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By: B.W. COOK | August 11, 2005
Wylie Aitken, co-host of the annual South Coast Repertory's August patron party with his lovely wife Bette, stood before the gathering in his home and told the crowd, "Permit me to quote Larry Higby when I say that I don't want to sell chairs -- I want to sell tables." Newport Beach's Higby, who with his wife Dee have been formidable fundraisers for the repertory, was standing in a corner of the Aitken family room, listening. The crowd got the message.
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By TOM TITUS | May 28, 2009
Back in 1996, South Coast Repertory premiered a two-character play that knocked the socks off its audiences before going on to become a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Thanks to the abdication of “King Lear,” it’s back for those who may have missed it with all its intellectual fireworks intact. When “Lear” was scratched as the season’s finale, SCR came up with a brilliant idea — bringing back Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories” with the memorable actress from the first production, Kandis Chappell, reprising her role of a veteran short story writer and fearsome professor who mentors an ambitious young student.
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By Ashley Breeding | December 31, 2008
His full name was Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. He was known as Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus. And his original name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. But you probably know him as just Nero, the emperor who supposedly fiddled as Rome burned. And you’ll find out a lot more about Rome’s fifth emperor in Pulitzer-finalist Amy Freed’s new play, “You, Nero,” which premieres at South Coast Repertory on Sunday. Nero was a pretty nasty tyrant, known for his narcissism, and a cruel streak that extended to even killing his mother.
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By: Elia Powers | August 19, 2005
Except for a few junior high school plays, the majority of actors in South Coast Repertory Summer Players' production of "The Phantom Tollbooth" haven't spent a wealth of time on stage. But it seems they have mastered one aspect of live performance already: the art of staying loose behind the scenes. During the downtime between weekend shows, some cast members belt out pop tunes while changing costumes. Will Peterson, a Newport Coast resident with animated facial expressions, added levity by standing just offstage and demonstrating to the other actors how to improve their smiles.
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By Tom Titus | August 12, 2013
For the teenage performers in South Coast Repertory's Theatre Conservatory Summer Players' revival of "Annie," they're presenting ancient history - not just the Depression-era mid-1930s but the roots of the 1977 musical itself, born long before they were. "Annie" began life as a comic strip called "Little Orphan Annie," created by Harold Gray, back when "Brother, can you spare a dime?" was a familiar query. The musical version (from Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin)
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By: | October 1, 2005
Submit AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626; by fax to (714) 966-4679; or by calling (714) 966-4625. TILL OCT. 9 'THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE' Bertolt Brecht's work, which is rich with themes of morality, justice and the effects of war on individuals through the centuries, will be staged at south Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets cost $20 to $58. Information: (714) 708-5555 or o7www.
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By Tom Titus | January 6, 2014
With the arrival of 2014 comes a new crop of local theater productions, four of which are chomping at the bit to get on stage this weekend. Leading the pack from South Coast Repertory is "Trudy and Max in Love," by Zoe Kazan, which kicks off the year on SCR's Julianne Argyros Stage. The romantic comedy with a twist will play through Jan. 26. The Laguna Playhouse will be back in business with "Ring of Fire," based on the life and career of Johnny Cash. Performances will be given through Feb. 2. "Man of La Mancha," the musical derived from the novel "Don Quixote," will follow its impossible dream weekends until Feb. 1 at the Huntington Beach Playhouse, where musicals seem to have taken over the community theater's schedule.
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By Tom Titus | February 26, 2014
Theater companies traditionally honor individuals who have been highly instrumental in their success by naming a performing facility for them, as UC Irvine did a few years ago when it rechristened its Studio Theatre the Robert Cohen Theatre to honor Cohen's half-century of teaching and directing at UCI. South Coast Repertory has two theaters - the Segerstrom Stage and the Julianne Argyros Stage, celebrating two benefactors who provided enormous monetary...
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By Tom Titus | April 14, 2014
Sam Shepard receives only about five minutes of screen time in the recent movie "August: Osage County," but his impact as a playwright over the last half-century has been vastly more significant. Shepard has the distinction of winning the Pulitzer Prize (for "Buried Child") and writing arguably the worst play ever mounted by South Coast Repertory ("La Turista"). His finest and most accessible work, however, is "True West," now on stage in a dynamic production at the Costa Mesa Playhouse.
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By Tom Titus | April 14, 2014
Sam Shepard receives only about five minutes of screen time in the recent movie "August: Osage County," but his impact as a playwright over the last half-century has been vastly more significant. Shepard has the distinction of winning the Pulitzer Prize (for "Buried Child") and writing arguably the worst play ever mounted by South Coast Repertory ("La Turista"). His finest and most accessible work, however, is "True West," now on stage in a dynamic production at the Costa Mesa Playhouse.
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By Tom Titus | February 26, 2014
Theater companies traditionally honor individuals who have been highly instrumental in their success by naming a performing facility for them, as UC Irvine did a few years ago when it rechristened its Studio Theatre the Robert Cohen Theatre to honor Cohen's half-century of teaching and directing at UCI. South Coast Repertory has two theaters - the Segerstrom Stage and the Julianne Argyros Stage, celebrating two benefactors who provided enormous monetary...
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By Tom Titus | January 6, 2014
With the arrival of 2014 comes a new crop of local theater productions, four of which are chomping at the bit to get on stage this weekend. Leading the pack from South Coast Repertory is "Trudy and Max in Love," by Zoe Kazan, which kicks off the year on SCR's Julianne Argyros Stage. The romantic comedy with a twist will play through Jan. 26. The Laguna Playhouse will be back in business with "Ring of Fire," based on the life and career of Johnny Cash. Performances will be given through Feb. 2. "Man of La Mancha," the musical derived from the novel "Don Quixote," will follow its impossible dream weekends until Feb. 1 at the Huntington Beach Playhouse, where musicals seem to have taken over the community theater's schedule.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | August 12, 2013
For the teenage performers in South Coast Repertory's Theatre Conservatory Summer Players' revival of "Annie," they're presenting ancient history - not just the Depression-era mid-1930s but the roots of the 1977 musical itself, born long before they were. "Annie" began life as a comic strip called "Little Orphan Annie," created by Harold Gray, back when "Brother, can you spare a dime?" was a familiar query. The musical version (from Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin)
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | May 28, 2009
Back in 1996, South Coast Repertory premiered a two-character play that knocked the socks off its audiences before going on to become a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Thanks to the abdication of “King Lear,” it’s back for those who may have missed it with all its intellectual fireworks intact. When “Lear” was scratched as the season’s finale, SCR came up with a brilliant idea — bringing back Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories” with the memorable actress from the first production, Kandis Chappell, reprising her role of a veteran short story writer and fearsome professor who mentors an ambitious young student.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | December 31, 2008
His full name was Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. He was known as Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus. And his original name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. But you probably know him as just Nero, the emperor who supposedly fiddled as Rome burned. And you’ll find out a lot more about Rome’s fifth emperor in Pulitzer-finalist Amy Freed’s new play, “You, Nero,” which premieres at South Coast Repertory on Sunday. Nero was a pretty nasty tyrant, known for his narcissism, and a cruel streak that extended to even killing his mother.
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By: | October 13, 2005
Submit AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626; by fax to (714) 966-4679; or by calling (714) 966-4625. TILL OCT. 16 'DUMB SHOW' The comedy hit that probes celebrity and the tabloid press, written by Joe Penhall and directed by David Emmes, will be staged at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets cost $20 to $58. Information: (714) 708-5555 or o7www.scr.orgf7. 'EVITA' The Tony-winning Broadway musical of the life of Eva Peron, boasting a compelling score by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, returns to Orange County.
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