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September 20, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The South Orange County Community Theater is used to uphill battles, but its struggle to win a permanent home in the historic San Juan Saloon building may be the steepest yet. The theater would like to occupy the building--which is leased by the city and has been vacant for almost a year--rent free. But at least two of the City Council's five members seem eager to rent the building out commercially, to a Western clothing store. A decision is to be made Oct. 1.
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September 20, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The South Orange County Community Theater is used to uphill battles, but its struggle to win a permanent home in the historic San Juan Saloon building may be the steepest yet. The theater would like to occupy the building--which is leased by the city and has been vacant for almost a year--rent free. But at least two of the City Council's five members seem eager to rent the building out commercially, to a Western clothing store. A decision is to be made Oct. 1.
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January 21, 1992
Five South County cultural organizations were granted a total of $28,425 by the City Council. The Capistrano Valley Symphony was awarded $15,000, the largest amount of any group. The Arrowhead Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes 13 summer concerts throughout the city, won the second-largest total at $4,200.
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December 28, 1996
The Orange County Public Library system's special events program in January will include programs ranging from dramatic readings to a book signing and a live reptile exhibit. The highlights include: * Jan. 6 to Feb. 6: The Mission Viejo branch sponsors the 7th annual Whale Art contest, open to preschoolers through eighth-graders. Children can submit any art work--from painting and drawing to sculpting and quilting--depicting whales or dolphins. There is no cost to enter the contest.
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November 15, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS, Laura Michaelis is a free-lance writer who contributes to The Times Orange County Edition
The story goes that George Bernard Shaw was introduced by his mistress as "the world famous vegetarian." "And playwright," Shaw grumbled to the crowded room. The anecdote is the opening of "Dear Liar," a play by Jerome Kilty based on the correspondence of Shaw and Mrs. Patrick (Stella) Campbell, the British actress who was his lover of more than three decades. With two recent major stagings of Shaw plays in Orange County, B.J.
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January 13, 1992 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A representative of the South Orange County Community Theater asked the City Council last week to consider allowing use of a closed downtown building as a theater venue. B.J. Scott, a co-founder of the theater troupe, asked the council about the possibility of converting the old Pacific Telephone building on El Camino Real into the theater's home for a March performance. If the council approves, the theater group will also help staff the building as a visitors center, Scott proposed.
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August 2, 1991 | LEN HALL
Vandals attacked the portable set of the South Orange County Community Theater in Bluff Park on Wednesday night or early Thursday, tearing up the wooden platforms and smashing the handmade stage, police reported. "They were hit pretty hard," Sheriff's Lt. Dan Martini said. "It appeared to be wanton vandalism. Whoever it was knocked over portions of the stage and really ripped some things up."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Playwrights once had the luxury of pre-Broadway tryouts. Such tryouts no longer are economically feasible, yet producers consider it economically unsound to back new playwrights and new plays, and audience reaction remains crucial to the development process. What's a new playwright to do?
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March 29, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, it's "comedy tomorrow, tragedy tonight." That could be the motto for the new Comedy Store Playhouse, which will open its doors with the landmark AIDS drama, "As Is." When the Comedy Store took over, refurbished and re-named the former Hollywood Playhouse in 1988, it was announced that the 246-seat theater on Las Palmas would be a forum for comedies and comics' solo shows. "As Is" does not fall into either category.
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July 28, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Trial by Jury" at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. "Two by Two" at the Santa Ana Zoo. "On the High Seas" aboard the tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. There, in a nutshell, are this season's offerings from Orange County Light Opera Co.--and three examples of company president Marti Klein's take on "environmental theater." Think of it as a permanent change of venues.
NEWS
October 18, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All those years working as a newspaper reporter have paid off for Brea author Jackie Hyman. The heroine of Hyman's new Orange County-set suspense-thriller "Echoes" is Laura Bennett, a young reporter who, in investigating the sudden death of a U.S. senator, begins to uncover unexplained phenomena that link his death with other strange events. Indeed, some unusual and sinister things are happening in San Paradiso, Hyman's fictional Orange County town.
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