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April 27, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Can the Long Beach Repertory Theatre succeed where its predecessors failed? The new professional troupe, announced earlier this week, won't be the first professional theater company to appear in the 864-seat Center Theatre at the Long Beach Convention Center. Shortly after the building went up, producers Herb Rogers and Norman Twain each presented a season of six star-studded shows. Rogers' opening production was Shelley Winters in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" in February, 1978; Twain's final production, in August, 1979, was Stockard Channing in "As You Like It," directed by Tony Richardson.
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February 6, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
"The Difficult We Do Immediately. The Impossible Takes a Little Longer." This motto is posted front and center on a placard atop Shashin Desai's desk. It more or less dares visitors to come up with daunting challenges for Desai to tackle. Let's see now . . . how about defying your wealthy father in your choices of career and bride and moving halfway around the world to create a new life? Nope, Desai already did all that.
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February 6, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
"The Difficult We Do Immediately. The Impossible Takes a Little Longer." This motto is posted front and center on a placard atop Shashin Desai's desk. It more or less dares visitors to come up with daunting challenges for Desai to tackle. Let's see now . . . how about defying your wealthy father in your choices of career and bride and moving halfway around the world to create a new life? Nope, Desai already did all that.
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April 27, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Can the Long Beach Repertory Theatre succeed where its predecessors failed? The new professional troupe, announced earlier this week, won't be the first professional theater company to appear in the 864-seat Center Theatre at the Long Beach Convention Center. Shortly after the building went up, producers Herb Rogers and Norman Twain each presented a season of six star-studded shows. Rogers' opening production was Shelley Winters in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" in February, 1978; Twain's final production, in August, 1979, was Stockard Channing in "As You Like It," directed by Tony Richardson.
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May 25, 1992 | RAY LOYND and "Burkie," International City Theatre, Harvey Way and Clark, Long Beach, Fridays-Saturdays,8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ends June 21. $15. (213) 480-3232. Running time: 2 hours.
Bruce Graham's domestic memory play, "Burkie," at the International City Theatre in Long Beach, is cast emotionally in bittersweet shadows. And director Shashin Desai catches many of them. But among the cast only the scruffy but touching Jack Axelrod, as the dying patriarch and title character, has absorbed the play's tenderness.
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April 25, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
A new professional theater company will occupy the 862-seat Center Theatre at the Long Beach Convention Center next season. Called the Long Beach Repertory Theatre, the company is an outgrowth of the 99-seat International City Theatre, which has presented productions on the campus of Long Beach City College since January, 1985. The smaller theater will continue to operate, and Shashin Desai will be the artistic director of both companies. The new theater will operate on an Equity contract, still to be negotiated, and Desai hopes to employ a company of 20 actors for the entire season.
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January 20, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS
One has to wonder what Newt Gingrich, newly tapped duke of the right wing, would make of "Out of Order" and its penchant for tweaking hypocritically conservative politicians. No "Boys Town" this, Ray Cooney's farce concerns a stuffy British cabinet minister (Steve Brady) who tries to tryst with a pretty young secretary (Risa Benson) in a swank London hotel.
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November 2, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even if "the Troubles" in Ireland seem to be on their way to some sort of conclusion, a healing of the pain will be a long time coming. As one of the characters in Graham Reid's "Remembrance" at International City Theatre says, the hatred didn't begin in 1916; it's been around for hundreds of years. The play begins in a graveyard in Northern Ireland, where Bert (Jack Axelrod) has come to visit the grave of his son, Sam, and Theresa (Bobbi Holtzman) that of her son, Peter.
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February 15, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Is it hard for an actor to get a good-sized laugh by hopping up a flight of stairs, two at a time, with his pants around his ankles? No. It is not hard. It is difficult to get a good good-sized laugh, if you perceive the distinction. A good good-sized one may happen if, for example, the performer executes the bit faster than you'd expect, as if the upward-bound two-step were the most natural thing in the world.
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March 17, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Life has dealt losing hands to the pair of elderly characters in "The Gin Game," D.L. Coburn's slight, Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a couple of lonely people who find themselves warehoused in an old-age home. Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey meet on a patio, crack grim jokes full of gallows humor about the vegetative state of their fellow tenants, and commiserate about the patronizing attitude of the staff.
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October 26, 1990 | RAY LOYND
Some of the characters in the soap "Light of Love" have been at it for so long that their TV reality has become bizarrely entangled with their personal reality. Gloria Loring's diva soap opera star Monica McKay has been getting married and crying for 20 years and now she can't decide whether she's in love with the show's writer or her leading man. She wants out. Welcome to the send-up "Queen of the Soaps" by Nan and Ivan Lyons at International City Theatre in Long Beach.
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February 22, 2004 | Don Shirley
California Repertory Company, the professional theater company based at Cal State Long Beach, is no longer the Howard Burman Repertory Company. Burman, the company's founding artistic producing director, has left Long Beach after 16 years in which Cal Rep became known for producing Burman's own plays and adaptations as much as for anything else. The new interim leader is Joanne Gordon, a longtime director with the company who hopes to take over permanently.
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