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May 9, 2003
Referred to as "The Uncanny X-Men," circa the Stan Lee era, the filmmakers for the sequel to the "X-Men" movie were as canny, crafty and creative as conceivable in converting Marvel comic's marvelous comic book series to the silver screen-again. All viewers were rapt in the blending of fabulous characters with edge-of-your-seat suspense. Whether it be Pyro's wrathful inferno, Iceman's glacial fury, Night Crawler's teleported acrobatic aerial assaults, or Lady Death Strike's pernicious claws, the addition of these mutants was crucial to keeping the audience riveted to their seats.
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By Candice Baker | April 28, 2008
Who:   The Gray Foundation of Theatrical Arts What: “The Plastiques in the Audition” When: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 26 and 27 Where: Forum Theatre, Festival of Arts grounds How Much: $12 adults, $8 children under 12 Information: (714) 434-6753 or www.kurogoproductions.com Flying monkeys, black-lit fish and plastiogenetically engineered theater aficionados will descend upon the Forum Theatre this weekend, when The Plastiques return in their second show, “The Audition.
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May 3, 2002
Diane and Igal Silber "Changing Lanes," a film starring Samuel L Jackson and Ben Affleck, could have been even better than it was. This is a slick, fast-paced exploration of two characters battling within themselves to find their own moral compasses while dealing with the often murky and slippery world they inhabit. Unfortunately, the movie feels shallow and superficial. Samuel Jackson plays against type as a gentle family man struggling against his past alcoholism and bouts of uncontrolled anger.
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By TOM TITUS | January 12, 2007
Don't confuse "The Pursuit of Happiness" — the world premiere comedy at the Laguna Playhouse — with the current Will Smith movie of approximately the same name (the flick spells "Happiness" with a y). The "pursuit" on the local stage centers around a middle-aged woman's desperate attempts to get her daughter enrolled in college — even if it kills them both and vaporizes mama's marriage in the process. Written by Richard Dresser — previously represented in Laguna by "Gun-Shy," "Wonderful World" and "Rounding Third" — "Pursuit" is the second increment in a Dresser trilogy about happiness in America.
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By Tom Titus | January 16, 2009
Jules Verne’s characters may have taken the better part of three months to circumnavigate the globe, but on that same journey at the Laguna Playhouse, time flies because we’re having fun. “Around the World in 80 Days,” Verne’s famed 19th century novel, given the silver screen treatment a half-century ago by showman Michael Todd, is now a stage production — and a jolly one — re-imagined by playwright Mark...
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May 7, 2004
Tom Titus Unpredictable, exasperating, boisterous and independent. That's Ramona Quimby, always aggravating her older sister and constantly getting into trouble. She's been doing so since the 1950s, delighting young readers around the world. This weekend, the Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theater will bring this contentious young lady to the stage in its final production of the season, aptly titled "Ramona Quimby." "Ramona Quimby is one of the most beloved characters in contemporary children's literature," said Donna Inglima, who's directing the show.
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February 28, 2003
Tom Titus Playgoers attending the American premiere of "Lovers at Versailles" at the Laguna Playhouse may expect to see a story set in France against the backdrop of a certain palace. Hopefully, they won't be too disappointed to find that the characters -- all but one anyway -- never really get out of Dublin, Ireland. Irish playwright Bernard Farrell is "being cute" with his title, basing it on one character's misunderstanding of a lyric from the Frank Sinatra melody "Strangers in the Night."
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By JAMES PRIBRAM | April 20, 2007
Every once in a while I see a wonderful reminder of the old Laguna, as I did yesterday — it made me smile and then laugh. Ice cream Wendy was driving down Coast Highway, in what was once a vehicle driven by our meter maids, and has now been retrofitted into a mobile ice cream machine. It's a kind of scooter, a three-wheel machine. I don't know what you'd call it, but "classic." In a time when most people are driving big fancy cars there's Wendy cruising the highway in her three-wheeler, with a little yellow siren on top, painted or plastered with stickers of the different types of ice cream that Wendy sells.
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By Michael Miller | October 17, 2013
Mark Twain is coming to the Laguna Playhouse this fall - and to the savvy viewer, he's bringing Jim Morrison, Doc Holliday and Batman with him. The playhouse announced last week that Val Kilmer, who has a long track record of playing iconic characters on film, will bring his one-man show, "Citizen Twain" - during which he impersonates the "Huckleberry Finn" author - for a brief engagement from Nov. 21 to 24. The show has played at several venues...
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By Michael Miller | July 8, 2013
There's a moment in the 1976 comedy "Silent Movie" in which Mel Brooks, playing a Hollywood director, calls the French mime Marcel Marceau and offers him a part. Brooks asks the question through title cards - it's a silent movie, after all - only to have Marceau, a man expected to be mute under any circumstances, audibly reply, "No!" I thought of that gag Saturday at the Pageant of the Masters when the "living picture" models, who typically hide behind makeup and lighting and look as non-lifelike as possible, broke character and moved.
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By Joanna Clay | January 12, 2012
It's Wednesday night in a Costa Mesa warehouse. For The Gromble, that means rehearsing until 1 a.m. The Laguna Niguel-based rock band is preparing for its potential recognition at the Orange County Music Awards. The Gromble's Detroit Bar showcase on Jan. 3 proved successful, with a packed house and positive reviews. They're also gearing up to finish their latest album, which they hope to have out by the time the awards show comes in March. The band is fronted by Spencer Askin, 21, who not only does vocals but also plays guitar and the occasional trumpet.
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By Tom Titus | January 16, 2009
Jules Verne’s characters may have taken the better part of three months to circumnavigate the globe, but on that same journey at the Laguna Playhouse, time flies because we’re having fun. “Around the World in 80 Days,” Verne’s famed 19th century novel, given the silver screen treatment a half-century ago by showman Michael Todd, is now a stage production — and a jolly one — re-imagined by playwright Mark...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | April 28, 2008
Who:   The Gray Foundation of Theatrical Arts What: “The Plastiques in the Audition” When: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 26 and 27 Where: Forum Theatre, Festival of Arts grounds How Much: $12 adults, $8 children under 12 Information: (714) 434-6753 or www.kurogoproductions.com Flying monkeys, black-lit fish and plastiogenetically engineered theater aficionados will descend upon the Forum Theatre this weekend, when The Plastiques return in their second show, “The Audition.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | April 4, 2008
All’s fair in love and Laguna, where kids at El Morro Elementary have spent the month learning about fairness. Character Counts has become a popular program at El Morro Elementary this year, where kids have learned about a different character trait each month. The founder of the Character Counts program, Michael Josephson, will speak at the Artists’ Theatre from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 16. Admission is $5, and child care is available for $5 per child. Josephson, a nationally broadcast radio ethicist, will speak on how to help kids develop strong character.
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By Derek Ostensen | October 12, 2007
Many residents were shocked and dismayed last week to learn that Goko was being replaced by the formula-based, assembly-line style Quiznos. Most of us assumed our city policies prevented such a clear departure from our focus on village character and resident serving businesses. A closer look revealed that our Downtown Specific Plan, which prevents franchises such as this, extends only to Legion Street, leaving a great deal more of our beloved village susceptible to the type of homogenization and diminishment of village character embodied by franchise chains like Quiznos.
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By Candice Baker | October 5, 2007
I’m not going to lie to you. Upon first hearing that Laguna College of Art & Design was presenting an exhibit on art from Blizzard Entertainment’s role-playing games, my nose rose further into the air than my eyebrows did. I went to the show with trepidation, conjuring visions in my mind of scantily-clad Draenei warrior chicks with ponderous chests and equally ponderous Mithril axes, generic orc/troll/trogg creatures covered in...
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By Tom Titus | September 17, 2007
No playwright has said more in under 90 minutes than Yasmina Reza does in "Art," the latest production at the Laguna Playhouse. And said it in so many different ways. "Art," translated from the French and somewhat anglicized by Christopher Hampton, is, on its surface, a comedy about a man who buys an expensive painting — all white — and tries to impress his dubious friends. But there’s much more bubbling under the surface, and much of it is far from comical.
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