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July 20, 2003
In a letter (July 13) in The Times regarding Ed Waterstreet, Deaf West Theatre's artistic director, stepping in for an injured actor in previews of Deaf West's co-production of "Big River" at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, Preston Neal Jones asks, "Why had there been no understudy under contract and rehearsed to go on?" His question is valid and I can provide information in response. In fact, there was an understudy under contract, but since the injury to the actor happened during the second preview performance, the understudy had not yet been rehearsed in the various roles performed by the injured actor.
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November 24, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
In decorating the goaltending mask he would wear after he was traded to the Kings, Ben Scrivens wanted to be creative but represent his new team. He didn't have a catchy nickname to highlight, like Curtis Joseph's "Cujo" or Felix "The Cat" Potvin, and he wanted to avoid the obvious - a crown. "All my masks I'm wearing have a King theme," Scrivens said. "But sometimes it's difficult to come up with unique ideas that haven't been done before. " Scrivens, who graduated from Cornell in 2010 with a degree in hotel management, had two quotations from Shakespeare imprinted on the mask.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Lip-syncing has come to the opera. English National Opera singer Clive Bayley was midway through the first act of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" when he started losing his voice. Searching for a stand-in, the show's directors grabbed understudy Paul Whelan from his seat in the audience. He had no time to change into costume and hadn't rehearsed the part onstage. Instead, he sang from the side of the stage while Bayley mouthed the words of the tutor, Raimondo, during Saturday's performance in London.
SPORTS
August 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
People never tire of making the comparison. Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo accepts it. It's Colin Kaepernick this and Colin Kaepernick that. Even Fajardo can get caught up in stories about the former Wolf Pack star. Hours before Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers took the field for last season's Super Bowl, Fajardo fired off a text message to his predecessor. "I just said, 'Congrats, good luck,' " Fajardo said. "A few minutes later, he sent back, 'Thanks, Cody.' This was one of the biggest days in his life and he took the time to respond.
OPINION
March 30, 2012
The play's the thing Re " Playing role of patience ," Column One, March 23 I thoroughly enjoyed the article about the life of a theatrical understudy. I've been working in the film and television industry for the last 35 years - not as an actor but as a set lighting technician - and in that time have developed a profound respect for those who suffer the trials and tribulations of the acting life. Some actors can be a pain, of course - a diva is a diva, male or female - but I've found most actors to be amazing, interesting people.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1989
At the Music Center "opera" March 4 I saw an astonishing spectacle. Chris Merritt, Argirio in "Tancredi," had laryngitis. In most of the civilized music world, one might have thought he would be replaced by an understudy. In L.A. opera I've come to expect the unexpected but I still was not prepared for what happened. Merritt was "semi-replaced." While a stand-in sang, Merritt lip-synced the words! (He croaked his way through the recitatives.) Stand-in Stephen Gould sang from one end of the stage as he read the score.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Actor Stacy Keach suffered a "very mild stroke" that resulted in "no impairment whatsoever" to his speech or his ability to move, according to a statement from his media representatives. He remained hospitalized Wednesday for a second day "for observation and routine precautionary procedures" at an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital, the announcement says. Keach, 67, is starring as Richard Nixon in the touring production of "Frost/Nixon." The show's producers said they "look forward to his speedy recovery and to his return to the show as soon as he is able."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1987 | EILEEN SONDAK
"A Chorus Line" taught us how tough it is to get into the ensemble of a Broadway show. But according to Kimberly Kalember, a San Diego-born performer who got her big break in the national company of "Me and My Girl," getting through a grueling cattle call audition is only the beginning. "Unless you're exceedingly lucky, it doesn't end there.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Frank Langella became ill during a matinee performance of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" last Thursday. He had to be replaced for the remainder of the afternoon and for that evening's performance by an understudy. Normally, such an item is of only routine interest. What made the Ahmanson incident different is that understudy John Castellanos was apparently not ready.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
For two years, Don Amendolia has been suffering from what he calls "interruptus." In March, 1987, he was on Broadway, stepping high in Richard Harris' "Stepping Out," when the producers abruptly pulled the plug. "Of all the shows I've done, this was the hardest: hardest to stage, hardest to rehearse. But our souls were in that piece. It's not just the script. It's the people you're working with, the room you're rehearsing in. So it was a stunning thing when we closed." Amendolia will get another chance at "Stepping Out" on Sunday, when it opens at the Pasadena Playhouse--with him on board as co-star and director.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Audiences who attended Sunday's performance of "Tribes," Nina Raine's play currently running at the Mark Taper Forum, were able to witness a rare bit of understudy musical chairs. Center Theatre Group said actress Gayle Rankin, who played the the role of Ruth, had to leave the production for a different project. As a result, Meghan Mae O'Neill, the original understudy for the roles of Ruth and Sylvia, took over the part of Ruth. To fill the role of understudy for Ruth, CTG said it brought in another actress, Sherill Turner.
OPINION
March 30, 2012
The play's the thing Re " Playing role of patience ," Column One, March 23 I thoroughly enjoyed the article about the life of a theatrical understudy. I've been working in the film and television industry for the last 35 years - not as an actor but as a set lighting technician - and in that time have developed a profound respect for those who suffer the trials and tribulations of the acting life. Some actors can be a pain, of course - a diva is a diva, male or female - but I've found most actors to be amazing, interesting people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
The office buildings of downtown Los Angeles shield the sun as Christopher Fairbanks whips his '97 BMW through traffic. He's spent the afternoon with his drama students and has no time to waste if he hopes to get to the Geffen Playhouse a half-hour before curtain. As he swings north onto the Hollywood Freeway, he starts working his lines, an opening monologue with a touch of Southern drawl. His character, a dentist, is on the phone to mother, soon having to explain why he's not working.
SPORTS
August 19, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Max Wittek and Cody Kessler knew what they were getting into when they graduated early from high school last year so they could begin their USC careers. It gave them an opportunity to show their skills and maturity during spring practice. And after two weeks of training camp, the freshmen are considered to be running even in a competition to become the Trojans' starting quarterback. In 2012 or '13. Matt Barkley is expected to be under center Sept. 3 when USC opens against Minnesota at the Coliseum.
SPORTS
January 23, 2010 | Sam Farmer
Who's going to make it to the Super Bowl? Keep an eye on the over/unders. That's the overachieving understudies, and each of the four teams in Sunday's conference championship games has at least two of them. They are the unheralded players who have ably stepped into key roles to help their teams -- New Orleans, Minnesota, Indianapolis and the New York Jets -- get to this point. A look at some of the no-names who've got game: Jets SHONN GREENE, running back: Greene, a rookie from Iowa, expected to spend this season learning behind veterans Leon Washington and Thomas Jones.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2009
'Wicked' challenge is met An understudy who was getting a chance to play the green witch Elphaba in a touring production of "Wicked" didn't let screaming and swearing in the audience ruin her performance in Cleveland this week. The show's tour manager, Steve Quinn, said a drunken brawl broke out at the performance Tuesday night. Understudy Kaye Clark was on stage during one of the show's quietest moments when the scuffle started. Clark broke into the song "I'm Not That Girl" and kept on singing even as police handcuffed and removed a screaming woman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1995
As the number of Orange County employees continue to be reduced, so should the five-member Board of Supervisors. Gaddi H. Vasquez is one away. And next election Stanton's position should fall under attrition--reduction-in-force (RIP . . . er . . . RIF). And in the following election, only one should be elected, and change the title to Officer-in-Charge. SAM CASTELO Irvine In the matter of designating a replacement for resigned Orange County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez, we call upon Gov. Pete Wilson to take the moral high road by appointing the best person qualified to help lead the county out of its current problems and steer it successfully into the next century, unfettered by concerns of state or national politics or what is politically correct.
SPORTS
November 3, 2009 | David Wharton
Two months into the season, Steve Sarkisian needs a thesaurus to describe his first try at being a head coach. Amazing. Disappointing. Hard to explain. "I feel like every game gets crazier and crazier," he said recently. Hard to deny that Sarkisian has done a reasonable job of leading Washington back from last year's winless debacle. But with the 3-5 Huskies visiting the Rose Bowl to face UCLA on Saturday, he gets measured by another standard. It's the same benchmark facing Lane Kiffin at Tennessee and DeWayne Walker at New Mexico State.
NATIONAL
August 27, 2009 | Richard Fausset
South Carolina's lieutenant governor on Wednesday called for the resignation of Gov. Mark Sanford, citing "serious misconduct" and "serious distractions" that have stemmed from Sanford's extramarital tryst with an Argentine woman. But Sanford declined to step down, calling his understudy's move "pure politics, plain and simple." Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who, like Sanford, is a Republican, said that he was in fact trying to depoliticize the deliberations over the fate of Sanford, who is facing potential impeachment.
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