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    Violets Trip Is a Bummer

    Lousy execution kills Violet,the latest small-scale, hit New York musical to receive its Southern California premiere at the Laguna Playhouse. Intriguing themes, complicated characters and a story with real potential are sabotaged throughout by Bria...

    by Joel Beers on September 30, 1999
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    Its Quite Clearly a Monkey! - Clever little Conceptual pieces that dont make us vomit!

    Photo by Jack GouldRegular readers of this column will surely remember some of the extremely droll, clever and witty aspersions I've cast upon Conceptual artworks, though I can't remember any that were merely off-hand. Nonetheless, I'm sure they wer...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 30, 1999
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    Flyer Crashes

    The press release for Flyer calls Brad S. Barnes' reworking of the Flying Dutchman myth a "sly, romantic fantasy" set during the French Revolution. Well, it's set in present-day California, and it isn't particularly sly or romantic. Barnes envisions...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on September 23, 1999
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    A Charming Philanderer

    Like his other writings, George Bernard Shaw's semi-autobiographical play The Philanderer is foremost a work of ideas--in this case, his ideas about marriage. Like Shaw himself (who was quite the ladies' man), Leonard Charteris is a philosopher and ...

    by ANNA BARR on September 23, 1999
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    The Ladies Have No Soul

    In the era of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, it's hard to believe anyone would waste time arguing whether theater should be meaningful or entertaining. But people used to. Lillian Garrett-Groag revisits the antique debate in her play The Ladies ...

    by Joel Beers on September 23, 1999
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    Daniel du Plessis Is Very Sweet - And we mean that in a good way

    Photo by Jack GouldMost purveyors of hearts and butterflies and golden roses these days skip through life with two X chromosomes. Despite his fondness for lilies and morning glories, Daniel du Plessis is a man, which is why the soft, womanly aesthet...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 23, 1999
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    Miss This Saigon - Worse than Titanic yet still floating

    Miss Saigon is a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the 1975 U.S. withdrawal from Saigon and the reunification of Vietnam under a communist regime. It's an obvious wound reopener for those who lived--and still live--through the experience...

    by Joel Beers on September 16, 1999
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    Once in a Lifetime - Is Paul Suntups life a Talking Heads song?

    As Paul Suntup pushed through the dense crowd gathered to hear a Canadian transvestite reading elegant, confessional poetry on the steps of the Chicago Cultural Center last month, he had a Talking Heads moment. First he thought, "This is not my be...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on September 16, 1999
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    Nudes! Nudes! Nudes! - And why is Lagunas art scene suddenly brilliant?

    Like everyone else, I've spent weeks watching Orange County Sanitation officials look for the source of all the crap that washed up on the shores of Huntington Beach this summer. Unlike almost everyone else, I know the source: all the crap that used...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 16, 1999
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    Inner Children - Orphans needs to get in touch with its energy

    Kyle Kessler's Orphans can be an actor's dream: two boisterously funny hours that transform almost imperceptibly into heart-breaking tragedy. Each of the play's three roles offers to-die-for opportunities to stretch and exhibit an actor's artistic m...

    by MICHAEL FOX on September 9, 1999
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    Quitcher Bitchin - Dont Feel Grown Up isnt

    Paul (Robert Fileta) is 25 and on top: he has a devoted girlfriend, Nina (Heather Kjos); lives rent-free; and has a paying gig at a newspaper. It's not enough for him, though: he can't get past Page 30 on his novel, is unsure about his impending mar...

    by Dave Barton on September 9, 1999
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    Dirty Hippies Do Shakespeare - Groves updated Shakespeare works

    To update or not to update is the perennial Shakespeare question. An answer, of sorts, can be found in director Kevin Cochran's As You Like It, a Grove Theater Center production that reopens in Fullerton on Sept. 9. Rather than updating this play so...

    by Joel Beers on September 9, 1999
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    Great Walls - Chinese contemporary photo exhibits are the shows of the year

    The government of the People's Republic of China is bad.Very, very bad. Not our kind of communism at all. But oppression makes for good art. Even the most seemingly banal works can take on the aura of sly bravery when you consider the reeducation ca...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 9, 1999
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    Blurb-O-Matic - Sneak peeks at a season of theater that is breathtaking, passionate, entertaining!

    For this, our third annual Theater Season Preview, we're stepping out of the closet and into the bright light of honesty, so to speak, and formally announcing the Weekly's new position: lips puckered and ready to kiss much ass. See, we've noticed ...

    by Joel Beers on September 2, 1999
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    Just Crap - New Salinger bio cant get at the man who doesnt want to be gotten

    A few months ago, a story from the Associated Press quoted one of J.D. Salinger's neighbors to the effect that Salinger had told him he had 15 or 16 book-length completed manuscripts locked in his safe at home. The kicker is that Salinger had slippe...

    by CORNEL BONCA on September 2, 1999
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    Silver Linings - Ray Turners gloom and doom is happy, happy, happy!

    Photo by Myles RobinsonRay Turner's nameless nation is one of fifth-circle-of-hell smog descending over cities built for giants. In the large canvases largely taken up by sepia skies, the cities seem like a hybrid of excavated Ur and apocalyptic Thu...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 2, 1999
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    After much preparation and a few postponements (courtesy of the City of Fullerton), Stages has made the big step of moving from a hidden Anaheim industrial park to downtown Fullerton. Though the new location is justa strip mall, the interior of the ...

    by ANNA BARR on August 26, 1999
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    Unidentifiable Themes

    What do you get when you combine two emotionally repressed gay men, one confused woman, one abusive adulterer, an obsessive lesbian, a psychic hooker with a heart of gold and a madman? Answer: Rude Guerrilla theater's tangled production of Unidentif...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on August 26, 1999
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    This Boy Cant Dance - Risky choice, faulty execution in Irvine production

    One of the strangest sights of any theatrical season has to be The Boys in the Band on a community-theater stage in Irvine. Mart Crowley's 1968 play is filled with self-described self-loathing homosexuals, pansies, fairies and queens. Sure, the pl...

    by Joel Beers on August 26, 1999
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    Summertime - Santora slumbers in the sun

    Photo by Jeanne RiceSanta Ana's Artists Village is an awfully pleasant place. The ornate Santora Arts Complex, with its grand staircases and thick green carpets, is one of the warmest, prettiest public buildings in the county. The Empire Building ac...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 26, 1999
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