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By Tom Titus | August 23, 2010
The Laguna Playhouse is gearing up to celebrate its 90th (that's right, 90th) season in 2010-11, but somehow it won't be quite the same as the past 20. Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's popular and highly skilled artistic director, who has held the position since 1991, is calling it a career, at least in Laguna. "I've been thinking about leaving for a while," he said. "With the current season locked up, contracted and running very successfully so far, I felt it was a good time to begin the transition, before getting too far into planning the 2011-12 season.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | December 16, 2005
And Beth Broderick delivered bravura performance in one-woman show, `Bad Dates,' at Laguna theater. Saving the best for last, the Laguna Playhouse produced an all-out laugh riot with a holiday theme, Bernard Farrell's "Many Happy Returns," this reviewer's selection as the top show at the playhouse in 2005. This production, the fourth of Farrell's plays to receive its American premiere at the playhouse, centered on a planned holiday celebration which turned into hilarious disaster.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Tom Titus Laguna Beach's No Square Theater plunges into its upcoming season with a new artistic director and a lineup of shows that will be refreshingly unfamiliar to most theatergoers. The new lady in charge is Melissa Verdugo, who has taken the reins of the community players after stage managing the company's last production, "Babes in Arms," in July. Her appointment is the culmination of an active and varied training period in both administration and production.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | September 5, 2012
The Laguna Dance Festival will host Backhausdance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for three performances Friday through Sunday at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. Orange County-based contemporary dance company, Backhausdance, will perform first Friday night. Then, two nationally renowned professional companies - San Francisco-based LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - - will join forces for a shared program on Saturday and Sunday. There will be two pre-performance discussions with company artistic directors one hour prior to the Friday and Sunday performances.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
Tom Titus Egomaniacal artists, an autocratic director, demanding clients, second-guessing technicians and naive wannabes. A recipe for artistic disaster? Probably, but no one ever confused filming food commercials with art. No one, that is, except those involved in the process. Laguna Playhouse audiences will get an up-close-and-personal look at these fascinating characters next weekend in the West Coast premiere of Rob Ackerman's play "Tabletop."
NEWS
June 12, 2009
Girl Scouts win Bronze award Girl Scouts Christine Eidt, Allison Kono, Ashley Brown and Katie Hynson of Laguna Beach Junior Girl Scout Troop 2136 were awarded the Bronze award at the annual Girl Scout Bridging ceremony June 1. The Bronze award is the highest award a Girl Scout at the Junior level can achieve. Under the leadership of Joanna Schoon and Stephanie Andrews, the girls began working on the award in October, learning many new skills and completing 15 hours of community service.
NEWS
By TOM TITUS | July 6, 2007
He oversaw the transformation of the Laguna Playhouse from a community theater to a professional showplace and guided its fortunes for 17 years, but what Richard Stein really wanted to do was direct. Not that he didn't, and quite impressively on a number of occasions, but Stein's official title at the playhouse was executive director, and his administrative duties left him precious little time to concentrate on creative endeavors. So, he announced last week that he's leaving the playhouse to pursue artistic projects.
NEWS
June 19, 2009
If you haven?t seen ?An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf? at the Laguna Playhouse, I urge you to do so. The playhouse?s aptly titled artistic director, Andrew Barnicle, selected and directs this delightful play by Michael Hollinger. The comedic actors each develop their character, and nothing is as it seems. There are numerous references to Ernest Hemingway and gourmet dishes and there?s the best bullfight sans bull you?ll ever see. We here in Laguna Beach are blessed to have an abundance of art within easy reach.
NEWS
August 22, 2003
Suzie Harrison Started 71 years ago as a week-long festival to attract more people to buy art during the depression, the Festival of Arts has become a world-renowned cultural institution. With a juried fine art exhibition, the Pageant of the Masters and expanding art programs throughout the summer, the festival continues to grow, adding events to its menu for those with an appetite for art. On Sunday, the festival will kick-off its new series at the Forum Theatre from 2 to 4 p.m. called Books Live!
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 10, 2013
Frank Daniel is one of a lucky few who have never been struck by the urge to sneeze, twitch or swat an unassuming bug, at least while on stage. This matters - why? Daniel, 69, a Laguna Beach native, has, for the past quarter-century, donned the garb, makeup and hairpiece of Jesus Christ before freezing for 90 seconds amid apostles as depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper. " This piece marks the yearly finale of the Pageant of the Masters, which honors iconic art in the form of living pictures, or tableaux vivantes . Currently in its 80th year, the pageant will be hosted nightly July 7 through Aug. 31. "Every once in a while, I feel like I'm going to sneeze before we're about to go up," Daniel said, laughing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | September 5, 2012
The Laguna Dance Festival will host Backhausdance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for three performances Friday through Sunday at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. Orange County-based contemporary dance company, Backhausdance, will perform first Friday night. Then, two nationally renowned professional companies - San Francisco-based LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - - will join forces for a shared program on Saturday and Sunday. There will be two pre-performance discussions with company artistic directors one hour prior to the Friday and Sunday performances.
NEWS
By Tom Titus | August 26, 2010
The Laguna Playhouse is gearing up to celebrate its 90th (that's right, 90th) season in 2010-11, but somehow it won't be quite the same as the past 20. Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's popular and highly skilled artistic director, who has held the position since 1991, is calling it a career, at least in Laguna. "I've been thinking about leaving for a while," he said. "With the current season locked up, contracted and running very successfully so far, I felt it was a good time to begin the transition, before getting too far into planning the 2011-12 season.
NEWS
June 19, 2009
If you haven?t seen ?An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf? at the Laguna Playhouse, I urge you to do so. The playhouse?s aptly titled artistic director, Andrew Barnicle, selected and directs this delightful play by Michael Hollinger. The comedic actors each develop their character, and nothing is as it seems. There are numerous references to Ernest Hemingway and gourmet dishes and there?s the best bullfight sans bull you?ll ever see. We here in Laguna Beach are blessed to have an abundance of art within easy reach.
NEWS
June 12, 2009
Girl Scouts win Bronze award Girl Scouts Christine Eidt, Allison Kono, Ashley Brown and Katie Hynson of Laguna Beach Junior Girl Scout Troop 2136 were awarded the Bronze award at the annual Girl Scout Bridging ceremony June 1. The Bronze award is the highest award a Girl Scout at the Junior level can achieve. Under the leadership of Joanna Schoon and Stephanie Andrews, the girls began working on the award in October, learning many new skills and completing 15 hours of community service.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 22, 2008
Laguna Playhouse board members and supporters welcomed Karen Wood into the fold at a reception Sunday evening at Tivoli Too. Wood was named managing director in December, after a national search to fill the position. ?I actually was recruited,? Wood said. ?The board hired a search firm and [two rep- resentatives] called me. ?They said we know you are not looking to move, but the needs of the Playhouse and your skill set are complimentary.? The selection process took about four months, Wood said.
NEWS
By TOM TITUS | July 6, 2007
He oversaw the transformation of the Laguna Playhouse from a community theater to a professional showplace and guided its fortunes for 17 years, but what Richard Stein really wanted to do was direct. Not that he didn't, and quite impressively on a number of occasions, but Stein's official title at the playhouse was executive director, and his administrative duties left him precious little time to concentrate on creative endeavors. So, he announced last week that he's leaving the playhouse to pursue artistic projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | December 16, 2005
And Beth Broderick delivered bravura performance in one-woman show, `Bad Dates,' at Laguna theater. Saving the best for last, the Laguna Playhouse produced an all-out laugh riot with a holiday theme, Bernard Farrell's "Many Happy Returns," this reviewer's selection as the top show at the playhouse in 2005. This production, the fourth of Farrell's plays to receive its American premiere at the playhouse, centered on a planned holiday celebration which turned into hilarious disaster.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Tom Titus Laguna Beach's No Square Theater plunges into its upcoming season with a new artistic director and a lineup of shows that will be refreshingly unfamiliar to most theatergoers. The new lady in charge is Melissa Verdugo, who has taken the reins of the community players after stage managing the company's last production, "Babes in Arms," in July. Her appointment is the culmination of an active and varied training period in both administration and production.
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