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February 18, 1995 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company's first season since 1992 continues with the Southern California premiere of "Unquestioned Integrity," a first play by San Francisco Magic Theatre artistic director Mame Hunt, which draws dialogue from transcripts of Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation battles with Anita Hill. It runs March 9 to April 2.
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November 29, 2000 | DAN BENNETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During rehearsal breaks, actors in the theater are known to step away for some soul searching. Some conjure so much angst and self-doubt, they metaphorically climb the walls. At recent rehearsals of "A Christmas Carol," though, actors at the San Diego Repertory Theatre used their rehearsal breaks to climb the walls . . . literally. "Circus people are different," said Mike Genovese, the veteran character actor who plays Scrooge in the 25th anniversary production at the Rep.
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March 4, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Old Globe Theatre will premiere Neil Simon's latest comedy, "Jake's Women," on Thursday. The inevitable questions follow: Is Simon's story about a man and the women in his life--dead wife, current wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter, therapist--semi-autobiographical? Probably. Simon, whose best work is often semi-autobiographical, seems permanently surrounded by a constellation of women. Is the show going to Broadway after its debut here? Are you kidding?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1995 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company's first season since 1992 continues with the Southern California premiere of "Unquestioned Integrity," a first play by San Francisco Magic Theatre artistic director Mame Hunt, which draws dialogue from transcripts of Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation battles with Anita Hill. It runs March 9 to April 2.
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February 5, 1987 | MIKE GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
When a theater is not in use, it is said to be dark. By that definition, San Diego sometimes seems on the verge of a total eclipse. Ever wonder why the nation's eighth largest city has so many large theaters lying dormant, their shabby marquees hanging limp and bare on desolate streets? The Balboa Theater is the most infamous of this brigade, but it is hardly alone, even as it sits incongruously amid the glitter of Horton Plaza. The Balboa, at least, summons attention.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
Don Victor is a funny man. He would be funnier, one suspects, if he would relax and just let the fun flow. "Picture Postcard," Victor's most ambitious piece yet, at Sushi Performance Gallery through July 22, has evolved since being commissioned for this year's Neofest. It began as a series of characters in a small town.
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May 30, 1994 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After decades of staging wrenching works by African American playwrights, the Southeast Community Theatre is now having fun with the black American experience in "Spooks." This one-act, 72-minute comedy by Don Evans, which runs through Sunday in the Lyceum Space, is a clever, amusing piffle based on the comic premise that it's funny when a know-it-all finds out he doesn't know everything after all.
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December 5, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 17 years, the San Diego Repertory Theatre has been putting a fresh set of clothes on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Six years ago, the company went for a classical fit--going for a faithful Victorian rendering. In more recent years, there has been a socially challenging fit, with Dickens' poor being recast as today's homeless. Some years--like last year--it has just been plain puzzling without an obvious centralizing idea. This year, the clothes are inspired.
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December 2, 1992 | KENNETH HERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just because the San Diego Repertory Theatre is staging Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as a gospel musical doesn't mean the local company has descended into trendy updating. Peter Sellars set Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in an East Coast diner, and a recent New York City Opera production of "La Traviata" changed the heroine's fatal malady from consumption to AIDS. But Rep producing director Sam Woodhouse believes Dickens' Victorian tale and African-American gospel music were made for each other.
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December 6, 1993 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Have you heard the voices of "A Christmas Carol" too many times? Do you want to cringe when violins mix with the rustle of starched Victorian dresses under the soft sprinkle of artificial snow? Forget the quaint picture postcards. The San Diego Repertory Theatre has dusted off the Dickens classic and unleashed the powerful passion of its message in a new gospel version at San Diego's downtown Lyceum Stage through Dec. 26.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1994 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After decades of staging wrenching works by African American playwrights, the Southeast Community Theatre is now having fun with the black American experience in "Spooks." This one-act, 72-minute comedy by Don Evans, which runs through Sunday in the Lyceum Space, is a clever, amusing piffle based on the comic premise that it's funny when a know-it-all finds out he doesn't know everything after all.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1993 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Have you heard the voices of "A Christmas Carol" too many times? Do you want to cringe when violins mix with the rustle of starched Victorian dresses under the soft sprinkle of artificial snow? Forget the quaint picture postcards. The San Diego Repertory Theatre has dusted off the Dickens classic and unleashed the powerful passion of its message in a new gospel version at San Diego's downtown Lyceum Stage through Dec. 26.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
There is a story at the top of the second half of "The Dybbuk" at the San Diego Repertory Theatre that describes a tightrope walker's high-wire feat spanning a river. If only, concludes the rabbi who tells it, if only people would put as much effort in developing their souls as they do their soles. In every way, this is the message locked in S. Ansky's undimmed turn-of-the-century classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 17 years, the San Diego Repertory Theatre has been putting a fresh set of clothes on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Six years ago, the company went for a classical fit--going for a faithful Victorian rendering. In more recent years, there has been a socially challenging fit, with Dickens' poor being recast as today's homeless. Some years--like last year--it has just been plain puzzling without an obvious centralizing idea. This year, the clothes are inspired.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1992 | KENNETH HERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just because the San Diego Repertory Theatre is staging Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as a gospel musical doesn't mean the local company has descended into trendy updating. Peter Sellars set Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in an East Coast diner, and a recent New York City Opera production of "La Traviata" changed the heroine's fatal malady from consumption to AIDS. But Rep producing director Sam Woodhouse believes Dickens' Victorian tale and African-American gospel music were made for each other.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1991 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When cooking up fund-raising benefits, many theaters follow the same recipe: Whisk together a handful of big-name stars, toss them on stage, stir up some philanthropic feelings among patrons, add some steep ticket prices and maybe a catered meal and-- voila! --revenue is served. In organizing Saturday's Sushi Performance Gala at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza, Sushi founder-director Lynn Schuette has deviated slightly from the directions.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1991 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When cooking up fund-raising benefits, many theaters follow the same recipe: Whisk together a handful of big-name stars, toss them on stage, stir up some philanthropic feelings among patrons, add some steep ticket prices and maybe a catered meal and-- voila! --revenue is served. In organizing Saturday's Sushi Performance Gala at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza, Sushi founder-director Lynn Schuette has deviated slightly from the directions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
There is a story at the top of the second half of "The Dybbuk" at the San Diego Repertory Theatre that describes a tightrope walker's high-wire feat spanning a river. If only, concludes the rabbi who tells it, if only people would put as much effort in developing their souls as they do their soles. In every way, this is the message locked in S. Ansky's undimmed turn-of-the-century classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Old Globe Theatre will premiere Neil Simon's latest comedy, "Jake's Women," on Thursday. The inevitable questions follow: Is Simon's story about a man and the women in his life--dead wife, current wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter, therapist--semi-autobiographical? Probably. Simon, whose best work is often semi-autobiographical, seems permanently surrounded by a constellation of women. Is the show going to Broadway after its debut here? Are you kidding?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
Don Victor is a funny man. He would be funnier, one suspects, if he would relax and just let the fun flow. "Picture Postcard," Victor's most ambitious piece yet, at Sushi Performance Gallery through July 22, has evolved since being commissioned for this year's Neofest. It began as a series of characters in a small town.
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