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May 8, 1995 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Klezmer music and mystical Judaism aren't the usual stuff of today's performance art, but Yehuda Hyman is about to toss his yarmulke into the ring and change all that. And has he got stories to tell. Using the wanderings of a fictional Jew named Elliott Green, Hyman explores the multiple facets of Semitic cultural identity in his "The Mad Dancers," opening tonight at the Taper, Too. That Jewishness isn't monocultural, though, might well be news to many.
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May 8, 1995 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Klezmer music and mystical Judaism aren't the usual stuff of today's performance art, but Yehuda Hyman is about to toss his yarmulke into the ring and change all that. And has he got stories to tell. Using the wanderings of a fictional Jew named Elliott Green, Hyman explores the multiple facets of Semitic cultural identity in his "The Mad Dancers," opening tonight at the Taper, Too. That Jewishness isn't monocultural, though, might well be news to many.
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March 22, 2001
* Matchbox Twenty, Everclear and Lifehouse perform next Thursday and March 30 at the Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. $37 to $40. (818) 777-3931. * "The Mad Dancers," Yehuda Hyman's comedy about a word processor chosen to become the next Hasidic priest, plays March 31-April 22 at San Diego Repertory, Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. $22 to $38. (619) 544-1000.
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November 5, 1993
Workshops of eight plays and four performance art pieces will be presented in public rehearsals at Taper, Too, located at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, as part of the Mark Taper Forum's sixth New Work Festival, starting next week. Admission is free, but reservations are required: (213) 972-7392. The schedule: Wednesday-Thursday: "Unmerciful Good Fortune," by Edwin Sanchez, directed by Peter Brosius. Nov.
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March 23, 1998 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
There's no surer proof that the Pasadena Playhouse is feeling schizophrenic than its new show, a harmless revue called "Blame It On the Movies!: The Reel Music of Hollywood." Just previously, with his production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," recently arrived artistic director Sheldon Epps alerted subscribers that he would interrupt the playhouse's usual menu of bromide-filled theater with more challenging fare. But, as if to make sure no one gets too alarmed, "Blame It on the Movies!"
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February 13, 2004 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
"Center of the Star" is the latest production in Cornerstone Theater Company's Faith-Based Theater Cycle, an ambitious four-year series examining how faith unites and divides the larger community. Presented in association with the Greenway Arts Alliance at the Greenway Court Theatre, "Star" amusingly encapsulates the history of Jews in Southern California.
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April 26, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
The horrors of events like the Armenian holocaust are so vast that it's hard to imagine them from a distance as anything other than a numbing abstraction. It's primarily through the stories of survivors that casualty statistics hit home with the immediacy and intensity of personal experience -- qualities vividly evoked in "I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen" at Glendale's Alex Theatre.
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May 10, 1995 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Yehuda Hyman's "The Mad Dancers," part of the Mark Taper Forum's "Virtual Theatre" series at the Taper, Too, Elliott Green (Hyman) can't find the map that might guide him along his mystical journey. It's a feeling the audience may share. Hyman's tale is a loose and updated adaptation of "The 7 Beggars" by Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav, who was a celebrated scholar and great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov (founder of Judaism's Hasidic movement). The adventure begins promisingly.
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April 28, 1997 | COREY MADDEN, Corey Madden is associate artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum
After more than 12 years working as a creative producer at the Mark Taper Forum, I am baffled by Laurie Winer's distinction between the quality of stewardship offered at the Taper and that at South Coast Repertory ("Award for Best Parent to a Play," Calendar, March 29). I was also very concerned that the compare-and-contrast format of the article contributes to a scorecard mentality about art-making and is ultimately damaging to our endeavor.
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November 10, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Oh, "Candide." Poor "Candide." In the beginning there was Gordon Davidson's brave, clever and sprightly little production for the Theater Group--it wasn't the Center Theater Group yet--at UCLA in 1966. Here, the lumbering Broadway musical, which had flopped a decade earlier, emerged perfectly focused, perfectly wicked and witty. Bernstein's music bubbled and bristled, as needed.
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