Faculty In the News

Humorous Empathy from North Coast Rep

David Dixon reviews North Coast Repertory Theatre video production of Human Error, directed by Jane Page, professor of directing in the department of drama, for San Diego Story.

"Before North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Zoom video production of Human Error begins, Artistic Director David Ellenstein states in his introduction that the West Coast Premiere is a “timely” one. As audiences spend time with the main characters, it becomes clear why Ellenstein used that word.

Hopeful parents, liberal Michigan yoga teacher, Madelyn (Allison Spratt Pearce) and her academic comedy researcher husband, Keenan (Terrell Donnell Sledge), have a life changing meeting with the inept Dr. Hoskins (Martin Kildare) at a fertility clinic. The negligent doctor reveals that their embryo was accidentally placed inside an Ohio homemaker, Heather (Jacque Wilke).

Madelyn and Keenan are soon introduced to the conservative Heather and her Ohio State football and gun-...

Director Jane Page On HUMAN ERROR & New Forms of Storytelling

Broadway World Los Angeles interviews department of drama's Prof. Jane Page regarding her new project, HUMAN ERROR.

"North Coast Rep's west coast premiere of playwright Eric Pfeffinger's HUMAN ERROR will go on as originally planned, only in these times of social distancing, being presented online from June 15 through June 29, 2020. HUMAN ERROR's a comedy of a medical mix-up that brings two couples of opposing life views together. Cast includes: Allison Spratt Pearce, Terrell Donnell Sledge, Max Macke, Jacque Wilke, and Martin Kildare."

Read the entire feature at www.broadwayworld.com here.

The Spirit of Revolution Thrives in UCI Performance of Hollywood and the Red Scare

Scott Feinblatt, from the Irvine Weekly, reviews "Hollywood and the Red Scare" presented by the Department of Drama's Prof. Robin Buck and a creative team from the opera community at UCI's Winifred Smith Hall.

Assistant professor of drama wins NEH grant

Tara Rodman, UCI assistant professor of drama, has won a 2018 Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $60,000 grant will enable her to research and write a book about the international career of Japanese dancer and choreographer Ito Michio (1893-1961). The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan are a joint activity of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the NEH. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international affairs and U.S.-Japan relations.

- Pat Harriman, UCI News

L.A. Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’

Professor Holly Poe Durbin is the costume designer for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ presentation of “Henry IV.”

Rauch delivers a rousing ‘Oklahoma!’

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Bill Rauch’s production of “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein is a total delight. That’s not too surprising; when you put together a person of Rauch’s creative insight and a classic musical as vaunted as this one, it’s bound to please, and it does, with a warm audience reception that manifests with roaring applause from the very first song and continues until the end of the show. Costuming is wonderful, and casting is spectacular — and a talented sextet under conductor Daniel Gary Busby provides superb accompaniment to the action.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival review: ‘Oklahoma!’ a rousing and poignant work

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical “Oklahoma!” is a beautifully realized experience that dazzles from start to finish. 

The musical numbers here are vibrant and well executed, with a live band led by conductor Daniel Gary Busby bringing this classical score vibrantly alive. 

“Oklahoma!” opened Sunday, April 22 at the Angus Bowmer Theatre at OSF in Ashland, Oregon, and runs until Oct. 27.

Contemplating ‘Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County’ at UC Irvine

The first actress you encounter in the compact lobby exhibit “Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County” at UC Irvine’s Langson Library is Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth. In the reproduction of a painting by John Singer Sargent, Terry wears one of the most notorious costumes in Shakespearean leading-lady history: The dress has a crocheted layer in green wool and metallic blue thread, but its eye-catching iridescence is provided by a thousand green beetles’ wings. (They are routinely shed, not ripped off the insect.)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! Opens April 22 with Daniel Gary Busby as Music Director

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, on April 22 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Preview performances are April 18, 20 and 21, and the musical runs through Oct. 27. Music direction for Oklahoma! is by Daniel Gary Busby.

UC Irvine exhibit spotlights Shakespearean stage costuming for women

Marcy Froehlich, professor and costume designer with the drama department, presented a keynote lecture April 5 during the opening night of UCI Libraries' 2018 Spring Exhibit, "Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County," a collection running through the end of September that features pieces used in various Shakespearean productions at UCI — including the summertime New Swan Theater productions — and newly acquired materials from the late Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska who made her home in Orange County.