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October 26, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No performing art depends on the "small is beautiful" philosophy more than puppetry--and traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry takes the premise to the max by retelling mythic stories with delicately carved, flat leather figures held against illuminated fabric from inside a portable booth. The intricate carving of the leather represents an art in itself, as does the one-man manipulation of all the puppets in the narrative.
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October 26, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No performing art depends on the "small is beautiful" philosophy more than puppetry--and traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry takes the premise to the max by retelling mythic stories with delicately carved, flat leather figures held against illuminated fabric from inside a portable booth. The intricate carving of the leather represents an art in itself, as does the one-man manipulation of all the puppets in the narrative.
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April 11, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
"Finding Nemo," Disney's Pixar Animation Studios' blockbuster film, has already been reincarnated as an ice show spectacular. Next up: "Finding Nemo -- The Musical." Written by Tony Award-winning "Avenue Q" composer Robert Lopez and his wife, "Along the Way" composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the all-new production will open at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in late 2006. Peter Brosius, artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Children's Theatre of Minneapolis, is slated to direct.
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July 18, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
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November 27, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Puppetry is consigned in most minds to children's theater, but there's a whole adult world of puppet theater that has broken free of folk art and cleverly, elegantly expanded the form. The latest example is "Icons and Other Strangers" by the newly formed Los Angeles Puppet Artists Collective at the Carpet Company Stage. The show's coordinator, Lisa Sturz, believes that "puppets are mediators (that can) act as powerful messengers between the conscious and unconscious."
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March 22, 2001 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Premature burial--both literal and metaphorical--is the morbid theme that begetslaughs, chills and unexpectedly deep meditations on the need for human connection in "The Wooden Breeks" at Open Fist Theatre. Set in a desolate, famine-ridden corner of 19th century Britain, Glen Berger's eloquent fairy tale receives ingenious staging by Dan Fields, employing haunting performances, shadow puppetry and miniature set components to evoke the aptly named town of Brood.
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December 10, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
"Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle," a holiday celebration of family from Washington, D.C.'s Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, will run Thursday through Saturday at downtown's New LATC (formerly the Los Angeles Theatre Center). The all-ages show is the latest touring production from the 30-year-old multiracial and multigenerational company known for community-inspired work.
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April 20, 1991 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With roots in Balinese culture, the exotic, otherworldly "Freedom Song" celebrates something uniquely American--the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights. The Mark Taper Forum's latest Improvisational Theatre Project for young people is an intriguing tale of freedoms lost and regained, using shadow puppetry, live action, stylized movement, mime and sound and live, onstage music.
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March 23, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mark Taper Forum's latest P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) production, touring Southland public venues and schools, turns out to work quite nicely as a complement to the clown hit "Fool Moon," finishing its run Sunday at the Doolittle Theatre. "Harold's Big Feat," a short comedy created and performed by Wolfe Bowart and directed by Peter C. Brosius, is billed as "a day in the life of an Everyman clown."
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March 25, 2001
Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino play secret-agent parents whose "Spy Kids" come to their rescue when evil-doer Alan Cumming kidnaps them. With Teri Hatcher, Robert Patrick and Cheech Marin. Opens wide Friday. Also: John Boorman brings John le Carre's humorous spy thriller "The Tailor of Panama" to the screen with Pierce Brosnan as a British spy banished to Panama who sees a secret weapon in Geoffrey Rush's Cockney ex-con-turned-tailor to the rich and powerful. Opens wide Friday.
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