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February 14, 2003
Tom Titus There's a definite connection between Irish playwright Bernard Farrell and the Laguna Playhouse. Three years ago, the playhouse introduced American audiences to Farrell's play "Kevin's Bed," which had just made its debut at Ireland's national theater, the Abbey. Last year, Farrell's "Stella by Starlight" also received its U.S. premiere at the Playhouse. Next week, the Laguna Playhouse continues its unique association with Farrell when "Lovers at Versailles" makes its American premiere, fresh from its original production at the Abbey last March.
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By Tom Titus | June 8, 2007
Bernard Farrell and the Laguna Playhouse have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship for several years, but the local theater really caught the brass ring when it commissioned the Irish playwright to write a new comedy which would receive its world premiere in Laguna. The result is "The Verdi Girls," and a funnier piece of theater would be difficult to imagine, original or otherwise. Not since "Many Happy Returns" (another Farrell comedy) last season have the walls of the playhouse reverberated with so much sustained laughter.
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By TOM TITUS | June 1, 2007
cpt-titus01 Farrell, whose latest project, "The Verdi Girls," will receive its world premiere in Laguna this weekend, has had a long and happy association with the playhouse. Four of his plays — "Kevin's Bed," "Stella by Starlight," "Lovers at Versailles" and "Many Happy Returns" — have been produced in the art colony since 2000. "The Verdi Girls," which closes the playhouse's 2006-07 season, will be Farrell's first play to premiere in America, as well as the first one commissioned outside of Ireland.
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By TOM TITUS | November 25, 2005
Christmas -- that time of year when fellowship and joy prevail worldwide -- takes a somewhat different course in Bernard Farrell's outrageously funny new comedy, "Many Happy Returns." In this, the fourth of Farrell's plays to receive its American premiere at the Laguna Playhouse, a planned holiday celebration, coupled with a potential career move upward, turns into hilarious disaster. Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's artistic director who also helmed the first three Farrell premieres in Laguna, has mounted a fresh, brutally farcical take on the holiday season.
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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 | March 10, 2011
When Noel Coward's "Private Lives" takes the stage of the Laguna Playhouse next weekend, it'll mark the end of an era — a 20-year era for its director, Andrew Barnicle. Barnicle signed on back in 1991 as the artistic director of the playhouse and has given local audiences some memorable productions, both as director and sometimes actor. He's hanging up the "artistic director" title following this season, however, and moving on to other venues. But he's promised to return to Laguna on occasion.
NEWS
By Tom Titus | March 17, 2011
All good things must come to an end, and for Andrew Barnicle, his 20-year stint as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse winds up with his revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," opening this weekend. For Barnicle, the past two decades have been filled with challenges, effectively counterbalanced by a goodly number of laughs — including, he promises, the current production. "There hasn't been a local professional production (of 'Private Lives') in some time, and it's funny as hell," the director said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | May 25, 2007
Putting on the world premiere of a work by a playwright of international renown is no small task for any regional theater, even the Laguna Playhouse. Andrew Barnicle has been artistic director at the playhouse for more than 15 years. With more than 30 playhouse productions under his belt, he has directed Shakespeare, Steve Martin, David Mamet, W. Somerset Maugham and more. But now his task is to introduce Bernard Farrell's new play, "The Verdi Girls," to the world. The show opens next weekend.
NEWS
By By Cindy Frazier | December 2, 2005
Gift from Suzanne and James Mellor, largest ever for theater, will allow long-planned expansion project to move ahead.The Laguna Playhouse has received a pledge of $5 million from Suzanne and James R. Mellor of Laguna Beach. The money will be used for a long-planned expansion of the nonprofit theater organization. This is the largest gift in the history of the Laguna Playhouse and may be the largest philanthropic contribution ever made to a nonprofit organization in Laguna Beach, said Richard Stein, executive director.
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By Tom Titus | March 17, 2011
All good things must come to an end, and for Andrew Barnicle, his 20-year stint as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse winds up with his revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," opening this weekend. For Barnicle, the past two decades have been filled with challenges, effectively counterbalanced by a goodly number of laughs — including, he promises, the current production. "There hasn't been a local professional production (of 'Private Lives') in some time, and it's funny as hell," the director said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | March 10, 2011
When Noel Coward's "Private Lives" takes the stage of the Laguna Playhouse next weekend, it'll mark the end of an era — a 20-year era for its director, Andrew Barnicle. Barnicle signed on back in 1991 as the artistic director of the playhouse and has given local audiences some memorable productions, both as director and sometimes actor. He's hanging up the "artistic director" title following this season, however, and moving on to other venues. But he's promised to return to Laguna on occasion.
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
By Tom Titus | June 8, 2007
Bernard Farrell and the Laguna Playhouse have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship for several years, but the local theater really caught the brass ring when it commissioned the Irish playwright to write a new comedy which would receive its world premiere in Laguna. The result is "The Verdi Girls," and a funnier piece of theater would be difficult to imagine, original or otherwise. Not since "Many Happy Returns" (another Farrell comedy) last season have the walls of the playhouse reverberated with so much sustained laughter.
NEWS
By TOM TITUS | June 1, 2007
cpt-titus01 Farrell, whose latest project, "The Verdi Girls," will receive its world premiere in Laguna this weekend, has had a long and happy association with the playhouse. Four of his plays — "Kevin's Bed," "Stella by Starlight," "Lovers at Versailles" and "Many Happy Returns" — have been produced in the art colony since 2000. "The Verdi Girls," which closes the playhouse's 2006-07 season, will be Farrell's first play to premiere in America, as well as the first one commissioned outside of Ireland.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | May 25, 2007
Putting on the world premiere of a work by a playwright of international renown is no small task for any regional theater, even the Laguna Playhouse. Andrew Barnicle has been artistic director at the playhouse for more than 15 years. With more than 30 playhouse productions under his belt, he has directed Shakespeare, Steve Martin, David Mamet, W. Somerset Maugham and more. But now his task is to introduce Bernard Farrell's new play, "The Verdi Girls," to the world. The show opens next weekend.
NEWS
By By Cindy Frazier | December 2, 2005
Gift from Suzanne and James Mellor, largest ever for theater, will allow long-planned expansion project to move ahead.The Laguna Playhouse has received a pledge of $5 million from Suzanne and James R. Mellor of Laguna Beach. The money will be used for a long-planned expansion of the nonprofit theater organization. This is the largest gift in the history of the Laguna Playhouse and may be the largest philanthropic contribution ever made to a nonprofit organization in Laguna Beach, said Richard Stein, executive director.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | November 25, 2005
Christmas -- that time of year when fellowship and joy prevail worldwide -- takes a somewhat different course in Bernard Farrell's outrageously funny new comedy, "Many Happy Returns." In this, the fourth of Farrell's plays to receive its American premiere at the Laguna Playhouse, a planned holiday celebration, coupled with a potential career move upward, turns into hilarious disaster. Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's artistic director who also helmed the first three Farrell premieres in Laguna, has mounted a fresh, brutally farcical take on the holiday season.
NEWS
February 14, 2003
Tom Titus There's a definite connection between Irish playwright Bernard Farrell and the Laguna Playhouse. Three years ago, the playhouse introduced American audiences to Farrell's play "Kevin's Bed," which had just made its debut at Ireland's national theater, the Abbey. Last year, Farrell's "Stella by Starlight" also received its U.S. premiere at the Playhouse. Next week, the Laguna Playhouse continues its unique association with Farrell when "Lovers at Versailles" makes its American premiere, fresh from its original production at the Abbey last March.
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