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    Only 20 Minutes - Joel Beers theater notes

    The clocks, they are a-tickin' at the Grove Theater Center(GTC). For nine years, Kevin Cochranand Charles Johansonhave worked valiantly to build a professional theater company in Garden Grove--work that may end in less than a month, when city offici...

    by Joel Beers on January 30, 2003
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    Work In Progress - Walking the Dead is a gender blender

    Brandon Teena, the famously martyred female-to-male transgender whose life was the subject of the film Boys Don't Cry, would be very familiar with Walking the Dead. Keith Curran's fine script explores issues of gender, identity and conformity and is...

    by Rich Kane on January 23, 2003
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    Albees Zoo

    In Edward Albee's Zoo Story, the strange, Bohemian transient Jerry asks the buttoned-down, married and--hence--normal Peter, "Do I annoy you or confuse you?" One can almost hear Albee directing the same question to his audience. Albee's rep, for the...

    by ANDREW NIENABER on January 23, 2003
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    Wise Guys

    Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCRThe success of movies like A Beautiful Mind and plays like David Auburn's Pulitzer prize-winning Proof, now at South Coast Repertory, suggests there's something reassuring in the notion that all smart people are crazy. It e...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on January 23, 2003
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    Baseball Bathos - Laguna Playhouses Rounding Third

    Photo by Ed Krieger/Laguna PlayhouseAs Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully likes to say, there are two kinds of errors in baseball: those of commission (a booted grounder, a dropped pop-up) and those of omission (failure to hit the cut-off man, forg...

    by Joel Beers on January 23, 2003
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    Like a Prayer - The Naked Ambition of Balthus

    Illustration by Mark DanceyBalthus knew how to arouse suspicion. Born in 1908 as Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, he specialized in portraits of newly pubescent girls in classic porn poses: crawling, bending, stretching or, most often, sitting clueless...

    by JORI FINKEL on January 23, 2003
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    The Message Is Medium-Small - UCIs ID/entity is gee-whiz neat, light on ideas

    Photo by James BunoanSomeone once said there's no one so conservative as a revolutionary in power, and that's certainly the story in the art world, where rebels rise up, promise freedom, establish new tyrannies, and fall to new rebels who reintroduc...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 23, 2003
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    Meta Musil - Joseph J. Musil's theater comes from someplace beyond

    Photo by James Bunoan A 65-year-old man is sitting by himself in the small but opulent and fully functional vaudeville theater he has installed in a top-floor suite of a downtown Santa Ana building that looks like a birthday cake. "I've been up here...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 16, 2003
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    Von Suck - Give us back our galleries!

    Photo by James BunoanThe county's art establishment has been hijacked by lo-art, a scene that once seemed slight and nonthreatening and merely whimsical. Who could ever take it seriously? But by becoming ever more popular with the magical mid-30s/...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 16, 2003
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    Fragmented, Obtuse, Brilliant - Joel Beers theater notes

    Photo by Cris Gross/SCRWE MEAN THIS IN THE BEST OF WAYS. Robert Leigh is a whore. The guy has directed or helped manage shows and theaters from the Laguna Playhouse and UC Irvine to the Long Beach Playhouse and Cal State Long Beach and recently join...

    by Joel Beers on January 16, 2003
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    Shrewing Around - The Bard, balls out

    Photo by Steve MayedaThe Taming of the Shrew is one of the Bard's simpler plots, but that simplicity hasn't prevented a legion of directors from concepting the thing to death. In Russ Marchand's hands, this Insurgo Theater Movement production is dec...

    by ANDREW NIENABER on January 16, 2003
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    So Long to an American Original - Stalled by anti-gay marriage laws, performance artist Tim Miller heads for the U.K.

    Pink bougainvillea blossoms throng the trellis fence that surrounds his stucco bungalow, just two blocks from the beach and equidistant to a small network of canals. A lovingly tended garden, complete with plants bearing bright red tomatoes, lies ju...

    by DONNA PERLMUTTER on January 16, 2003
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    The Clowning of the Shrew - If commedia dellarte met Tom and Jerry, and they had a baby

    Photo by Steve MayedaRuss Marchand is a clown--seriously--but not the stupid balloon-animal kind or the white face and grotesquely red-lipped kind that, in a more perfect world, would scare the crap out of any rational child or adult. Marchand is a ...

    by Joel Beers on January 9, 2003
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    A Portrait of the Revolutionary as a Young Punk - Kurt Cobains Journals

    Last year, when Charles Cross published his Kurt Cobain biography, Heavier Than Heaven, some reviewers--myself among them--marveled at a few of Cobain's diary entries that Cross had quoted and wondered aloud whether the journals themselves might be ...

    by CORNEL BONCA on January 9, 2003
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    386 Words About Nine Bad Plays

    Photo by Ed Krieger/Laguna PlayhouseOh, there were some wonderfully witty and creative things written about local theater in 2002. We praised the good, buried the bad and basically screwed with everything in between. But never in all the name-callin...

    on January 2, 2003
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    Is 'Genericizing' a Word? - An OC Weekly guide to holiday theater

    Photo by Ken Howard/SCRA Christmas Carol Maverick Theater, through Sun. In this new adaptation of Dickens' novella, adaptor/director Brian Newell has written two new scenes dilating on the relationship between Scrooge and his partner, Jacob Marley...

    by Joel Beers on December 26, 2002
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    Undead Again - Rochelle Heagh Phisters 'Ghosts'

    "Goth is fashion, I think," Rochelle Heagh Phister, a slight blonde, says uncomfortably when confronted with the G-word. "We're not really in touch with that lifestyle. We're more in touch with Goya or Bacon. Or Bosch!" she continues. "I've got noth...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 19, 2002
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    Coffee Table Books for the Hip

    Coffee table books can be tragically uncool. Evidence: Why Cats Paint, which my parents proudly display; Barbara Bush's moronic Millie's Book about the first dingo--now available, used, on Amazon.com for something like 49 cents; tomes filled with th...

    by Stacy Davies on December 19, 2002
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    The Great Uncorking - The comix and drawings of Robt. Williams

    In 1941 Dr. Fredrick Wertham published Dark Legend, an examination of a 1930s case in which a New York teen murdered his mother--and one of the earliest academic attempts to link violent, aberrant behavior with comics. Wertham followed Dark Legend w...

    by BILL SMITH on December 19, 2002
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    The Great Elaborator - Kushners A Bright Room Called Day

    Photo by Todd KulczykRonald Reagan's America was either a period of expanding freedom presided over by a Great Communicator or (to borrow from William S. Burroughs) the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams. But was R...

    by Joel Beers on December 19, 2002
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