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August 20, 1989 | GREG BRAXTON
Resplendent and shirtless in a white silk suit, Shelly Garrett looked cool. But he wasn't. It was near midnight at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Moments earlier, a capacity audience had rewarded Garrett's play, "Beauty Shop," with a standing ovation. Some in the fashionably attired, mostly black crowd, congratulated Garrett while others leaped up to grab "Beauty Shop" balloons floating to the ceiling.
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August 9, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1989
Greg Braxton's Aug. 20 article on Shelly Garrett's play "Beauty Shop" quotes Times critic Sylvie Drake as writing: "By the usual . . . standards 'Beauty Shop' is a sentimental, poorly structured, badly directed, self-congratulating show. But where is it written that those standards fit?" These comment and the tone of Braxton's article perpetuate a tiresome misconception. Some of us are tired of the lowest common denominator of black taste being equated with black taste, period.
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February 8, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
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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ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
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.
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June 4, 1993 | RICHARD STAYTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1989
Greg Braxton's Aug. 20 article on Shelly Garrett's play "Beauty Shop" quotes Times critic Sylvie Drake as writing: "By the usual . . . standards 'Beauty Shop' is a sentimental, poorly structured, badly directed, self-congratulating show. But where is it written that those standards fit?" These comment and the tone of Braxton's article perpetuate a tiresome misconception. Some of us are tired of the lowest common denominator of black taste being equated with black taste, period.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1989 | GREG BRAXTON
Resplendent and shirtless in a white silk suit, Shelly Garrett looked cool. But he wasn't. It was near midnight at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Moments earlier, a capacity audience had rewarded Garrett's play, "Beauty Shop," with a standing ovation. Some in the fashionably attired, mostly black crowd, congratulated Garrett while others leaped up to grab "Beauty Shop" balloons floating to the ceiling.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The black theater scene in Los Angeles is buzzing. A flock of major productions are opening or reopening soon. These aren't prestigious August Wilson plays at nonprofit theaters. Nor are most of them gospel musicals. Most are commercially intended entertainments, playing houses large enough for producers to make profits, if the shows take off. They're advertised primarily on black radio stations.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1990 | RAY LOYND
So what's behind this show, "Beauty Shop"? It was a hit last summer (as well as earlier occasions) at the Wilshire Ebell and it blew back into town Wednesday for a two-week run before a howling crowd at the Pantages. An enthusiastic audience is behind it, for one thing. Insults--gay, fat and ugly jokes--may be its soul food, but sex is its bread and butter. For example, there are two strands of a plot that unfold in this hothouse.
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