October 17, 2009
?The Durang Menagerie,? a collection of one-act plays by Christopher Durang, completes its run this weekend at the Glendale Community College Studio Theatre, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Pictured, Amanda Wingvalley, played by Amy Ackerman, urges her hypochondriac son Lawrence, played by Aren Soulahian, to meet the ?Feminine Caller? who is coming for dinner, in ?For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,? a parody of Tennessee Williams? ?The Glass Menagerie.? Performances are at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.
October 14, 2009
In Glendale Community College?s presentation of ?The Durang Menagerie,? the zaftig Amy Ackerman opens the evening as the eponymously titled ?Mrs. Sorken.? ?Dear theatergoers, welcome, and how lovely to see you,? she trills. And with that, we?re off on a celebration and lampoon of theater, from the Greek classics to the works of American icons like Eugene O?Neill. ?The Durang Menagerie? is a collection of one-acts by America?s master absurdist, Christopher Durang, in which he parodies theater and its adherents in all their self-import and overblown metaphor, in a loopy, hilarious riff on actors and audience.
April 16, 2003
Jose Ruiz Every one-woman show we've seen lately has been a litany of struggles, disappointments and eventual successes that tend to emphasize how determination and hard work eventually pay off. Tony Award-winner Donna McKechnie's "Inside the Music," produced by the Colony Theater, is very much that type of show. Featuring a plethora of song-and-dance numbers culled from her more popular Broadway shows, coupled with clever and insightful narrative written by the gifted Christopher Durang, this show carries us from the early days when Donna first hit show business, through her early successes (and failures)
October 2, 2009
The 2009-10 theater season at Glendale Community College includes one-act plays, a Tennessee Williams drama, a musical in the spring and a play translated from Spanish. The season opens with “The Durang Menagerie,” an evening of one-acts by Christopher Durang and directed by Larry Biederman. The four one-acts are “Mrs. Sorken,” “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” “The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Desire, Desire, Desire.” Two of the one-acts, “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “Desire, Desire, Desire,” are parodies of Tennessee Williams’ plays.
January 22, 2003
IN THE SPOTLIGHT For those waiting to hear, The Colony Theatre Company's fifth and final production of the season is the Los Angeles premiere of "Donna McKechnie: Inside the Music." McKechnie appeared on Broadway in the Theatre Guild's production of Rodgers and Hammer- stein's "State Fair," for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer. She is best known for her Tony Award-winning (Best Actress in a Musical)
April 12, 2003
A free CD of the music heard aboard the Titanic the night of its demise will be given to guests at the screening of "A Night to Remember" (1958) at 2 and 8 p.m. today at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. The Alex Film Society is sponsoring the event, featuring an uncut print that contains footage trimmed from its original American release. As a bonus, patrons will receive a free CD of Ian Whitcomb's, "Titanic, Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage."
May 3, 2003
48 HOURS "The Secret Garden," the 1933 film based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is the final segment in the Family Film Series at 2 p.m. today at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. An orphaned girl, Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) discovers a secret garden at her uncle's home and shares the special refuge with her cousin and friend. Pre-show activities at 1 p.m. include an arts-and-crafts project for children. The theme of the series has been to promote literacy among young moviegoers, and there will be a book drawing of many children's books.
April 26, 2003
48 HOURS A woman's emotions are interpreted through dance by the Djanbazian Dance Company in a free performance at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Brand Library Galleries in Glendale. Anna Djanbazian, Glendale resident and artistic director, has titled the program "What's Inside Every Woman." The performance is an emotional journey into an inner world, the world that is inside all women. "It begins with the discovery of self and ends with the taking of power to make life happier," she said.
April 19, 2003
48 HOURS Donna McKechnie's autobiographical show about becoming a Broadway star has evolved. On and off for nine years, she's been producing "Inside the Music" on stages with sets built for other plays and playhouses lacking good sound quality. Now, through a new liaison with The Colony Theatre in Burbank, the singer/dancer is finally seeing her creation moving into a professionally staged presentation. "This is a jewel box of a theater," she said, looking around the Colony's digs inside the city-owned Burbank Center Stage facility.