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January 13, 2000
Alex Coolman A new theater group is set to showcase plays at the Lab Anti-Mall, starting in February. The company will perform in the space formerly occupied by the Theater District, which ended its run in December. The new company, Trilogy Playhouse, will hold auditions this month for its first production. Trilogy, the new incarnation of what had been the Laguna Niguel Playhouse in Laguna Niguel, will move in to the space Sunday. Alicia Butler, director of the playhouse, said the organization lost its lease in its old city and was unable to locate an appropriate alternative venue before coming to Costa Mesa.
NEWS
November 20, 1999
Tom Titus WANTED: Building to rent in Costa Mesa, suitable for theatrical productions, approximately 2,300 square feet, well-insulated with raised ceiling for rental of between $1,000 and $1,200 per month. Contact Mario or Joan Lescot at (714) 435-4043. This ad, or something similar, may well be appearing soon on these pages. Otherwise Costa Mesa may lose one of its finer theater groups. The Theater District is looking for new -- and less-expensive -- quarters.
NEWS
August 31, 2003
It used to be that the closest Costa Mesa got to national publicity was when South Coast Plaza was mentioned in ads for high-end stores. That is no longer true. Today, with the growth of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa routinely sits alongside other major theater venues, including New York, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles. It is not unusual for a show that is making only a handful of stops to play at the Performing Arts Center.
NEWS
February 21, 2000
Usually an event is named for someone prominent after they pass away. This is not the case for 85-year-old Clement L. Hirsch of Newport Beach. Hirsch, who founded Cal-Can dog food, learned last week that a premiere horse race will be named in his honor. Formerly named the Chula Vista Handicap, the race will be now known as the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The $300,000 stakes race is exclusively for fillies and mares. Hirsch has been a prominent force in the horse-racing industry.
NEWS
December 28, 2002
Deepa Bharath Unless they're rehearsing for a mystery, Trilogy Playhouse is gone. The theater that set up shop in the Lab Anti-Mall in February 2000 has dropped its curtains and disappeared without a trace, except for the sign that still hangs in front of the building. The phone line to the playhouse has been disconnected. The same with the home phone of the playhouse's founder, Alicia Butler. Gordon Marhoefer, who had been cast in the theater's pre-Christmas play "Inspecting Carol," a spoof of the Dickensian classic, got word barely two weeks before the premiere.
NEWS
September 23, 1999
Tom Titus What Robert Harling did with a quintet of Southern women in "Steel Magnolias," fellow playwright Alan Ball has done, and then some, in "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," the current production of the Theater District in Costa Mesa. The setting is a bit north, in Knoxville, Tenn., but the flavor is much the same -- five ladies venting against parents, siblings and, in particular, the opposite sex. In Ball's tightly woven play, the quintet are bridesmaids, identically garbed in flowery purple gowns suggesting a 1950s prom.
NEWS
January 22, 2000
Tom Titus The Theater District may be gone from the Lab Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa, but theater itself remains alive and kicking. Next month, there'll be a new group at the old address -- the Trilogy Playhouse, which will introduce itself with a production of Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" Feb. 24. Although this will be the first production under the Trilogy banner, the group itself has been around a few years. The community theater was born in Laguna Niguel in 1993 and has heretofore been known as the Laguna Niguel Playhouse.
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By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 12, 2013
After more than an hour of heated debate Tuesday night, Newport-Mesa school officials failed to decide how to allocate $15.8 million of one-time facilities money among the district's high schools. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of trustees voted 4 to 3 to postpone discussion about the funds until Nov. 1 and create an equity committee to assist the board with divvying up the the amount remaining from the original $25 million in facilities money. The trustees previously approved $9.2 million to go to Newport Harbor High School for its sports stadium.
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NEWS
August 31, 2003
It used to be that the closest Costa Mesa got to national publicity was when South Coast Plaza was mentioned in ads for high-end stores. That is no longer true. Today, with the growth of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa routinely sits alongside other major theater venues, including New York, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles. It is not unusual for a show that is making only a handful of stops to play at the Performing Arts Center.
NEWS
December 28, 2002
Deepa Bharath Unless they're rehearsing for a mystery, Trilogy Playhouse is gone. The theater that set up shop in the Lab Anti-Mall in February 2000 has dropped its curtains and disappeared without a trace, except for the sign that still hangs in front of the building. The phone line to the playhouse has been disconnected. The same with the home phone of the playhouse's founder, Alicia Butler. Gordon Marhoefer, who had been cast in the theater's pre-Christmas play "Inspecting Carol," a spoof of the Dickensian classic, got word barely two weeks before the premiere.
NEWS
December 23, 2000
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is second in a series reviewing this year's local theater scene. Local theater aficionados bade farewell to one community theater group and welcomed another in the same location this year. Mario Lescot's splendid Theater District closed out its five-year run at 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, on New Year's Eve, to be replaced the next day with a transplanted troupe from Laguna Niguel -- the Trilogy Playhouse. Meanwhile, the other two community theater groups in our backyard distinguished themselves quite nicely.
NEWS
July 20, 2000
Tom Titus If there exists such a thing as a children's allegory, then Orange Coast College has discovered it. OCC's Children's Theater Company is offering a translation of the French fable "The Little Prince" at the college's spacious Robert B. Moore Theatre. This is not to be confused with that other French fable at the Orange County Performing Arts Center -- a little thing called "Beauty and the Beast." Adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 novelette, which has enjoyed worldwide popularity, "Little Prince" is both appealing and mystifying as it weaves its fragile tale of a stranded aviator in the Sahara Desert (not the ideal place to be in 1943)
NEWS
February 21, 2000
Usually an event is named for someone prominent after they pass away. This is not the case for 85-year-old Clement L. Hirsch of Newport Beach. Hirsch, who founded Cal-Can dog food, learned last week that a premiere horse race will be named in his honor. Formerly named the Chula Vista Handicap, the race will be now known as the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The $300,000 stakes race is exclusively for fillies and mares. Hirsch has been a prominent force in the horse-racing industry.
NEWS
January 22, 2000
Tom Titus The Theater District may be gone from the Lab Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa, but theater itself remains alive and kicking. Next month, there'll be a new group at the old address -- the Trilogy Playhouse, which will introduce itself with a production of Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" Feb. 24. Although this will be the first production under the Trilogy banner, the group itself has been around a few years. The community theater was born in Laguna Niguel in 1993 and has heretofore been known as the Laguna Niguel Playhouse.
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