July 5, 2012 |
"Blackbird," Scottish playwright David Harrower's daring two-hander about a young woman who confronts the older man who sexually abused her as a girl, gave Rogue Machine one of its most memorable hits last summer. Would you believe that it was something of a miracle that this highly respected little company was even allowed to produce the play, especially after it became a succès d'estime off-Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production starring Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill?
June 29, 1986 |
Technically, the movie projectionists' union is still on strike against West Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatre Corp. But as the walkout stretches into its second year, the visible signs of a labor dispute have virtually disappeared. It has been more than a month since Landmark won a National Labor Relations Board ruling that prohibits the projectionists from picketing the Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas at the Westside Pavilion.
July 4, 1999 |
Three years ago, when August Wilson created a sensation by condemning colorblind casting, he did it within a speech to the national conference of the Theatre Communications Group, the primary service and advocacy organization for nonprofit theaters. So theater observers wondered if the organization's next conference, held here in late June, might stir up a similar storm. It didn't.
October 26, 1987
Bringing the excitement of live opera performance into the classroom is a little like trying to give the full flavor of a circus with only a pair of clowns and a bag of peanuts. Scaling down this extravagant, sophisticated art form, yet retaining its essence, is the primary challenge to stage director and actor, William Roesch. Roesch, San Diego Opera's education director, wants to erase the usual operatic stereotypes.
July 9, 1994 |
Quiet Zone Theatre, an amateur troupe catering to the deaf and hard of hearing, will present magic acts, mime, skits and lip-synced songs on its seventh annual benefit program tonight at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Everything will be presented in sign language, but charter member Joshua Vecchione assures that a "voice interpreter" will translate for those who don't understand the hand signals.
February 5, 1995 |
One of Antonin Artaud's more enduring legacies to the modern actor was his urging, in effect, to reach through fire for a performance. For the deaf actor, the reverse is true: A performance has to be sculpted out of the ice of silence. Up until relatively recently, it was impossible for any deaf actor to navigate a major stage role without benefit of a hearing aid or some other translating device for a medium that is, after all, based on words.
September 8, 1991 |
Until about 30 years ago, a score of traveling theater troupes toured small Irish towns and villages. Typically headed up by a flamboyant actor-manager, these troupes would stop in a particular village--like this one hard by the Ulster border--for a week at a time, pitch a tent on the edge of town and perform their repertoire. The actors might have seen a new film in a larger town or city, and would re-enact it for the villagers who lived in areas too remote for moviegoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1995 |
Like a troupe of wandering players, Thousand Oaks performing arts groups roam the Conejo Valley looking for places to hang up their costumes and instruments. But this bohemian lifestyle is not by choice. With the new $64-million Civic Arts Plaza and Performing Arts Center looming in the middle of town, some of these groups are wondering why they have not been given even a sliver of its beige splendor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1992 |
A small theatrical troupe in North Hollywood on Thursday took a significant step toward establishing the first major live theater complex in the San Fernando Valley in decades. Actors Alley received approval for $250,000 in grants and loans from the Community Redevelopment Agency to begin renovating the venerable El Portal theater in North Hollywood. The funds will be used to temporarily divide the now-dark theater into 199- and 99-seat spaces to open in the spring.
July 19, 1992 |
You don't have to know chapter and verse of author Susan Faludi's popular book "Backlash" to see that women's rights are still under siege. But feminism in the arts--where race has become the granting category of choice--isn't as easy a sell these days. "It's so hard in the arts to have women's voices heard that we need to segregate ourselves for empowerment," Katie Goodman says. "There needs to be a safe forum. There already is the men's theater festival. That's what the whole world is."