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Once upon a time, Damon Runyan was a household word. His stories, with their very specific form of dialogue and wry humor, celebrated the gamblers and chiselers of early 20th-century Broadway in a way nobody else has ever matched. Today, most who know of him at all do so thanks to the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls,” based on two of Runyan’s stories by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and set to music by Frank Loesser. Now at Whittier Community Theatre, as the...
Ancient Greek dramatist Euripides’ play “Iphigenia in Aulis” could seem remote. What have we in common with a father who sacrifices his daughter to the gods in exchange for better weather that will help him wage war? Or is it so far-fetched? How many parents have sacrificed their children to their ideals, for their egos, because of dangerously irrational adherence to misunderstood rules? As Euripides penned the legend, the Greek fleet, under its...
Since taking its first bows in 1993, David Ives’ “All in the Timing” has enjoyed a robust life on smaller stages everywhere, thanks to the brevity, minimal technical demands and skilled, witty writing of its six one-act plays. Widely regarded as the contemporary master of the short form, Ives wrote most of the plays between 1987 and 1993 before combining them, in anthology fashion, under one title. In Long Beach Playhouse’s new staging, director...
Any time someone translates a novel to the stage, there is risk involved. The depth of interior monologue, the detail of setting and character, the convolutions of plot and emotion, even the poetry of language used to provide all of this, are all limited by the confines of the stage and the time frame expected of a standard play. Never is this more true than when dramatizing the works of Charles Dickens. A man who loved theater, his works are in many ways quite theatrical, but they are...