November 4, 1997 |
Designer Neil Peter Jampolis cast a critical eye the other day on his set for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," an off-Broadway revue that begins previews tonight and opens Thursday in a West Coast premiere for the Laguna Playhouse.
October 5, 1997
The 11th annual Showcase of Kitchens and Interiors tour, sponsored by the Pasadena / Glendale chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $20. For more information on the four-home self-guided tour, call (818) 793-5991.
October 2, 1997 |
The temperature hit 103 Tuesday for the visit of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Princess Anne, who valiantly wore black gloves to the Herberger Theater, despite the heat. Air conditioning made the theater comfortable enough for the dressy crowd gathered to launch the local UK/AZ Festival. But the action onstage was sizzling almost as much as the weather outside. Director Sam Mendes, making his U.S. debut, staged an "Othello" with a semi-tropical quality.
August 24, 1997 |
Designer Karen TenEyck may create magical, and often massive, sets for both theater and opera, but when it comes to her working philosophy, she's surprisingly concise. The artist is a firm believer in less is more. "I always try to have the least amount of things onstage that I can to say what needs to be said," explains the New York-based designer, during a recent conversation at South Coast Repertory, where she's creating a set for George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opening Sept. 5.
August 6, 1997 |
Designer Tony Walton is up on a ladder hanging a framed sketch of Nicol Williamson dressed as Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. "Hand me George C. Scott," he calls to an assistant. "Hand me Lillian Gish." Scott, Williamson and Gish all wore costumes by Walton when they appeared on his set for Mike Nichols' 1973 Broadway production of "Uncle Vanya."
August 1, 1997
Patrick James McFadden Jr., 59, award-winning set designer in Southern California theater. McFadden earned a Drama Critics Award for best set design for his work on "Picnic" produced at the Met Theater, and his work was rated by a Times reviewer as "superb, handsome and versatile." McFadden also designed sets for the Met Theater for the productions of "Dark at the Top of the Stairs," "Curse of the Starving Class" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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November 2, 1996
The Social and Public Art Resource Center is sponsoring the first of a series of studio workshops Saturday on designing a Korean-style garden in Ardmore Park. The garden will surround a cultural monument: a large sculpture of four folding screens, which will be built as part of the "Cultural Explainers: Portals, Bridges and Gateways," a project of the arts organization.
July 7, 1996 |
A giant clock hangs high above the kerchief-covered heads of young women slaving away at factory looms, ticking away the final moments of toil. Within a few beats, the workday is done and the captives spill out and make their way to a fairground. To the strains of the "Carousel Waltz," the scene fills with barkers and townspeople shedding their reserve as they lose themselves in the whirl of the spring carnival.
May 16, 1996 |
There's plenty of fine acting in "The Miracle Worker," which moves this week from the Santa Paula Theater Center to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. But much of the production's effectiveness comes from its set: a sturdy cutaway two-story house, with several distinct areas for the action to take place. It's the work of Jeff Rack, who has been designing for the Santa Paula group and other local companies for the past decade.