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March 10, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
The opening of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday will mark the first time a major theatrical production arrives at the Music Center after playing other prime venues in Los Angeles or Orange counties. "Kiss" occupied Orange County Performing Arts Center from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7, then played Jan. 9-14 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Although it will stay longer at the Ahmanson (through April 21) than at the other two venues, the others seat more people at each performance.
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June 17, 2008 | Greg Braxton
Oscar winner William Hurt will join the cast of FX's "Damages" when the series returns early next year for its second season. Hurt will play a new client of attorney Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). Specifics were not disclosed, but insiders hinted that Hurt's character will have both a professional and personal history with Hewes. The actor, who won the 1985 Academy Award for best actor for "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has appeared in television movies and in guest shots, but his "Damages" stint will mark his first regular role on a TV series.
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March 18, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"Kiss of the Spider Woman," the big Broadway musical about torture and death, opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday night. Adapted by Terrence McNally from Manuel Puig's novel, the show tells the story of an unlikely friendship in a brutal Argentine prison. Valentin (Dorian Harewood) is a revolutionary who learns begrudging respect and love for his seemingly trivial cellmate, a gay window dresser named Molina (Juan Chioran), who in turn learns courage and grace.
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June 23, 2001 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time in her life when most actresses are pushed into the background by Hollywood executives, the 50-year-old siren from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has a cluster of film and television projects that have brought her--if only briefly--back in style. Put another way: Sonia Braga is making it one long, hot summer. In May, she appeared alongside Jennifer Lopez in "Angel Eyes." This month she's the romantic interest of one of the female stars of HBO's "Sex and the City."
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July 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Argentine writer Manuel Puig, who gained international fame for his novel, "Kiss of the Spider Woman," died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 57. Puig, who was suffering complications from gall bladder surgery, had earned a reputation as a leading member of the younger generation of Latin American writers for his novels written in a cinematic, non-narrative style. His works often explored the relationships between his characters' impoverished lives and their rich, if unfulfilled, fantasies.
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January 30, 1987 | ANN MARIE CUNNINGHAM, Cunningham is writer on the arts based in New York
"I don't photograph well," said Argentine novelist Manuel Puig in fluent English. "I always end up looking . . ." and he bugs and rolls his large, dark eyes, imitating a horrific character out of a 1930s B movie. Puig loves those movies, and the plots of two of them, "The Cat People" and "I Walked With a Zombie," form part of his best-known novel, "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
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August 15, 1985 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Gale Sondergaard, a consummate actress whose dramatic skills brought her both the first Academy Award for a supporting film role and a succession of parts as Hollywood's premier woman villain, is dead. She died Wednesday at Motion Picture and Television Hospital, where she had been a patient since 1982. Her death at 86 was attributed to a cerebral vascular thrombosis, which followed a series of strokes.
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May 4, 1993 | LINDA WINER, NEWSDAY
There are many things "Kiss of the Spider Woman" is not, but, first, we need to establish all it most emphatically is. This adaptation of Manuel Puig's 1978 novel, which opened Monday night at the Broadhurst after a notorious false start in a 1990 workshop and a successful London run, happens to be the only grown-up musical of the season that ends officially Wednesday.
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October 28, 1992 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Kiss of the Spider Woman," the Manuel Puig novel that became a play and then an Oscar-winning film, has been rewoven into yet another form, this time a stage musical. And if opening week reviews are a reliable guide, the new incarnation, despite its improbable juxtaposition of show tunes and brutal Latin American prison setting, may prove as successful as its predecessors.
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February 3, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Cast Theater doesn't have anything like the flash of the movie. The set is mostly curtains--not very atmospheric for a prison play. The sound is on tape. The actors are happier in the small moments than the big ones. The scenes outside the prison cell are so awkwardly handled that they hardly exist. But the core of Manuel Puig's play is what happens as a gay man and a straight man settle down to sharing the same few square feet of space.
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December 24, 2000 | G. CABRERA INFANTE, G. Cabrera Infante is the author of numerous books, including "Three Trapped Tigers."
Biographies are not the cup of coffee of Spanish writers. Even the best biographies of their most eminent writer, Miguel de Cervantes, are Anglo-Saxon in origin. Lives of Cervantes have been written mainly by Spanish philosophers, like Miguel de Unamuno and Jose Ortega y Gasset, but they are mere disquisitions and inquisitions about the main characters, the Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance and his squire.
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December 7, 1997 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday "The Story of Magic" / 5 and 9 p.m. A&E. Concludes Tuesday 6 and 10 p.m. In recent weeks, viewers have been overwhelmed with prime-time illusions on the broadcast networks. Now it is cable's turn to get into the magic act. Sleight-of-hand master Ricky Jay hosts the two-part chronicle whose initial installment covers everything from the first "cups and balls" trick to magicians of the 19th century.
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October 2, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Carousel" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," two musicals that appeared at the Ahmanson Theatre, won the most nominations for the 1995-96 Ovation Awards, announced Tuesday by Theatre L.A., the sponsoring organization. "Carousel" took 12 nominations and "Kiss" bagged 10. The Mark Taper Forum's production of Marivaux's "Changes of Heart" won seven nominations--more than any other locally generated show.
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March 18, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"Kiss of the Spider Woman," the big Broadway musical about torture and death, opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday night. Adapted by Terrence McNally from Manuel Puig's novel, the show tells the story of an unlikely friendship in a brutal Argentine prison. Valentin (Dorian Harewood) is a revolutionary who learns begrudging respect and love for his seemingly trivial cellmate, a gay window dresser named Molina (Juan Chioran), who in turn learns courage and grace.
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March 17, 1996 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Lyricist Fred Ebb and composer John Kander were tossing around ideas for a musical to work on when Ebb suggested "Kiss of the Spider Woman." He'd seen Hector Babenco's 1985 film a few years earlier and thought it might have potential. Kander agreed immediately and so did their frequent collaborator, director Harold Prince. No matter that the film, like Manuel Puig's 1979 novel, was set in a Latin American prison and had some very unusual protagonists.
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March 10, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
The opening of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday will mark the first time a major theatrical production arrives at the Music Center after playing other prime venues in Los Angeles or Orange counties. "Kiss" occupied Orange County Performing Arts Center from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7, then played Jan. 9-14 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Although it will stay longer at the Ahmanson (through April 21) than at the other two venues, the others seat more people at each performance.
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December 28, 1995 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Whatever else it may do, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" is the musical that most frankly and seriously addresses the question of why gay men love musical theater. The 1976 novel by Manuel Puig is also about the usefulness of fantasy, but this 1993 adaptation centers on the Broadway brand of musical fantasy and its importance to gay culture.
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January 30, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
Before the movie, but after the novel, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" was a play. The U.S. premiere of that play is scheduled for the Cast Theatre Saturday. Once again, Molina and Valentin--the gay window dresser and the Marxist activist--will fall in love against a background of romantic movie fantasies and the harsh terrain of their mutual Argentine prison cell.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1995
In chronological order: * "Noises Off," UC Irvine, Irvine Barclay Theatre, April. Looked great, sounded great--but, above all, hit the funny bone. * "Brigadoon," Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Plummer Auditorium, May. Lots of charm. See also Lads and Lasses Award. * "Working," Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theater, May. Winning performances by a huge cast. See also Blue Collar Award. * "Venus and Adonis," Shakespeare Orange County, Waltmar Theatre, June. Had everything, including Adonis' lusty steed.
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December 28, 1995 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Whatever else it may do, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" is the musical that most frankly and seriously addresses the question of why gay men love musical theater. The 1976 novel by Manuel Puig is also about the usefulness of fantasy, but this 1993 adaptation centers on the Broadway brand of musical fantasy and its importance to gay culture.
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