August 9, 1990 |
The "production staff" list in the program for "Beauty Shop," at the Pantages, makes for fascinating reading. Shelly Garrett is listed first, as executive producer and writer/director/producer. Then, following 10 fairly normal credits (but no set, lighting or sound designer) comes a list of 13 people who are assistants "to" or "for Mr. Garrett."
February 8, 1990 |
At the top of the ad for "The Living Room," which continues at the Wilshire Ebell through Sunday, is a large picture of Shelly Garrett. Then the copy begins: "Shelly Garrett's Living Room. It's . . . Shelly Garrett's new comedy-drama stage play. If you saw Shelly Garrett's 'Beauty Shop,' hey! Wait . . . wait until you step into his living room!" Would you assume from this that Garrett wrote "The Living Room"--or that he's in it, or even that it's about him? Wrong on all counts.
September 20, 1989 |
Five limited partners in the production of "Beauty Shop," a comedy that has played several engagements at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre over the past 19 months, have filed a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the show's writer-director-producer, Shelly Garrett. Named in the suit with Garrett are 25 others identified only as "Does." The five plaintiffs have charged Garrett and the other defendants with fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and a failure to provide proper accounting.
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September 7, 1996
Inglewood police officers fatally shot one man and wounded another Thursday night while chasing the two after getting a tip that their car might contain rock cocaine, police said. A bystander was wounded. Police officers received a phone tip about 8 p.m. Thursday about a gray Datsun 280Z parked at a hotel near West Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue. Two men got into the car and drove down Century Boulevard.
August 14, 1989 |
Question: What do "Steel Magnolias" and "Beauty Shop" have in common? Answer: Both take place in a beauty shop; both are playing in theaters with the word Wilshire in their name (The Wilshire Theatre for "Magnolias," the Wilshire Ebell for "Shop"); both have their share of flaws and are undeniable hits. "Magnolias" was reviewed in these pages July 17.
June 4, 1993 |
Some cultural events defy analysis. Cult phenomena such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Eraserhead" are critic-proof. How to explain their popularity? What motivates hordes of people to repeatedly pay homage? Sociologists and psychologists can only watch in awe. "Beauty Shop, Part 2" belongs to this phenomenon. At Tuesday's opening-night performance, an enormous audience filled the Wilshire Theatre. The crowd hooted, howled and called out in response to Shelly Garrett's broad comedy.