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December 28, 1995 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a brief point during adolescence--between her discovery of the Voice-with-a-capital-V and her realization that the Voice was for operatic music--when Dale Kristien wanted to be a rock singer. Which doesn't mean that when Kristien takes the stage at the Alex Theatre on New Year's Eve, anyone is going to mistake her for Chrissie Hynde.
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July 2, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
A Noise Within is, at least for now, without--without a home. After eight years in Glendale, the classical repertory company moved to Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theater last year. The new venue offered a larger capacity and space to expand, plus plenty of modern amenities that were lacking in the former Masonic Temple that used to be the group's home.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1995 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer.
The reception for Ovation Award nominees last Sunday was at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel--the sort of ritzy palace where you might expect the Emmy or the Oscar nominees to be feted. Yet Ovations are L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards. The entire annual budget of L.A.'s home-grown theater scene probably isn't as big as that of "Waterworld."
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March 5, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
For decades, the L.A. theater scene has been divided mostly between the large and the small. A handful of big theaters--such as the Mark Taper Forum and the Pantages, ranging in size from 700 to nearly 3,000 seats--dominate the territory, staging well-endowed productions and maintaining high public profiles. At the same time, more than a hundred professional but tiny theaters, each with fewer than 100 seats, struggle for a chance to be noticed, often operating on a shoestring.
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November 16, 1995 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An interesting experiment is taking place in the Gaslight Alley shopping center in Studio City. It's called a cabaret theater. Theater can pop up anywhere. A number of years ago a play opened in a small town near London, in a pub theater. After a London critic just happened to drop in, he began spreading the word about that play, "The Elephant Man."
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May 20, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS
They did Miami in "Radio Mambo." Then the Latino troupe Culture Clash, three strong and brave and true, went to San Diego to research (and eventually perform) "Bordertown," about the obvious and subtle tensions along that particular stretch of two countries. Starting June 11, "Bordertown" relocates north for a month's worth of performances at the Actors' Gang in Hollywood.
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September 24, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN
"We do have seasons out here," someone once observed when I was complaining about the lack of them, "but they're subtle as hell." That certainly applies to the arts. In New York at this time of year, you know you're at the top of a new theater season. The summer lull is over; the newspaper stories have started to appear about how this is going to be the best (or worst) Broadway season in 20 years; the starters are at the gate. . . . It doesn't work that way in Southern California.
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August 11, 1996 | LYNELL GEORGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's maddening, that feeling, much like a turn through a family album where most of the photos have worked themselves free from the page. What remains? Vacant snapshot-sized windows where the photo once lay. A dogeared confusion bereft of chronology. A sepia wash: Moments so drained of detail, the remnants of image hover like ghosts. These, too, are the tricks of fickle memory.
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March 17, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Revivals took the lion's share of the honors Monday at the 30th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. David Chambers' staging of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at South Coast Repertory took six awards, the most for a single show. A Noise Within, Glendale's classical theater company, won eight honors, the most for a single company, garnering five for Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest" and three for Sam Shepard's "Buried Child."
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May 14, 1996 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Alex Theatre announced its most ambitious programming schedule Monday since the refurbished vaudeville house in Glendale opened at the end of 1993. For its 1996-97 season, the Alex will produce 32 shows--including performances by dance, jazz, classical and pop music artists--in addition to performances by the theater's resident companies. In all, there will be about 200 performances at the Alex next season.
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December 8, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the Road Theatre Company's night Monday at the sixth annual Artistic Director Achievement Awards in the NoHo Arts District. The North Hollywood theater company, which specializes in producing new American plays, took 11 of the 27 awards presented by the Valley Theatre League for outstanding achievement in local theater and tied for a 12th award. The Road Theatre won for best original drama for "Hitler's Head" and for best revival and best ensemble cast for "Tainted Blood."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS
They did Miami in "Radio Mambo." Then the Latino troupe Culture Clash, three strong and brave and true, went to San Diego to research (and eventually perform) "Bordertown," about the obvious and subtle tensions along that particular stretch of two countries. Starting June 11, "Bordertown" relocates north for a month's worth of performances at the Actors' Gang in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Revivals took the lion's share of the honors Monday at the 30th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. David Chambers' staging of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at South Coast Repertory took six awards, the most for a single show. A Noise Within, Glendale's classical theater company, won eight honors, the most for a single company, garnering five for Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest" and three for Sam Shepard's "Buried Child."
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April 26, 1998 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
This weekend marks the inauguration of Gold Coast Plays, a new mid-sized professional theater company in Thousand Oaks. The group is opening with "A Little Night Music," starring former "Phantom of the Opera" star Dale Kristien, Amanda McBroom, George Ball and Fay DeWitt, in a 349-seat thrust stage configuration of the Forum Theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Starting in September, Gold Coast plans to present seasons in a 400-seat proscenium configuration of the Forum.
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January 7, 1998 | ENRIQUE LAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The star quarterback of the high school football team enters the coach's office determined to get something off his chest. "Coach, I really trust you. . . ," the young athlete begins. "What is it?" "Coach, I think I'm gay, and I have a crush on you," the young man says, eyes focused on his nervous hands. The coach leans back in his chair, raises his eyebrows. "Hey, well, you know . . . I'm OK with that." Coach gives an understanding smile. "Great!"
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January 16, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One side of the marquee reads "Hilarious Comedy." The other, "Great Family Shows." More than just an advertisement, that marquee is a tidy history of the Glendale Centre Theatre. When Nathan and Ruth Hale opened a 90-seat theater on Colorado Street in 1947, they had no idea they were setting the stage for generations to come.
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December 8, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the Road Theatre Company's night Monday at the sixth annual Artistic Director Achievement Awards in the NoHo Arts District. The North Hollywood theater company, which specializes in producing new American plays, took 11 of the 27 awards presented by the Valley Theatre League for outstanding achievement in local theater and tied for a 12th award. The Road Theatre won for best original drama for "Hitler's Head" and for best revival and best ensemble cast for "Tainted Blood."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
A Noise Within is, at least for now, without--without a home. After eight years in Glendale, the classical repertory company moved to Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theater last year. The new venue offered a larger capacity and space to expand, plus plenty of modern amenities that were lacking in the former Masonic Temple that used to be the group's home.
NEWS
August 11, 1996 | LYNELL GEORGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's maddening, that feeling, much like a turn through a family album where most of the photos have worked themselves free from the page. What remains? Vacant snapshot-sized windows where the photo once lay. A dogeared confusion bereft of chronology. A sepia wash: Moments so drained of detail, the remnants of image hover like ghosts. These, too, are the tricks of fickle memory.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1996 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Alex Theatre announced its most ambitious programming schedule Monday since the refurbished vaudeville house in Glendale opened at the end of 1993. For its 1996-97 season, the Alex will produce 32 shows--including performances by dance, jazz, classical and pop music artists--in addition to performances by the theater's resident companies. In all, there will be about 200 performances at the Alex next season.
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