| Mar 6, 2013
| 4:22 PM
In those hectic days, hours and minutes before opening night, it's time to "either laugh or cry."
So says Pauline Maranian, director of Estancia High School's upcoming musical theater production of "Guys & Dolls," which opens Thursday for a three-...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 7:54 PM
The pop music of the 1980s was full of Rock 'n' Roll anthems void of any deep meaning or political activism. Bands like Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and the Scorpions filled arenas with loud but melodic hit songs. Most were about partying too hard, but...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 8:24 PM
I love Independence Day.
And what better way to wax nostalgic about the holiday than read — or better yet, view — American playwright Eugene O'Neill's classic work, "Ah, Wilderness."
To me, the play reflects the essence of the Fourth of...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 8:43 PM
When it comes to community spirit there is arguably no more dedicated confederation of folks than the ardent and steadfast supporters of Pacific Chorale.
Recently in Newport Beach they came together, as they have done year after year, for an underwriting...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Lily Tomlin's stint in mime lasted all of three weeks.
It stands to reason — she likes words too much.
"With your words, you are trying to impact the audience and make them feel all kinds of things," said Tomlin, 73, who tried miming when she...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:07 PM
They've explored the world of history ("Ragtime") and fantasy ("Seussical"), but the creative team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty earlier elected to tackle two other genres — mystery and farce — in their offbeat musical comedy "Lucky...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Napoleon Gladney is no stranger to wearing several hats.
A tree, emotions, the wind, a prince, a vampire, and even music notes — these are just a few roles that the Los Angeles-based professional dancer has enacted.
Now, as part of the...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 10:06 PM
The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved an engineering design contract Tuesday night that will look into traffic mitigation measures for East 19th Street.
The $93,995 agreement with CivilSource, an Irvine-based civil engineering firm, will...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:36 PM
South Coast Repertory will conclude its 50th season with the play that opened its first: "Tartuffe," the farce by French playwright Moliere about a religious hypocrite who charms his way into a family home.
It's the Costa Mesa theater's way of coming...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 8:44 PM
Broadway luminary Barbara Cook is in for a treat.
During her one-night-only performance at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Saturday, she will be presented with a birthday card.
Yes, birthday cards are common, but not ones filled with...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 2:28 PM
When Doug Hamilton premiered his film "Broadway Idiot" this year in Austin, Texas, he had a particularly tough crowd to please. Hundreds of hardcore Green Day fans lined up outside the theater on Main Street, waiting to see the 80-minute documentary....
| May 9, 2013
| 5:35 PM
Betty Buckley grew up in a home with diverging viewpoints about her love for music and storytelling.
Her father, a painter, poet, writer and music lover, hailed from a small town in South Dakota. It was with him that Buckley started singing folk tunes....