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January 21, 2001
Theater listing--The reservation number for "Aaron" at the Ventura Court Theatre is (626) 286-2083. An incorrect number submitted to The Times ran Jan. 14.
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January 21, 2001
Theater listing--The reservation number for "Aaron" at the Ventura Court Theatre is (626) 286-2083. An incorrect number submitted to The Times ran Jan. 14.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Sheldon Penner's "Fog of War" at the Ventura Court Theatre is a provocative but overwrought play, a frustrating mix of profundity and cliche served up hot and steamy by director Jeff Murray and a fiercely effective cast. Riots have broken out in Los Angeles. Neil (Vaughn Armstrong), his daughter, Casey (Elena Fasan), and their Latina housekeeper, Marta (Jill Remez), are taken captive when armed militia members storm their upscale Hollywood Hills home.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2000 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Blood Wedding," Federico Garcia Lorca's impassioned, poetic tragedy of men and women locked in remorse and revenge, is as close to a national play as any classic, and even more a statement of Spanish identity than "Death of a Salesman" is of American individuality. With a reasonably definitive, highly playable translation by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, "Blood Wedding" would seem to be set in place for any director wanting to tackle it.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1998 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Lewter is no Tennessee Williams. Lewter's "The Nature of the Beast," in its world premiere at the Ventura Court Theatre, contains echoes of Williams' South: dysfunctional families with picture-perfect homes, handsome young men with angry undersides, lovely women with questionable morality. But somehow Lewter's tale, set in a small Georgia town during the Korean War, is overwhelmed and winds up faint and muffled.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE
All weekend performances of John Susman's "Tiger Treadwell Takes Tinseltown" at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City have been canceled after Los Angeles fire marshals closed down the theater Thursday just before the performance was to begin. The reason for the shutdown, according to Capt. James L. Gaffney, was the theater management's failure to secure the proper licenses--specifically a particular permit "that allows that kind of business to be run out of that occupancy."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2000 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Blood Wedding," Federico Garcia Lorca's impassioned, poetic tragedy of men and women locked in remorse and revenge, is as close to a national play as any classic, and even more a statement of Spanish identity than "Death of a Salesman" is of American individuality. With a reasonably definitive, highly playable translation by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, "Blood Wedding" would seem to be set in place for any director wanting to tackle it.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During one song in the new Lloyd J. Schwartz-Ben Lanzarone musical, "You & Me," Hughie (Gary Imhoff), a go-getter entrepreneur-turned-mayor, complains about "middle-aged spread." Though it isn't visibly affecting Hughie, middle-aged spread is all over "You & Me."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1997 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Claudia Adams' new play, "P.O.W. (Police Officers' Wives)," at the Ventura Court Theatre, is a textbook example of the messenger not quite trusting the message. Rather than rely on showing us the dramatic--and tragic--logic of a wife allowing herself to become trapped inside a vicious police "code of secrecy" that extends to the bedroom, Adams persists in telling us what her characters are thinking and feeling.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1997 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The desire to fly seems to be born in the soul of mankind. That doesn't mean in a 747, but all by yourself. Icarus tried it in Greek mythology, and Da Vinci tried on a Renaissance hilltop. Most of us do it in dreams, and it has become a useful metaphor for playwrights and screenwriters. Lee Blessing, perhaps best known for his Broadway success "A Walk in the Woods," uses the image throughout his play "Eleemosynary."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Sheldon Penner's "Fog of War" at the Ventura Court Theatre is a provocative but overwrought play, a frustrating mix of profundity and cliche served up hot and steamy by director Jeff Murray and a fiercely effective cast. Riots have broken out in Los Angeles. Neil (Vaughn Armstrong), his daughter, Casey (Elena Fasan), and their Latina housekeeper, Marta (Jill Remez), are taken captive when armed militia members storm their upscale Hollywood Hills home.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1998 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Lewter is no Tennessee Williams. Lewter's "The Nature of the Beast," in its world premiere at the Ventura Court Theatre, contains echoes of Williams' South: dysfunctional families with picture-perfect homes, handsome young men with angry undersides, lovely women with questionable morality. But somehow Lewter's tale, set in a small Georgia town during the Korean War, is overwhelmed and winds up faint and muffled.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1997 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Claudia Adams' new play, "P.O.W. (Police Officers' Wives)," at the Ventura Court Theatre, is a textbook example of the messenger not quite trusting the message. Rather than rely on showing us the dramatic--and tragic--logic of a wife allowing herself to become trapped inside a vicious police "code of secrecy" that extends to the bedroom, Adams persists in telling us what her characters are thinking and feeling.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1997 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The desire to fly seems to be born in the soul of mankind. That doesn't mean in a 747, but all by yourself. Icarus tried it in Greek mythology, and Da Vinci tried on a Renaissance hilltop. Most of us do it in dreams, and it has become a useful metaphor for playwrights and screenwriters. Lee Blessing, perhaps best known for his Broadway success "A Walk in the Woods," uses the image throughout his play "Eleemosynary."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During one song in the new Lloyd J. Schwartz-Ben Lanzarone musical, "You & Me," Hughie (Gary Imhoff), a go-getter entrepreneur-turned-mayor, complains about "middle-aged spread." Though it isn't visibly affecting Hughie, middle-aged spread is all over "You & Me."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE
All weekend performances of John Susman's "Tiger Treadwell Takes Tinseltown" at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City have been canceled after Los Angeles fire marshals closed down the theater Thursday just before the performance was to begin. The reason for the shutdown, according to Capt. James L. Gaffney, was the theater management's failure to secure the proper licenses--specifically a particular permit "that allows that kind of business to be run out of that occupancy."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 1998
* "The Cave Dwellers"--William Saroyan's warmhearted drama, with Claudette Sutherland, left, Wesley Mann, J. Steven Marcus and Katy Boyer, continues through Jan. 24 at 24th Street Theatre. * "Life Support"--A man and a woman are unexpectedly drawn together as they await word about their ill loved ones in a new play opening Friday at Actors Alley at El Portal in North Hollywood.
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