COSTA MESA ? A week ago, Estancia High School debuted this year's student-written sketch comedy show, "Waiting for Hurwitz." On Thursday evening, at its fourth performance, the play took on an unexpected twist.
Hurwitz showed up.
Every year, Pauline Maranian's drama students put together a two-hour revue of sketches, songs and dances that skewer both modern culture and school life. This time, the show has an unusual premise, as the characters have invited TV writer Mitch Hurwitz ? a 1981 Estancia graduate and the author of the school's first sketch revue ? to attend their performance. Needless to say, he never arrives.
On Thursday, though, the school held a special show for alumni of its theater department and invited Hurwitz. It was a rare case of life imitating art; until minutes before curtain time, the cast wasn't sure if he would make it. In the end, though, the creator of the TV comedy series "Arrested Development" came out and took a bow ? giving "Waiting for Hurwitz" a one-time happy ending.