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April 27, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
People say her work is "quirky, delicate and elusive." The same might be said of playwright Susan Champagne. A 26-year-old gamine with short red hair, a shorter denim skirt and purple hose, Champagne is a longtime member of the Padua Hills Playwright's Festival--whose first entry this year is her "Honeymoon" (at the Actors Center Theatre Wing through May 15). "It's a comic tale about a young woman who's abandoned on her honeymoon," she explained.
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April 27, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
People say her work is "quirky, delicate and elusive." The same might be said of playwright Susan Champagne. A 26-year-old gamine with short red hair, a shorter denim skirt and purple hose, Champagne is a longtime member of the Padua Hills Playwright's Festival--whose first entry this year is her "Honeymoon" (at the Actors Center Theatre Wing through May 15). "It's a comic tale about a young woman who's abandoned on her honeymoon," she explained.
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September 7, 1990 | T.H. McCULLOH
"L.A. and Beyond" is the maiden voyage of a new theater group called Helikon, "emphasizing the female voice," at the Zephyr Theatre with three one-acts. The name is from the birthplace of the Muses, but apparently they weren't invited along. For a first effort the group should have looked for plays with more substance. Worst of the batch is Alice Gerstenberg's "Overtones," a brief, bitchy battle between social rivals and their alter egos.
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June 19, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
The Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, scheduled to begin Monday at Chapman College in Orange, has been canceled, it was announced Thursday. This year's festival would have been the 10th annual edition of the avant-garde workshop. But it would have been the first time the festival was held at Chapman. The cancellation was attributed by artistic director Murray Mednick to "a misunderstanding" with Chapman authorities over how much housing the college would provide free of charge.
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March 8, 1993 | MARGO ROSE-THOMAS and DIANE ROBINSON, Rose-Thomas is on N.O.T.E.'s management board and Robinson is on its artistic board. and
It is tremendously encouraging that Calendar continues to feature articles on small theater in Los Angeles. At the New One-Act Theatre Ensemble, also known as Theater of N.O.T.E., we are both excited by the opportunities Calendar is providing and frustrated with our exclusion, to date, from these opportunities. Feb. 14's article by Barbara Isenberg refers to "a handful of small theaters that do ongoing productions of new work." N.O.T.E.
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April 30, 1993 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Susan Champagne has a knack for ditsy but brainy romantic comedies--very '90s. She's been one of Los Angeles' undersung playwriting talents for years. You'll have to take that on faith, though, because her current outing isn't up to par. "Winter Soldiers," which Champagne also directed, is set backstage at a Democratic presidential primary rally in New England.
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August 1, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
The Padua Hills Playwrights' Festival used to take audiences on a magical mystery tour. Beginning in the afternoon and extending through sunset and into the night, the Padua pilgrims would hike from one evocative outdoor space to another. The plays were often mystifying, but the environment made them seem mysterious. The exercise and the night chill kept the playgoers awake. This year, a radically reduced Padua Hills has moved to the Boyd Street Theatre, a cramped and airless downtown basement.
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May 26, 1995 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Robert Koehler writes frequently about theater for The Times.
David Rabe may not be America's Dante, but his best plays--including his 1972 "In the Boom Boom Room," now in a revival at Ventura Court Theatre--constitute some of the most uncompromising descents into hell the American theater has served up. Two decades have not lessened "Boom Boom's" astringency and moral outrage, and director Richard Kantor's staging isn't trying to dress it up with '90s gloss. To the contrary.
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July 10, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Busy! Busy!" That's Roxanne Rogers' response to life as artistic director of the 11th annual Padua Hills Playwrights' Workshop/Festival, which kicks off performances Thursday at the plaza of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
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July 26, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Padua Hills lives on. After a bumpy start this year (including a previously announced cancellation), the 10th annual Padua Hills Playwrights' Workshop/Festival has touched down at the Boyd St. Theatre, where, beginning Thursday, five new pieces will be performed in repertory. "It feels like a miracle that we've done it--because it's been a struggle every year," offered artistic director Murray Mednick. "Since we left Pomona (College) four years ago, we've had to scramble to find a place.
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August 25, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
We have always been able to paint the Los Angeles Theatre Center's face in all kinds of colors, starting from its former perch on Hollywood's Oxford Avenue. Now the Theatre Center, which already has a Latino Theatre Lab under the direction of Jose Luis Valenzuela, has just put in place two more ethnic workshops: a Black Theatre Artists Workshop, to be spearheaded by actor Shabaka, and an Asian-American Theatre Project, under the guidance of actor Dom Magwili.
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