December 31, 1993
Professional productions, alphabetically by title: "Great Day in the Morning" (South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, March). Although set in turn-of-the-century America, Thomas Babe's play has resonance today, echoing the moral and ethical uncertainty that has spawned such white-collar crooks as Charles H. Keating Jr. and Michael Milken. Solid acting, an SCR trademark, and sobering direction by David Emmes marked this production. "Much Ado About Nothing" (Shakespeare Orange County, Orange, July).
December 12, 1996 |
The tradition of festive Christmas celebrations came along a couple of hundred years too late for Shakespeare, who never made much of the yuletide season in his plays or poems. But for the past four years that has not deterred Shakespeare Orange County from staging "A Shakespearean Christmas."
December 15, 1992 |
Shakespeare Orange County has abandoned plans to stage "King Lear" next year, avoiding a possible scheduling conflict with GroveShakespeare. Thomas Bradac, the founder of SOC and former director of GroveShakespeare, said either "Julius Caesar" or "Richard III" will replace "King Lear" in the fledgling troupe's two-play summer season at Chapman University's Waltmar Theatre. GroveShakespeare plans to stage "King Lear" during its summer program at its Garden Grove amphitheater.
August 6, 1994
"Sweet are the uses of adversity," says the Duke in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" after being exiled to the Forest of Arden by his usurping brother. We could say the same thing about Thomas Bradac. A few years ago, ousted by the board of directors of GroveShakespeare in a surprise power play, Bradac was exiled from a company he had founded and that he had kept going for several years. Almost immediately, he started a new company, Shakespeare Orange County, in which he made use of many of the actors from GroveShakespeare and also of the Waltmar Theatre on the campus of Chapman University, where he teaches acting and directing.
June 23, 1993 |
"Shakespeare and Me," a benefit performance of sonnets, scenes and anecdotes Saturday, grossed $5,125 for Shakespeare Orange County--"25% more than we expected," artistic director Tom Bradac said Monday. "We had great door sales, lots of walk-ups." The only professional classical theater troupe left in Orange County, SOC performs in Chapman University's Waltmar Theatre. This summer, its second season, it will stage "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Julius Caesar."
September 1, 1993 |
Shakespeare Orange County has scheduled "Falstaff's Feast," a Renaissance-style banquet on Sept. 11, as the closing event of its current season. The alfresco dinner will feature improvisatory performances by SOC artistic director Thomas F. Bradac as Falstaff, along with strolling troubadours, jugglers and mimes.
September 23, 1995
I would like to add my voice to Connie Orliski's, who wrote (Counterpunch, Sept. 4) in response to Jan Herman's criticism of Shakespeare Orange County's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." As Orliski so ably articulated, the audiences of Shakespeare's day would have loved the bawdy antics and even stopped the show with their laughter and applause. When I attended the play, the audience was indeed caught up in the fun, and as Orliski states, it is most important that Shakespeare be taken out of the stuffy halls of academia and viewed as a lively and entertaining experience for all. Lastly, I am concerned, as she is, that critical reviews like Herman's will keep people away from this fledging troupe that has strived so hard to provide Orange County with a Shakespeare they can relate to, they can laugh and cry with and, most of all, whose poetry they can be moved by, all of which this production accomplished with great success.
June 25, 1997 |
Noted classical actor Alan Mandell, who was to star as Shylock in Shakespeare Orange County's upcoming production of "The Merchant of Venice," has withdrawn from the show because of the recent death of his wife. "He called me and said he just couldn't go on," SOC artistic director Thomas F. Bradac said Tuesday, noting that rehearsal had just begun. "The company feels deeply sorry that Alan won't be with us this summer."
January 23, 1993
Catherine Curley is woefully misinformed on a number of matters regarding GroveShakespeare. However, her letter ("The Theater Behind the Theater at the Grove," Dec. 26) was assured of publication by its adherence to The Times' continuing policy of negative press where the Grove is concerned. Keep in mind that I am not simply a Grove partisan--I spoke against Tom Bradac's firing in front of the Grove board and signed a letter condemning the board's action in forcing Tom out. My feelings on this matter have not changed.
January 4, 1993
Readers responded with sincerity, wit and, occasionally, vehemence to our queries for their assessments of the best and worst in pop music, theater, art, classical music and dance in Orange County in 1992. Here is some of what they had to say: My two favorite 1992 productions: "Hamlet" (Shakespeare Orange County). Incredibly moving and thoughtful performances by all the actors. One of the best Shakespeare productions I've ever seen. "Our Country's Good" (South Coast Repertory)