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February 7, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
We could dance around it for a few politically correct paragraphs, or just get to it. The answer is yes. Shirley Jo Finney was chosen to direct Pearl Cleage's play "Flyin' West," currently at the Pasadena Playhouse, because she is a black woman. There are other reasons, of course.
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February 7, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
We could dance around it for a few politically correct paragraphs, or just get to it. The answer is yes. Shirley Jo Finney was chosen to direct Pearl Cleage's play "Flyin' West," currently at the Pasadena Playhouse, because she is a black woman. There are other reasons, of course.
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August 25, 2005 | F. Kathleen Foley
"Yellowman": A finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer in drama, Dael Orlander- smith's play is a sweepingly poetical yet down-to-earth tale about the ravages of racial elitism and generational abuse in the Gullah-Geechee culture of South Carolina's Sea Islands. The play commences in the late 1960s, when the burgeoning black pride movement is just distant thunder to the Gullahs, relegated by race to the lowliest occupations of their isolated rural communities.
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March 15, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Wilma" Where: ESPN Classic, Sunday, 6 p.m. Commemorating Wilma Rudolph's triple gold medal-winning performance at the 1960 Rome Olympics, ESPN Classic will show this 1977 TV movie. It was written, produced and directed by Bud Greenspan and his late wife, Cappy, which should tell you something about its quality. Shirley Jo Finney, a Southern Californian who got a master's degree from UCLA, played Wilma, Cicely Tyson her mother.
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December 13, 2001
Last Chance Theater "Delirium Palace"--Playwright Gordon Dahlquist loves his oblique games. Irene (Lauren Campedelli) is being grilled by Pierson (Christian Leffler). She's amnesiac. She believes herself to be an American doctor, lost in some foreign port city. She remembers a red door, beckoning, and then a white room, people wearing headphones.... There's an archness to the writing, and before it's quite over, the play starts chasing its own tail. Yet it's highly stageworthy.
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July 26, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena Playhouse's 2005 season will include the Los Angeles County premiere of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning "Anna in the Tropics" and a co-production of a new play, "Open Window," with Deaf West Theatre. "Anna in the Tropics," opening the season Jan. 14-Feb. 13, will also be a co-production -- with two other companies, Dallas Theater Center and Arizona Theatre Company, which will present Richard Hamburger's staging before it arrives in Pasadena.
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January 17, 1999
Art The hottest ticket in Washington, D.C., hits L.A. today as "Van Gogh's Van Goghs: Masterpieces From the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam" opens at LACMA West. In this rare display of the museum's holdings outside the Netherlands, 70 paintings will be exhibited, including "Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer," above. Dance Percussion master Zakir Hussain joins Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet in the local premiere of "Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner?"
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October 17, 1997 | PHILIP BRANDES
It's little wonder Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland's story proves so compelling in "From the Mississippi Delta" at the Fountain Theatre--she experienced the kind of dramas many playwrights work hard to fabricate. Growing up a poor black woman in the rural South, Holland spent much of her youth in a downward spiral of sexual abuse, prostitution, petty theft and hopelessness. Yet Holland's life proves an inspiring affirmation of resilience, perseverance and ultimate validation.
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March 18, 2013 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle named the winners of its annual awards on Monday for stage productions that opened last year. Sharing the honors for best production were the national tour of "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre; "Cyrano" at the Fountain Theatre; "Justin Love" at the Celebration Theatre; and the national tour of "War Horse" at the Ahmanson Theatre. The group gave its award for best revival production to " Waiting for Godot " at the Mark Taper Forum.
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February 21, 2005 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
A finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer in drama, Dael Orlandersmith's "Yellowman," now at the Fountain Theatre, is a sweepingly poetical yet down-to-earth drama about the ravages of racial elitism and generational abuse in the Gullah-Geechee culture of South Carolina's Sea Islands. The play commences in the late 1960s, when the burgeoning black pride movement is still just distant thunder to the Gullahs, relegated by race to the lowliest occupations of their isolated rural communities.
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November 6, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Marcus Gardley taps into some fascinating, and for many little known, history in his new play "the road weeps, the well runs dry. " The drama, a Latino Theater Company presentation at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is set in a fictionalized version of the town (known today as Wewoka, Okla.) that was settled by black Seminole freedmen, who had migrated from Florida along the Trail of Tears and established their own free society in mid-19th century racist America. Exploring this hybrid culture - part Native American, part black - is a tantalizing prospect.
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