March 15, 2000
BURBANK -- The Victory Theatre's world premiere of Lee Murphy's comedy "Monkey Grass," directed by Maria Gobetti, opens March 30. In 1995, Murphy received the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for best writing of a world premiere play for "Catch A Falling Star" produced by The Victory. It is the first play of a trilogy about a Texas family. "Monkey Grass" is the second in the series. Letha Messbaum, is the Hollywood producer of the mega-hit action adventure films "Die" and "Die Harder."
February 19, 2005
Karen Apostolina The entertainment business, by nature, is not conducive to stable, long-term relationships often favoring style over substance. But somehow, Maria Gobetti and Tom Ormeny, owners of the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, have ignored this fact for 25 years, brazenly producing art for art's sake. As "The Vic" marks its 25th anniversary in March, Gobetti and Ormeny will also celebrate a quarter-century of marriage. How? By doing exactly what they've done for 2 1/2 decades -- opening a new play!
August 22, 2001
Dink O'Neal, Enjoy! BURBANK -- If faced with the weighty responsibility of having inadvertently affected world history for the worse, what would you do? Such is the dilemma of five participants in "The War Game" playing at Burbank's ironically named Victory Theatre. Authors Ashley Scott Meyers and Jeffry E. Stein have crafted a story reminiscent of "Twilight Zone" episodes wherein the mundane often leads to the catastrophic. Gathering in a Los Angeles-area home, a quintet of weekend gamers prepare for a risk-like contest in which World War II is recreated and determined by the roll of dice and the movement of miniature armed forces.
November 14, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Victory Theatre co-founder receives Doolittle Award BURBANK -- Tom Ormeny, co-founder of the Victory Theatre in Burbank, has received the Theatre L.A.'s James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre. Ormeny co-founded and built the Victory Theatre in 1979 and continues today as its artistic co-director with his wife, director and acting coach Maria Gobetti. The theater has produced more than 50 world premieres. Recently, Ormeny wrote and produced the play "Life on the Line," which premiered at the Victory.
September 26, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Burbank blues band in Verizon festival BURBANK -- Burbank vocalist Jessie Payo and her blues band Jessie and the Raindogs have been selected to perform as part of the Verizon Music Festival on Sunday in Old Pasadena. Jessie and the Raindogs will perform at 1 p.m. at Central Park. This free concert is from noon to 7 p.m. The band will share the stage with international artists David Clayton-Thomas with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Me'shell Ndegeocello, and many more.
March 8, 2008
Providence High School?s Drama Department presents ?Godspell? at 7:30 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium, 511 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Performances continue at 7:30 March 15 and 2:30 p.m. March 16. Tickets are $15, $10 students, and $5 children under 8, seniors age 55 and older and special needs audience. For more information, call (818) 846-8141, Ext. 408. ? A Noise Within presents William Shakespeare?s ?Henry IV, Part I? opening at 8 p.m. tonight at the theater, 234 S. Brand Blvd.
November 24, 2001
Jose Ruiz, Weekend BURBANK -- David Mamet's work always stimulates discussion -- even arguments, and this archetypal play, "Oleanna," is controversy personified to the core. The Little Victory Theatre in Burbank has mounted this gritty presentation of the familiar story where a pompous college professor is accused of sexual harassment by a female student. Her accusations to the tenure committee cause him to lose his job, the home he is about to buy, presumably his family and in the end, the existence he had worked to build over the last 20 years.