April 25, 1998 |
If Sandy Wilson's lighter-than-air musical "The Boy Friend" is in the hands of stylists who thrive on the superficial--like Ken Russell or Tommy Tune--it's sweet, piquant and bubbly. Layered with enough glitz and glamour, "The Boy Friend" is even date-worthy. Yet produced on a shoestring, as it is in this revival at La Habra Depot Theatre, "The Boy Friend" seems silly.
October 20, 1994 |
The curtain has closed on the city's Theatre Commission. In an attempt to reduce the city's annual subsidy to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, about $500,000 after the 1993-94 season, the City Council recently dissolved the five-member advisory committee. The council meets weekly and can handle theater business in a more timely fashion than did the commission, which met once a month, City Manager Gary Sloan said.
February 2, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- To protect the Atlantic Theater Company's budget against the turbulent U.S. economy, Managing Director Andrew Hamingson has asked some board members to write donation checks earlier than they planned. The Manhattan theater that produced last year's Broadway hit "Spring Awakening" isn't having cash flow problems, but Hamingson said in a phone interview that he is being vigilant in case gifts decline in number or are delayed.
January 17, 1985
The City Council has authorized $10,000 in funds and services for the Community Theater Program, now in its fourth year of operation. The appropriation--down $16,0000 from last year's theater budget of $26,000--includes $5,000 in direct funding to the program and $5,000 in publicity services and personnel, said Gus Velasco, assistant city manager for community services. City staff members will help raise corporate funds for the program, he said.
May 27, 1993 |
A cynic might note that Bernard Slade is trying to inoculate himself against criticism of his three-act "Romantic Comedy" by dramatizing how difficult it is to write a funny play. If it's this tough, then please, cut the poor man some slack. Watching the 1983 Arthur Hiller-Dudley Moore film version, this cynic certainly felt that this was Slade's game, a distraction, perhaps, from the thin goods on screen.
August 4, 1999 |
Until the Royal Shakespeare Company enlisted John Kane earlier this decade to adapt "The Wizard of Oz," it was a strange phenomenon that one of the best musicals ever written, care of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist-writer E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, wasn't done onstage. (And, no, "The Wiz," that other stage version of the L. Frank Baum classic, is no substitute.) Now "Oz" is regularly onstage, yet you have to wonder whether this constitutes progress.