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April 9, 1999 | PHILIP BRANDES
Where all too many theatrical presentations simply pay lip service to multidisciplinary art forms, writer-director-composer-designer-comparative mythologist Stephen Legawiec does something meaningful with them. Legawiec's Ziggurat Theatre (formerly the Gilgamesh Theatre) has garnered well-deserved acclaim for its evocative weaving of disparate elements into rich, expertly staged explorations of the human psyche.
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March 21, 2008 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Commedia dell'arte fans, rejoice: "Fafalo!," the latest myth-making project from Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, deftly marries the genre's freewheeling spirit and physicalized performance style with inventive scripting, masks and costumes, and large-scale puppets. The result is a visually dazzling, utterly charming tour de force.
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March 13, 1997 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I was reading this book about archeology. . . ." So begins creator-director Stephen Legawiec's casual introduction to "Ninshaba" at Glaxa Studios. A more literate and personalized opening than "Once upon a time," perhaps, but it ushers us into a theatrical world every bit as fanciful and imaginative as any fairy tale. With an innovative mix of narrative, mime, dance and costuming, Gilgamesh Theatre company makes an obscure Near East myth into something inviting and familiar.
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May 5, 2002 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Philosophers from Plato to Paglia have long acknowledged that myth is society's building block, the barometer of a common world culture extending back to the cave. But just what place does myth have in Hollywood, where the high concept is king and humanistic considerations commonly yield to the youth demographic? That's an issue Stephen Legawiec, founder and artistic director of the Ziggurat Theatre, has set out to address, one production at a time.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2008 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Commedia dell'arte fans, rejoice: "Fafalo!," the latest myth-making project from Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, deftly marries the genre's freewheeling spirit and physicalized performance style with inventive scripting, masks and costumes, and large-scale puppets. The result is a visually dazzling, utterly charming tour de force.
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May 5, 2002 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Philosophers from Plato to Paglia have long acknowledged that myth is society's building block, the barometer of a common world culture extending back to the cave. But just what place does myth have in Hollywood, where the high concept is king and humanistic considerations commonly yield to the youth demographic? That's an issue Stephen Legawiec, founder and artistic director of the Ziggurat Theatre, has set out to address, one production at a time.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1999
* "Cabaret"--Dick Latessa and Barbara Andres, above, are among the cast in the Kander and Ebb musical about decadence in late 1920s Berlin, playing at the Wilshire Theatre. * "Chomolungma (The Mountain)"--Stephen Legawiec's new play about seven adventurers trying to scale the world's greatest mountain opens Friday at Gascon Center in Culver City.
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June 6, 2002
Red Thread (Gascon Center Theatre, 8737 Washington Blvd., Culver City, [310] 842-5737). Jenny Woo, above, stars as a hired assassin whose new Buddhist beliefs conflict with her violent trade in Stephen Legawiec's adaptation of a centuries-old story set during China's Tang dynasty. "Replete with graceful martial arts and music, this is a remarkably accessible yarn from one of L.A. theater's most adventurous talents" (Don Shirley). Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Ends June 16. $15-$20.
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February 4, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"Red Thread," Stephen Legawiec's martial arts-infused drama set in ancient China and produced for Ziggurat Theatre at the little Gascon Center Theatre in Culver City, won seven nominations -- more than any other show -- for the annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards, the circle announced Monday. The runner-up, with six nominations, was South Coast Repertory's lavish production of Shaw's "Major Barbara."
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March 6, 1998 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Founded in 1996, the fledgling Gilgamesh Theatre shows an impressively mature grasp of stagecraft in "Hammergirl," at Glaxa. Derived from Norse legends, the play is largely the brainchild of Gilgamesh's co-founder Stephen Legawiec, who not only directs this production but also contributes most of the haunting original music, performed by mandolinist Bob Applebaum, that punctuates the action.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1999 | PHILIP BRANDES
Where all too many theatrical presentations simply pay lip service to multidisciplinary art forms, writer-director-composer-designer-comparative mythologist Stephen Legawiec does something meaningful with them. Legawiec's Ziggurat Theatre (formerly the Gilgamesh Theatre) has garnered well-deserved acclaim for its evocative weaving of disparate elements into rich, expertly staged explorations of the human psyche.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1997 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I was reading this book about archeology. . . ." So begins creator-director Stephen Legawiec's casual introduction to "Ninshaba" at Glaxa Studios. A more literate and personalized opening than "Once upon a time," perhaps, but it ushers us into a theatrical world every bit as fanciful and imaginative as any fairy tale. With an innovative mix of narrative, mime, dance and costuming, Gilgamesh Theatre company makes an obscure Near East myth into something inviting and familiar.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2000
* Theater. International City Theatre's production of "Loot," Joe Orton's dark comedy about death, religion, money and the police, opens Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. at Center Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, playing Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 24. $25-$35; opening night, $40-$60. (562) 436-4610. * Theater. Stephen Legawiec's critically acclaimed one-woman play, "29 Views of Hwang Chin-I," starring Jenny Woo, opens Sept.
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October 1, 1998 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The world of faith healers and religious rituals is far removed from most people's lives, and in Stephen Legawiec's intriguing one-hour drama "The Cure," the unintelligible, foreign-sounding language that dominates the dialogue builds another barrier. In less skillful hands, this might prove alienating, but here it enriches the mystical qualities of the presentation.
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