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By Dink O’Neal | July 15, 2009
With an engaging, almost circus-like atmosphere, Burbank?s Theatre Banshee is presenting ?The Hostage.? There?s laughter, tears, joy and fear, all threaded together by a seemingly endless collection of wonderfully performed Gaelic tunes. It?s a safe bet that this piece, written by Brendan Behan in the late 1950s, offers something for everyone. To that end, director McKerrin Kelly deserves the greatest portion of the praise for exposing this production?s heart and soul. Even during the most chaotic moments, of which there are many in the play, Kelly?
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By Lynne Heffley and By Lynne Heffley | July 18, 2013
The immigrant experience in the United States is as varied as each individual who leaves family, friends and a familiar culture to forge a new life in a strange land. Yet not everything is left behind. In the West Coast premiere of "Brendan," a potentially effective but problematic production at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, one young contemporary Irish immigrant in New York still carries baggage containing grief, guilt, isolation - and a recent addition: the ghost of his dead mother.
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By Lynne Heffley | November 16, 2013
Love betrayed, ghosts, curses, prophecies and an inevitable tragedy of mythic proportion fuel Theatre Banshee's effective production - despite a technical snafu - of Marina Carr's Irish play, “By the Bog of Cats,” a Los Angeles premiere at the Banshee in Burbank. Rooted in Euripides' “Medea” and transported to the humble confines of a peaty bog in contemporary Ireland, Carr's play revolves around tormented Hester Swain, whose longtime lover, Carthage, the father of her child, has abandoned her to marry the daughter of a rich farmer.
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By Lynne Heffley | November 9, 2012
In Irish playwright Jimmy Murphy's "The Muesli Belt," at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, a struggling pub owner and his neighbors face encroaching gentrification and the real estate feeding frenzy that was part of the stratospheric (and doomed) 1990s economic boom referred to in Ireland as the "Celtic Tiger. " Murphy's bittersweet drama, a U.S. premiere, opens in 1999 Dublin where the demolition ball of progress is banging on the door of a decrepit community in the guise of a developer intent on tearing down old properties for a new “muesli belt”: trendy bistros, health food stores and new apartments, to accommodate an expected influx of well-heeled yuppies.
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December 2, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ONSTAGE ?A Christmas Carol,? a musical adaptation of the holiday tale by Charles Dickens, continues at Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St. Mario Di Gregario stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets range from $21 to $28. The play closes Dec. 23. For reservations, call (818) 244-8481 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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October 13, 2004
Burbank fine arts festival hits town DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Downtown Burbank is launching what it says is the East Valley's largest and most diverse fine arts festival Saturday and Sunday. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on San Fernando Road, which will be closed to traffic, between Magnolia Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue. More than 90 active West Coast artists and craftsmen selected from workshops across California, Arizona and Nevada will be represented at this first-time event.
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May 19, 2004
The West Coast premiere of John B. Keane's play "The Man from Clare" opens Friday at the Gene Bua Theatre in Burbank. Sean Branney of Glendale directs the play, which is produced by his Theatre Banshee. Padraic O'Dea leads his team of Gaelic football players to face the lads of County Kerry. A disastrous game, a cocky rival and a shy local lass throw him into a desperate attempt to forge a new life off the field. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 3. Tickets are $15, $12 for students, seniors and groups.
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By Lynne Heffley | November 16, 2013
Love betrayed, ghosts, curses, prophecies and an inevitable tragedy of mythic proportion fuel Theatre Banshee's effective production - despite a technical snafu - of Marina Carr's Irish play, “By the Bog of Cats,” a Los Angeles premiere at the Banshee in Burbank. Rooted in Euripides' “Medea” and transported to the humble confines of a peaty bog in contemporary Ireland, Carr's play revolves around tormented Hester Swain, whose longtime lover, Carthage, the father of her child, has abandoned her to marry the daughter of a rich farmer.
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By Lynne Heffley and By Lynne Heffley | July 18, 2013
The immigrant experience in the United States is as varied as each individual who leaves family, friends and a familiar culture to forge a new life in a strange land. Yet not everything is left behind. In the West Coast premiere of "Brendan," a potentially effective but problematic production at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, one young contemporary Irish immigrant in New York still carries baggage containing grief, guilt, isolation - and a recent addition: the ghost of his dead mother.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | November 9, 2012
In Irish playwright Jimmy Murphy's "The Muesli Belt," at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, a struggling pub owner and his neighbors face encroaching gentrification and the real estate feeding frenzy that was part of the stratospheric (and doomed) 1990s economic boom referred to in Ireland as the "Celtic Tiger. " Murphy's bittersweet drama, a U.S. premiere, opens in 1999 Dublin where the demolition ball of progress is banging on the door of a decrepit community in the guise of a developer intent on tearing down old properties for a new “muesli belt”: trendy bistros, health food stores and new apartments, to accommodate an expected influx of well-heeled yuppies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dink O’Neal | July 15, 2009
With an engaging, almost circus-like atmosphere, Burbank?s Theatre Banshee is presenting ?The Hostage.? There?s laughter, tears, joy and fear, all threaded together by a seemingly endless collection of wonderfully performed Gaelic tunes. It?s a safe bet that this piece, written by Brendan Behan in the late 1950s, offers something for everyone. To that end, director McKerrin Kelly deserves the greatest portion of the praise for exposing this production?s heart and soul. Even during the most chaotic moments, of which there are many in the play, Kelly?
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