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April 23, 2011
Laguna Beach's Pageant of the Masters has found a new voice. Richard Doyle has taken over as narrator. Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy announced in a news release last week that the founding artist at South Coast Repertory would now be the voice behind the production during this summer's "Only Make Believe. " Doyle is replacing 17-year veteran Skip Conover, who announced his retirement after last year's "Eat, Drink and Be Merry. " No stranger to the stage, Doyle acted in nearly 200 productions at South Coast Rep, including "A Christmas Carol," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Weir.
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Time is the truest test of a relationship, and at South Coast Repertory, a half-dozen members of its acting company have stood that test with flying colors. Six of the actors who perform in SCR's production of "Much Ado About Nothing," which will open in previews this weekend, have devoted a combined total of 213 years to the company. Five are founding members who helped to start the troupe in 1964, while the other is a comparative rookie with only 28 years of service.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 13, 2007
Before the first actor appears on stage, you're aware that "My Wandering Boy" is not about to make himself known — there's no actor credited in the role of Emmett Boudin, the title character in Julie Marie Myatt's strange but intriguing play now in its world premiere at South Coast Repertory. The intrigue lies in the quest to locate Emmett, an exemplary young man who touched a number of lives, then seems to have vanished off the face of the earth. Does the fact that he's just inherited some $2 million from his grandmother have anything to do with his disappearance?
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By TOM TITUS | June 21, 2007
It took 43 years for South Coast Repertory to get around to staging "Hamlet," not by accident but by design. The company chose to wait until all its creative stars were ideally aligned before attempting to scale this Everest of the theater. It has been worth the wait. The current production of Shakespeare's masterwork — familiar though it may be through countless nonprofessional thrusts and parries — strides brilliantly onto the theater's Segerstrom Stage in a visceral assault on both the mind and the heart.
NEWS
March 19, 2004
Tom Titus Producing Alan Ayckbourn's "Intimate Exchanges" is somewhat like ordering from a Chinese menu. You can pick what you like, and if you change your mind, you can always substitute. South Coast Repertory mounted this English comedy -- which has no fewer than 16 separate plot variations -- 11 years ago to great success on the old Second Stage. Now the play is once again at SCR with the same two-character cast. Nothing has changed -- except the plot devices, the entire second act being completely different from the 1993 version.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | February 24, 2006
If you want to capture a young person's attention on stage, the visuals are often more important than the plot. In this regard, South Coast Repertory fulfills its mission splendidly with its Theater for Young Audiences presentation of "The Adventures of Por Quinly." Costume designer Angela Balogh Calin has come up with some extremely eye-catching and fanciful outfits to decorate Quincy Long's "Alice in Wonderland"-style fantasy, and the company's professional performers gleefully supply the overindulgence required to maintain the kids' attention once it's caught by the often-outrageous outer garments.
NEWS
December 5, 2003
Tom Titus This is the first in a series of columns reviewing the year 2003 in local theater. South Coast Repertory traveled to the ends of the earth, and occasionally beyond, during 2003 as the company came through its first full year with both of its main stages fully operational. Both the remodeled Segerstrom Stage and the newly constructed Julianne Argyros Stage offered some challenging and viscerally involving theater during the year as the company approached its 40th birthday.
NEWS
January 9, 2003
Tom Titus Back when South Coast Repertory was in its infancy, Richard Doyle was among the young, dynamic company of actors that exuded artistic energy by the bushel. Today, nearly 40 years later, Doyle remains one of the linchpins of SCR's acting troupe, but now he specializes in parts written for more mature performers, such as the mathematical genius flirting with senility in David Auburn's "Proof," which opens on the Segerstrom Stage this weekend.
NEWS
September 12, 2003
Tom Titus Alfred Uhry may not our most prolific playwright, but he's become one of our most noteworthy. He wrote his first play, "Driving Miss Daisy," at the age of 48 -- and won the Pulitzer Prize for it. Now this relative newcomer to his craft is the only "triple crown" playwright -- holder of the Pulitzer, an Oscar (for the screenplay of "Daisy") and a Tony award. The latter honor came for his second play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," which South Coast Repertory has chosen to inaugurate what the company bills as its 40th season (39th locally)
NEWS
September 16, 1999
Tom Titus George Bernard Shaw's 'The Philanderer' is truly a play for the '90s -- the 1890s, that is. Only through the magic of South Coast Repertory's immaculate production does it become a relevant exercise for audiences braced for the new millennium. Visiting the realm of Shaw -- which SCR has done with regularity over the past 35 years -- requires a bit of mental conditioning. The playwright places his characters on soap boxes (literally, in the case of 'The Philanderer')
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April 23, 2011
Laguna Beach's Pageant of the Masters has found a new voice. Richard Doyle has taken over as narrator. Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy announced in a news release last week that the founding artist at South Coast Repertory would now be the voice behind the production during this summer's "Only Make Believe. " Doyle is replacing 17-year veteran Skip Conover, who announced his retirement after last year's "Eat, Drink and Be Merry. " No stranger to the stage, Doyle acted in nearly 200 productions at South Coast Rep, including "A Christmas Carol," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Weir.
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By Tom Titus | March 24, 2011
No world culture has had more impact on South Coast Repertory's choice of plays over its first 45 years than the Irish. There's just something about the Emerald Isle that brings out the robustness in an SCR production. The company's latest import from Ireland is "The Weir," Conor McPherson's modern tale of four tipsy Irishmen spinning ghost stories from the past between drinks at a rural pub. Director Warner Shook's production reeks of atmosphere, dotted by superlative interpretations, but playwright McPherson has provided little else in the way of cohesion to stitch the story together.
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By Candice Baker | November 25, 2010
"A Christmas Carol" may at first seem like odd fodder for South Coast Repertory, which is known for tackling edgier, perhaps more difficult work. "I suppose, in a way, that it's a bit of holiday pageantry that we sort of take a sidestep away from our normal season," founding repertory member Richard Doyle said. Doyle and other fellow veteran actors like Hal Landon Jr., who has played Ebeneezer Scrooge for 31 years, have seen generations grow up with the production, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | June 21, 2007
It took 43 years for South Coast Repertory to get around to staging "Hamlet," not by accident but by design. The company chose to wait until all its creative stars were ideally aligned before attempting to scale this Everest of the theater. It has been worth the wait. The current production of Shakespeare's masterwork — familiar though it may be through countless nonprofessional thrusts and parries — strides brilliantly onto the theater's Segerstrom Stage in a visceral assault on both the mind and the heart.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 13, 2007
Before the first actor appears on stage, you're aware that "My Wandering Boy" is not about to make himself known — there's no actor credited in the role of Emmett Boudin, the title character in Julie Marie Myatt's strange but intriguing play now in its world premiere at South Coast Repertory. The intrigue lies in the quest to locate Emmett, an exemplary young man who touched a number of lives, then seems to have vanished off the face of the earth. Does the fact that he's just inherited some $2 million from his grandmother have anything to do with his disappearance?
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | September 15, 2006
  There is little in the first act, or even in its closing moments, to justify South Coast Repertory's selection of George F. Walker's "Nothing Sacred" to lead off its new season. But early in the play's second act, things begin to look up considerably. Shortly after intermission, and lasting until an ill-conceived dueling scene turns the play south again, "Nothing Sacred" crackles with biting irony and robust character development, almost as though the creation of that segment had been assigned to more imaginative hands.
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By TOM TITUS | February 24, 2006
If you want to capture a young person's attention on stage, the visuals are often more important than the plot. In this regard, South Coast Repertory fulfills its mission splendidly with its Theater for Young Audiences presentation of "The Adventures of Por Quinly." Costume designer Angela Balogh Calin has come up with some extremely eye-catching and fanciful outfits to decorate Quincy Long's "Alice in Wonderland"-style fantasy, and the company's professional performers gleefully supply the overindulgence required to maintain the kids' attention once it's caught by the often-outrageous outer garments.
NEWS
December 3, 2004
Tom Titus The more things change, they say, the more they stay the same. Case in point: Back in 1980, South Coast Repertory was preparing to mount a new production of "A Christmas Carol" with John-David Keller directing and Hal Landon Jr. taking the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Well, 25 years later, Keller and Landon still are doing their respective things, as they've done for the past quarter century, and Charles Dickens' classic tale, adapted for the stage by South Coast Repertory's Jerry Patch, continues to entertain local audiences.
NEWS
March 19, 2004
Tom Titus Producing Alan Ayckbourn's "Intimate Exchanges" is somewhat like ordering from a Chinese menu. You can pick what you like, and if you change your mind, you can always substitute. South Coast Repertory mounted this English comedy -- which has no fewer than 16 separate plot variations -- 11 years ago to great success on the old Second Stage. Now the play is once again at SCR with the same two-character cast. Nothing has changed -- except the plot devices, the entire second act being completely different from the 1993 version.
NEWS
December 5, 2003
Tom Titus This is the first in a series of columns reviewing the year 2003 in local theater. South Coast Repertory traveled to the ends of the earth, and occasionally beyond, during 2003 as the company came through its first full year with both of its main stages fully operational. Both the remodeled Segerstrom Stage and the newly constructed Julianne Argyros Stage offered some challenging and viscerally involving theater during the year as the company approached its 40th birthday.
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