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May 28, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"You don't have to hit me over the head with a sledgehammer," says one of the characters in Nicky Silver's "My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine." The line sounds as if it could be a site-specific irony for the play's U.S. premiere--here at the Sledgehammer Theatre. "Sledgehammer" probably isn't the best image to describe Silver's work; his plays are funnier than that might suggest.
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May 28, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"You don't have to hit me over the head with a sledgehammer," says one of the characters in Nicky Silver's "My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine." The line sounds as if it could be a site-specific irony for the play's U.S. premiere--here at the Sledgehammer Theatre. "Sledgehammer" probably isn't the best image to describe Silver's work; his plays are funnier than that might suggest.
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November 27, 1990 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
T.S. Eliot once wrote: "Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' / Let us go and make our visit." The poet might have had a similar reaction to Sledgehammer Theatre's current production of Georg Buchner's "Leonce and Lena," which opened Sunday at the Old Globe's Cassius Carter Centre Stage. Always intriguing, Sledgehammer Theatre productions have attained must-see status in San Diego theater. Unfortunately, suffering from a bad choice of material, this time the company seems to have lost its direction.
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April 20, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Sledgehammer Theatre is certainly aptly named. Founded in 1986 by four young Turks fresh out of the University of California, San Diego, it first made its mark with brashly ambitious, highly stylized and frequently assaultive productions of the likes of Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard and Georg Buchner. Those early productions were staged in empty warehouses and other bleak spaces in downtown San Diego.
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May 12, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Fasten your seat belts. Sledgehammer Theatre is providing a bumpy ride on the Bard tonight. A few thrills. A few spills. Sledgehammer's version of "Hamlet," playing at the Sixth Avenue Playhouse through May 27, brings the sweet prince up to date by putting him in modern dress in a modern Denmark where secret service men lurk around the new dictator, Claudius, and massacred bodies, writhing in plastic bags, moan in pain as if beseeching Hamlet for release. That's the best part.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Sledgehammer Theatre is certainly aptly named. Founded in 1986 by four young Turks fresh out of the University of California, San Diego, it first made its mark with brashly ambitious, highly stylized and frequently assaultive productions of the likes of Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard and Georg Buchner. Those early productions were staged in empty warehouses and other bleak spaces in downtown San Diego.
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May 25, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sledgehammer Theatre is no longer homeless. The 7-year-old San Diego company has signed a six-month lease, with an option to extend for 2 1/2 years, at the Sixth Avenue Playhouse, which had been managed since 1976 by the San Diego Repertory Theatre. The San Diego Rep did not renew its lease for financial reasons when it ran out in April. Before the San Diego Rep gave up the space, it helped pass the lease to Sledgehammer, a company it has encouraged and supported artistically over the years.
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October 10, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN
As the title of his latest play, "7 Blowjobs" indicates, Mac Wellman does not shy away from controversy. The fictional play is about the issues of censorship that have plagued artists since the controversy over an exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe erupted two summers ago. It premiers Sunday in a production by the Sledgehammer Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1989 | Nancy Churnin
Don't count on the accuracy of the announcement of the San Diego Repertory Theatre's coming season in this month's American Theatre magazine, said a representative of the theater.
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December 16, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
The sign above the abandoned, peeling old milk factory on 10th Avenue between J and K streets reads "Carnation." But today, its contents are anything but 100% homogenized. Bodies are autopsied in the bottling room. Soldiers hang laundry on the loading dock as pool cues strike their mark in a festive, pinata-festooned bar a few doors away. No one is surprised to see a husband and wife motor through, arguing mere steps past a carnival site.
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May 25, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sledgehammer Theatre is no longer homeless. The 7-year-old San Diego company has signed a six-month lease, with an option to extend for 2 1/2 years, at the Sixth Avenue Playhouse, which had been managed since 1976 by the San Diego Repertory Theatre. The San Diego Rep did not renew its lease for financial reasons when it ran out in April. Before the San Diego Rep gave up the space, it helped pass the lease to Sledgehammer, a company it has encouraged and supported artistically over the years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN
As the title of his latest play, "7 Blowjobs" indicates, Mac Wellman does not shy away from controversy. The fictional play is about the issues of censorship that have plagued artists since the controversy over an exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe erupted two summers ago. It premiers Sunday in a production by the Sledgehammer Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1990 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
T.S. Eliot once wrote: "Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' / Let us go and make our visit." The poet might have had a similar reaction to Sledgehammer Theatre's current production of Georg Buchner's "Leonce and Lena" at the Old Globe's Cassius Carter Centre Stage. Always intriguing, Sledgehammer Theatre productions have attained must-see status in San Diego theater. Unfortunately, suffering from a bad choice of material, this time the company seems to have lost its direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Fasten your seat belts. Sledgehammer Theatre is providing a bumpy ride on the Bard tonight. A few thrills. A few spills. Sledgehammer's version of "Hamlet," playing at the Sixth Avenue Playhouse through May 27, brings the sweet prince up to date by putting him in modern dress in a modern Denmark where secret service men lurk around the new dictator, Claudius, and massacred bodies, writhing in plastic bags, moan in pain as if beseeching Hamlet for release. That's the best part.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1989 | Nancy Churnin
Don't count on the accuracy of the announcement of the San Diego Repertory Theatre's coming season in this month's American Theatre magazine, said a representative of the theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
The sign above the abandoned, peeling old milk factory on 10th Avenue between J and K streets reads "Carnation." But today, its contents are anything but 100% homogenized. Bodies are autopsied in the bottling room. Soldiers hang laundry on the loading dock as pool cues strike their mark in a festive, pinata-festooned bar a few doors away. No one is surprised to see a husband and wife motor through, arguing mere steps past a carnival site.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1989
Sledgehammer Theatre has postponed the opening of Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" until May 27. The leading actor in the show left due to artistic differences, according to executive director Ethan Feerst, prompting the postponement. Actor Paul Nolan is scheduled to take the part.
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