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October 2, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cal State Fullerton course catalog calls it Theatre 463: Acting III. It's about learning to play the classics--Ibsen, Chekhov, Shakespeare. Maybe they should rename it "From Russia, with tough love." With Svetlana Efremova as their teacher, the dozen seniors in the course are learning, to their delight and occasional discomfort, that in the theater there is no gain without some pain.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cal State Fullerton course catalog calls it Theatre 463: Acting III. It's about learning to play the classics--Ibsen, Chekhov, Shakespeare. Maybe they should rename it "From Russia, with tough love." With Svetlana Efremova as their teacher, the dozen seniors in the course are learning, to their delight and occasional discomfort, that in the theater there is no gain without some pain.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There are a couple of unsolved problems in "Spinning Boris," a pretty good Showtime movie about Russia's 1996 presidential election and the three American "spin doctors" who were clandestinely hired to help the spectacularly low-polling Boris Yeltsin. Just how much these Pete Wilson campaign vets actually had to do with Yeltsin's eventual victory -- sorry to give away the ending -- remains debatable, the subject of ongoing claim and counterclaim.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
As long as hypocrisy thrives, so will Moliere's "Tartuffe." Every age yields incorrigible rascals who profess piety. Still, the current drama in Washington makes this great comedy from 1664 seem especially apt. The audiences attending the staging by David Chambers at South Coast Repertory don't need the resonances spelled out.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A double sense of loss runs through the film version of Janet Fitch's bestselling novel, "White Oleander," a feeling of absence that is partly appropriate and partly not. What's intended is the loss felt by young Astrid Magnussen, suddenly thrust into the maelstrom of a series of disturbing foster homes when her controlling, uncompromising, breathtakingly dangerous mother, Ingrid, is imprisoned for murdering her lover.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
During the Saturday matinee of Jose Rivera's new play "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot," it didn't take long for a fair number of older ticket holders, perhaps made nervous by words like "wet" and "moist" and "juicy" heard outside the context of a cooking show, to vote with their feet. In the smaller of South Coast Repertory's two stages, with the audience seated on three sides of the playing area, it's especially easy to spot The Disgusted Ones, fleeing. What can you say?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
In the 1853 painting "Ophelia," by John Everett Millais, Shakespeare's would-be princess floats dead in her fabled glassy stream. If Effie Ruskin, the neglected and psychologically battered wife of eminent art critic John Ruskin, had remained in her unhappy marriage--instead of finding a new life and real love with Millais--might she have landed in the drink herself, alongside Ophelia?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2000
FULLERTON 8pm Theater Cal State Fullerton has a professional ringer in the lineup for its production of Anton Chekhov's 100-year-old classic "The Three Sisters." Svetlana Efremova, seen earlier this year playing a sexy surrealistic house cat in "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at South Coast Repertory, will play Masha, one of the titular trio of young women pining for their native Moscow while forced to while away their lives in a dull provincial town.
NEWS
March 14, 2004 | Kate O'Hare, Special to The Times
Which is harder: turning a bodybuilder-actor into a governor or an alcoholic into a president? According to political consultant George Gorton, who advised Arnold Schwarzenegger during his recent successful gubernatorial bid in California and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin in his run for reelection, each has its challenges, but only one could get you killed. "Entirely different experiences," Gorton said. "You're dealing with the oligarchs in Russia. It can be frightening.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2002 | JOHN CLARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
TORONTO--The Toronto International Film Festival has been blissfully normal this year--aside from the heat and smog, which have been compared in the local papers to New York's, a city that's been on everybody's mind here. Before the festival started on Sept. 5 (it runs through Saturday ), there was talk that the first anniversary of 9/11 might disrupt or diminish the proceedings, but the events of last year have been more of a murmur, a background noise, in theaters and at parties.
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