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June 11, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everybody goes for a tale of triumph, and "The Miracle Worker" is certainly that. William Gibson's play about Helen Keller and her never-say-die teacher, Annie Sullivan, is about as upbeat as things on stages get. Curmudgeons may blanch at its sentimentality and melodrama, but this popular drama never can be accused of taking a cynical path.
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July 25, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
The South Orange County Community Theatre plans to perform "La Christianita Pageant" next year at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The pageant, last performed in 1988 in San Clemente, is expected to begin next July with a two-week run at its new venue here. The production is a story of California settlement by Spanish missionaries. Bertha Henry Taylor, a member of a committee overseeing the revival of the pageant, said that organizers are optimistic that the shows will be the first of many.
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April 11, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The South Orange County Community Theatre, two years old, has turned to crime. The kind that involves audience feedback. "Murder by the Beach" is one of those dinner-theater productions that invites the audience to play detective. It's the group's first whodunit, following Shakespeare by the sea ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" done last summer in Bluff Park) and, earlier, a drama about AIDS, William Hoffman's "As Is." "We wanted to do something different," explained SOCCT president B.J.
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July 31, 1993 | PAT LAUNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some call it anti-feminist. Most call it lusty, witty and well-crafted. Despite myriad modern protestations, there is definitely sexism in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." But the play is a product of its ironic time: 16th-Century England, when women had few legal rights, were generally denied education or employment, and were considered to be the property of their husbands, who expected them to be thoroughly subservient; all this while a woman (Elizabeth, unmarried) ruled the nation.
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January 27, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Knock the '80s if you must, but at least they gave us "Blue Window." When Craig Lucas' play about lives intersecting and diverging on a Sunday evening appeared at South Coast Repertory almost eight years ago (is it possible?), it clearly was a work blessed with the perfect balance of elegance and modesty, of self-knowing sophistication and self-mockery, of lives lived all too cerebrally and physically.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1993 | PAT LAUNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some call it anti-feminist. Most call it lusty, witty and well-crafted. Despite myriad modern protestations, there is definitely sexism in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." But the play is a product of its ironic time: 16th-Century England, when women had few legal rights, were generally denied education or employment, and were considered to be the property of their husbands, who expected them to be thoroughly subservient; all this while a woman (Elizabeth, unmarried) ruled the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
The South Orange County Community Theatre plans to perform "La Christianita Pageant" next year at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The pageant, last performed in 1988 in San Clemente, is expected to begin next July with a two-week run at its new venue here. The production is a story of California settlement by Spanish missionaries. Bertha Henry Taylor, a member of a committee overseeing the revival of the pageant, said that organizers are optimistic that the shows will be the first of many.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1990 | CORRINE FLOCKEN
More than 1,200 AIDS cases were reported in Orange County last year, according to the county's Health Care Agency. Tens of thousands more, though not afflicted with the disease, suffered all the same. "As Is," a play by William Hoffman, addresses the emotional tug of war between victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the friends and family who must watch them die.
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March 5, 1992 | LEN HALL
South Orange County Community Theatre's three-year search for a home ended Tuesday night as the San Juan Capistrano City Council unanimously approved the lease of a vacated downtown telephone building. The vote allows the troupe to use the space on a year-to-year basis indefinitely, or until the city goes forward with its plan to turn a large portion of the downtown area into a Historic Town Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
South Orange County Community Theatre lost a battle for a permanent home here this week but won some promises from city officials to help with the ongoing search. The theater group, whose sets have been plagued by vandalism during outdoor productions, lost out to a Western-wear store for the right to occupy the historic San Juan Saloon, a 70-year-old former brothel whose lease is owned by the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Knock the '80s if you must, but at least they gave us "Blue Window." When Craig Lucas' play about lives intersecting and diverging on a Sunday evening appeared at South Coast Repertory almost eight years ago (is it possible?), it clearly was a work blessed with the perfect balance of elegance and modesty, of self-knowing sophistication and self-mockery, of lives lived all too cerebrally and physically.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everybody goes for a tale of triumph, and "The Miracle Worker" is certainly that. William Gibson's play about Helen Keller and her never-say-die teacher, Annie Sullivan, is about as upbeat as things on stages get. Curmudgeons may blanch at its sentimentality and melodrama, but this popular drama never can be accused of taking a cynical path.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1992 | LEN HALL
South Orange County Community Theatre's three-year search for a home ended Tuesday night as the San Juan Capistrano City Council unanimously approved the lease of a vacated downtown telephone building. The vote allows the troupe to use the space on a year-to-year basis indefinitely, or until the city goes forward with its plan to turn a large portion of the downtown area into a Historic Town Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1992 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may be a small, long-deserted structure on a side street, but it's home. And for the members of the nomadic South Orange County Community Theatre, the prospect of any permanent facility is reason to celebrate. Tonight, the San Juan Capistrano City Council is expected to approve a deal that would give the troupe use of a former Pacific Bell building downtown for just $1 a year. The group has bounced around among 30 different South County facilities since it was founded three years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
South Orange County Community Theatre lost a battle for a permanent home here this week but won some promises from city officials to help with the ongoing search. The theater group, whose sets have been plagued by vandalism during outdoor productions, lost out to a Western-wear store for the right to occupy the historic San Juan Saloon, a 70-year-old former brothel whose lease is owned by the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1992 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may be a small, long-deserted structure on a side street, but it's home. And for the members of the nomadic South Orange County Community Theatre, the prospect of any permanent facility is reason to celebrate. Tonight, the San Juan Capistrano City Council is expected to approve a deal that would give the troupe use of a former Pacific Bell building downtown for just $1 a year. The group has bounced around among 30 different South County facilities since it was founded three years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The South Orange County Community Theatre, two years old, has turned to crime. The kind that involves audience feedback. "Murder by the Beach" is one of those dinner-theater productions that invites the audience to play detective. It's the group's first whodunit, following Shakespeare by the sea ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" done last summer in Bluff Park) and, earlier, a drama about AIDS, William Hoffman's "As Is." "We wanted to do something different," explained SOCCT president B.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1990 | CORRINE FLOCKEN
More than 1,200 AIDS cases were reported in Orange County last year, according to the county's Health Care Agency. Tens of thousands more, though not afflicted with the disease, suffered all the same. "As Is," a play by William Hoffman, addresses the emotional tug of war between victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the friends and family who must watch them die.
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