nichols
As Hollywood legend has it, "Gone With the Wind" went into production without a workable script. In desperation, David O. Selznick, the film's maverick producer, stopped production and hired famous script doctor Ben Hecht to distill Margaret Mitchell's beloved but attenuated tale into filmable form.
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June 24, 2005 | F. Kathleen Foley; Rob Kendt; David C. Nichols;
William Faulkner once commented, "If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' is worth any number of old ladies." Amanda Blue (Michelle Duffy), a character in Jamie Pachino's "Waving Goodbye," a Syzygy Theatre Group production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is apparently of the same mind.
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September 16, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Two mid-size theaters, on opposite sides of the Los Angeles area, joined the larger Center Theatre Group in leading the pack of nominations for the 2003-04 Ovation Awards, announced Wednesday. Rubicon Theatre in Ventura received 20 nominations for five productions, including seven for a revival of "Driving Miss Daisy" and six for "All My Sons."
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