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September 10, 2012 | By David Ng
Beau Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award from Theatre West at its 50th anniversary gala celebration this week in Hollywood. Bridges will receive the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. The actor is expected to receive  tributes from his "Norma Rae" costar Sally Field and from TV producer Norman Lear. The award is named after the late actress who helped to found the theater company. Bridges appeared in a number of Theatre West productions, including 2010's "Acting -- The First Six Lessons," in which he costarred alongside his daughter, Emily.
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March 13, 2014 | Matt Cooper
"Is There Sex After Marriage?" That is the question at Two Roads Theater. Also, Shakespearean characters take part in "Classic Couples Counseling" at the Secret Rose, and you-know-who has got some 'splaining to do in "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage" at Segerstrom Center. Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid: Live! Family-friendly show featuring characters from the PBS series. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sunday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $13.50-$20.
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September 24, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Deep within the state budget, in the parks and recreation section, is a list of local recreation projects that are receiving grants this year. In between amounts for the restorations of Mission San Jose and the Manzanar War Relocation Center is an allocation for Theatre West. The Cahuenga Pass company is the only professional theater on the list, which includes more than 200 grants.
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November 21, 2013 | Matt Cooper
The new play "God's Gypsy" celebrates the life and times of Teresa of Avila, love is in the air in "Parfumerie," and "The Secret Garden" blooms in Anaheim. Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show Sketch-comedy musical for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sunday, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. $8-$12. (562) 944-9801. Parfumerie Adaptation of the retail-set, holiday-themed romantic comedy that was the basis for the films “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You've Got Mail.” The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.
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June 15, 2001
A memorial service for veteran stage and screen actress and longtime Theatre West member Anne Haney will be held at the theater Saturday at 4 p.m. Theatre West is at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. in L.A., between Universal CityWalk and the Hollywood Bowl. There is free parking across the street. (323) 851-4839.
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August 8, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Theatre West has long occupied a somewhat elusive niche in L.A. theater. On the north end of Cahuenga Pass, it's often grouped with San Fernando Valley theaters, but its area code (323) and ZIP Code (90068) say "Hollywood." It has 162 seats, which qualifies it as mid-size, but it's seldom listed as one of L.A.'s mid-size theaters, for its production history--except as a venue for children's plays--has been erratic. The company's profile is about to rise, however.
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February 12, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The second production of Theatre West Youth Theatre's inaugural season is an inspired choice: poet James Dickey's rich epic for children, "Bronwen, the Traw and the Shape-Shifter."
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November 23, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Blast Off! A Musical Mission to Mars" is a definite hit with theatergoers 6 and younger, but one message it sends out is thoughtlessly pre- glasnost . This well-meaning Storybook Theatre production at Theatre West, staged by Lloyd J. Schwartz (he also wrote the book and lyrics), features audience participation, perky music by Ben Lanzarone and does make a valid point: "Different is OK."
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August 22, 1986 | DON SHIRLEY
The characters in Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July" embody the day-after angst of the '70s a shade too neatly. Yet their struggles become surprisingly affecting by the end of the play. The initial pattern of Wilson's story is obvious, but he works wonders with it. Except for a few swallowed lines in Act I, Wilson's play is unblemished in James D. Pasternak's staging at Theatre West. Much of the effect is achieved through underplaying.
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May 4, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
First produced in the late 1970s, "Working" is Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso's musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's best-selling oral history about the American work force. As evidenced by the Colony Studio Theatre Playhouse's capable but shopworn production a year ago, the show has not aged gracefully. Now, by interspersing snippets from Terkel's more recent book "The Great Divide," Theatre West attempts to drag this musical into the '90s.
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October 24, 2013 | Matt Cooper
Brechtian bad boys the Tiger Lillies descend on REDCAT, Isabella Rossellini brings "Green Porno" to the Luckman and Musical Theatre West stages "Young Frankenstein: The Musical. " Community Day Celebration New venue holds a family-friendly open house with guided tours, live entertainment, etc. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free. Golden Dragon Acrobats The Chinese acrobatic troupe performs.
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August 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Lee Meriwether never had any intention of becoming a beauty queen. But thanks to a fraternity at the City College of San Francisco, she became not only Miss San Francisco, but later Miss California and finally Miss America in 1955. Meriwether was a sorority sister and a radio and TV/theater arts major at the college when she learned she'd been nominated to be a contestant in the Miss San Francisco beauty pageant. The nomination had been anonymous; it took Meriwether seven years to learn it was the African American fraternity that had suggested her for the beauty pageant.
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May 28, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
“What else is there for a woman but l'amour ?” wistfully muses a character in Clare Boothe Luce's “The Women,” in a good-humored revival at Theatre West. “Well, there's a little corn whiskey left,” retorts another.  Luce's waspish dialogue, which relentlessly punctures the self-delusions of her delightfully and variously odious women, may account for the perpetual popularity of her 1936 play (and the 1939 George Cukor film based on it, which stars a Who's Who of 1930s actresses: Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard - you name her, she's in it)
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November 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
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September 10, 2012 | By David Ng
Beau Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award from Theatre West at its 50th anniversary gala celebration this week in Hollywood. Bridges will receive the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. The actor is expected to receive  tributes from his "Norma Rae" costar Sally Field and from TV producer Norman Lear. The award is named after the late actress who helped to found the theater company. Bridges appeared in a number of Theatre West productions, including 2010's "Acting -- The First Six Lessons," in which he costarred alongside his daughter, Emily.
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November 22, 2009
Kids' Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The L.A. premiere of the hit holiday musical fable stars John Larroquette as Old Max and Stefan Karl as the Grinch. See www.ticketmaster.com for schedule exceptions. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today, 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. $23-$90. (323) 468-1770. (213) 480-3232.
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January 24, 1992 | JANICE ARKATOV
Dayton Callie can't exactly call theater his first love. "I've had around 60 jobs," said the actor-playwright, whose relationship comedy "Survival of the Heart" premieres tonight at Theatre West in Studio City, kicking off the theater's 30th season. "I've been a bartender and waiter, worked in a mothball factory, sold cigarettes, polished ashtrays, worked at a racetrack, drove trucks, sold macaroni, been a rug shampooer, a candy distributor and worked on a bread truck.
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August 26, 1994 | JANICE ARKATOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Janice Arkatov writes regularly about theater for The Times
If you like your humor in large doses, Yarmy's Army has just the cure for you. This weekend, the all- star group of comedy performers, writers, directors and producers is presenting "An Evening of Laffs . . . " at Theatre West as a two-night benefit for the theater and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The corps grew out of an informal series of restaurant get-togethers established by the late comic actor Dick Yarmy after he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
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October 11, 2009
'Cinderella' ballet: A dance listing last Sunday incorrectly said that "Cinderella -- A Rock 'n' Romance Ballet" is being produced at Theatre West. It is being staged at El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood; (818) 508-4200.
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