December 31, 1989 |
A theater wish list for the '90s: An Orange County playwright who can plumb the cosmic significance of traffic. A theater row consisting of a half-dozen storefront troupes, each of which is staging a play more adventurous than the one next door. A professional resident theater to give South Coast Repertory a run for its money. A new, indoor theater with a capacity of about 400 seats for the Grove Shakespeare Festival. Anybody out there willing to put up a minimum of $10 million as seed money?
September 25, 1991 |
When they started out, they promised: No Neil Simon, no Rodgers & Hammerstein, no Kaufman & Hart. Now, on the eve of their fifth season, which opens Friday with a revival of "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, they can boast that they've kept their promise. More important, they have survived and thrived. And they've done it on the classic plays of Sartre and Beckett, Wilder and Cocteau, Aristophanes and Ibsen, in a small storefront theater tucked away in a tiny industrial mall.
December 31, 1996 |
Patti LuPone will make her debut at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in February, ushering in what promises to be a year of theatrical wealth. Luck too. LuPone's appearance at the center in "Patti LuPone on Broadway" (Feb. 18-23) is a late replacement for "Funny Girl," starring Debbie Gibson, which had been scheduled for the same slot in the center's Broadway Series but was canceled by its producers. The center announced the change Monday.
September 19, 1989 |
The words Orange County theater community come so trippingly off the tongue that it warrants belief, as though there really is some sort of extended family with common interests reaching from Fullerton to San Clemente. In fact, the term is a convenient cliche, a form of wishful thinking and one to which this column pleads guilty. Because for all the theater troupes scattered across the county--and there are literally dozens--they rarely know each other's work, let alone connect with it.
July 15, 1998 |
Just back from "Shakespeare boot camp," as he calls it, Thomas F. Bradac figures he's as ready as he'll ever be for his first major role in roughly two decades: the great comic rogue Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
December 30, 1995
In chronological order: * "Alegria," Cirque du Soleil, South Coast Plaza mall, January. The latest extravaganza from the biggest of all big tops featured 10-year-old contortionists from Mongolia, a Russian who danced in the air with a giant spinning cube, and an international troupe of acrobats who used trampolines, bars, and the trapeze to fly through the air with--you guessed it--the greatest of ease. State-of-the-art circus.
January 6, 1996 |
With a comedy up and running at the Laguna Playhouse and a drama about to open at South Coast Repertory, the new year in theater is already upon us and has the look of a genuine smorgasbord.
December 26, 1989 |
Whatever else the decade of the '80s meant for Orange County, in theater it signified the coming of age of South Coast Repertory. The maturation process for the county's most accomplished troupe--and its only professional resident theater--began in 1978 with the opening of a $3.5-million complex in Costa Mesa and culminated in 1988 with the nation's most coveted theatrical accolade, a Tony Award for distinguished achievement.
September 27, 1996 |
The first preview of Euripedes' "Medea" tonight at Alternative Repertory Theatre ushers in the storefront company's 10th anniversary season. It is a milestone that few observers familiar with Orange County's theater scene would have bet on a decade ago. Even today, with so much hard-won experience behind it, ART's plucky survival seems difficult to believe.
June 1, 1994 |
All three Orange County theater troupes seeking state funding have been given stronger grant recommendations this year than last by a California Arts Council advisory panel. The panel, which met last week in Sacramento, upped the rankings used to determine grant amounts: Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory went from 4-minus to 4 (the top score on a 1-to-4 scale); and Laguna Playhouse and Fullerton Civic Light Opera both went from 3-minus to 3.