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    Masterfully Horrible

    What a bizarre choice for a theater company with the temerity to claim (in both press release and program) that it intends to present "theater with a message." Yes, in their production of John Strand's Lovers and Executioners, the Master's Repertory...

    by RUSSELL DUNN on July 27, 2000
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    Shake, Rattle and Roll Speare

    It's midsummer, and that means it's time for half the theater companies in California to trot out Shakespeare. In the Troubadour Theater Company's case, it's time for another Shakespeare parody. This year's offering (currently at the Grove Theatre...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on July 20, 2000
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    Aint That America - Little pink houses for you and mewithout you and me

    Photo by Jack GouldRick Monzon's America is as soft-focus and pleasantly blurry as Angelyne the Billboard Queen's ever-gauzier portraits. Hell, they don't even take pictures of her anymore; now the omnipresent pinup girl is an illustration! Like t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 20, 2000
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    Big Old Jews - Once upon a time, literary giants bestrode the Earth

    Last year, critics got all adrenalized by a book of short stories by a young Jewish writer named Nathan Englander. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges was a strong, sturdy debut, but what got people riled up as much as Englander's impressive emotiona...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 20, 2000
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    Great Timing

    "Bad timing" is one of those bullshit excuses that the less enthusiastic half of a potential couple offers when trying to explain why this thing that is happening won't be happening any longer. It's bullshit because "bad timing" is what happens when...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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    Huh?!

    Call it berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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    Huh?!

    Call it berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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    Huh?!

    Call it berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
  • Article

    Huh?!

    Call it berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
  • Article

    Huh?!

    Call it berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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    Pre-Postmodern Elvis - The Crooners Lounge is serious about the King

    Photo by Jack GouldThere are so many different kinds of bad taste. Take (please!) the Overstuffed Elegance model (gilded Rococo chairs with ropes across them; grand pianos with signs requesting that you not play them; arrangements of big ostrich fea...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 13, 2000
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    Raw Deal

    When an undercover FBI operation goes wrong, as it does in Matt Witten's The Deal, you know somebody is going to get hurt. Inspired by a political-corruption case in Boston, The Deal traces a battle of wits and wiretaps between FBI agents and their ...

    by LAURENCE WOLFF on July 13, 2000
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    Not Quite Hell

    In the French, Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit is a sometimes funny, fast-paced examination of the author's hell-is-other-people philosophy. In this Rude Guerrilla production (based on a new translation by Andrew Nienaber), No Exit is unfunny and slow an...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on July 13, 2000
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    Not So Shrewd

    Shakespeare Orange County has realized Shakespeare's controversial "anti-feminist" tour de force without any critique, self-reflection or interpretive ingenuity that might make the play more palatable to a contemporary theatergoer. This is not a mat...

    by BRYAN REYNOLDS on July 13, 2000
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    ALLOFSHAKESPEARESPLAYSIN90MINUTES

    You can get by just fine if you're a blues singer performing to a mostly empty room of drunks, just as a serious actor can often deliver a stunning performance in front of a tiny, inattentive audience. But in comedy, especially the type of comedy on...

    by JOSEPH SIROTA on July 6, 2000
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    Not so Perverse

    David Mamet first achieved notoriety with his 1974 dark comedy Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Its profanity and cynical view of relationships was shocking at the time, but 26 years later, it feels about as titillating as a 1950s pinup poster. Directo...

    by ROZANNE TAUCHER on July 6, 2000
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    Twin Peeks

    If you're one of those god-fearin', flag-wavin', death-penalty advocatin', abortion-is-murderin', multiculturalism-hatin', Rush-Limbaugh-listenin' right-wing types, you'll want to drop a bomb --maybe even the bomb--on Orange Coast College's producti...

    by Joel Beers on July 6, 2000
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    Sound, Fury, Waste - John Fantes journey from promising writer to aging reactionary

    Charles Bukowski once called John Fante's Ask the Dust the "finest novel written in all time." Though it's a good idea to factor out the hype quotient in any of King Charles' blurbations, in this case, there's every reason to think he meant it. It m...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 6, 2000
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    Nude! Nude! Nude! - The naked truth behind Sarah Bain Gallery

    Photo by Jack GouldYou know, I love the nude people. I do. There they are, bein' all nude, their awe-inspiring bellies floating free in the sunshine as if to say, "Hey! Look at me! I'm a big fat belly!" Or else they're real old and lizardy from too ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 29, 2000
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    The Stranger

    Using the same beachfront setting, the two original one-acts that make up this late-night production, Late-Nights at Stages, also have essentially the same premise: the transformations that occur in the lives of the denizens of a beachfront house wh...

    by RUSSELL DUNN on June 29, 2000
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