THEATER/SNEAK PEEK : `CHILEAN HOLIDAY' A SPICY POLITICAL COMEDY.
A curvaceous cur·va·ceous
Having the curves of a full or voluptuous figure.
cur·vaceous·ly adv. young woman sprawls over two plump cushions, wearing little but a come-hither smile. Across her breasts, draped coyly if somewhat pointlessly, is the Chilean national flag.
This cheeky image, a parody of Goya's famous ``Nude Maja,'' is being used to promote Guillermo Reyes' ``Chilean Holiday,'' ensconced en·sconce
tr.v. en·sconced, en·sconc·ing, en·sconc·es
1. To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably: She ensconced herself in an armchair.
2. through May 25 at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City.
An anti-nostalgia play set during the infamous Pinochet regime, Reyes' comedy teems with bizarre characters and subversive impulses. Directed by Nancy Chris Evans, an original member of Chicago's Steppenwolf company, the cast includes Maria Canals (``Mi Familia''), Jenny Gago (``Dangerous Minds'') and David Barrera (``Murder One'').
The theater is located at 12417 Ventura Court, one block north of Ventura Boulevard. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (213) 660-8587.
The hate-love relationship between Broadway and Hollywood found one of its first - and still best - expressions in 1930. That's when comedy veterans Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman teamed up to write ``Once in a Lifetime.''
Set at the dawn of motion picture talkies, this summer stock staple concerns three starry-eyed East Coast vaudevillians who head West seeking filthy lucre in the new backlot backlot
an area outside a film or television studio used for outdoor filming Babylon.
Catch the pratfalls through May 18 at the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, located in Unit 296 on the second level of the Plaza Pasadena Mall at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Green Street. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and students. For information, call (818) 564-8564.
Born and bred Born and Bred is a light-hearted British drama series that aired for four series on BBC One from 2002 to 2005. It was created by Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCrery. The cast was led by James Bolam and Michael French, who played a father and son who run a cottage hospital in New Yorker though he is, Neil Simon now calls Southern California home. He's been well-represented here, both in film and TV, and six of his plays have had their world premieres at L.A.'s Ahmanson/Mark Taper theaters. Simon also is a major benefactor of the Music Center.
To show its appreciation, Center Theatre Group will honor the playwright at its biannual bi·an·nu·al
1. Happening twice each year; semiannual.
2. Occurring every two years; biennial.
bi·an Angels' Night Gala. Garry Marshall and Sid Caesar, Simon's old-time collaborator, will head up the gala evening at the Century Plaza Hotel The Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles is a landmark 19-story luxury hotel forming a sweeping crescent design fronting the spectacular fountains on Avenue of the Stars adjacent to the twin Century Plaza Towers. . Proceeds will benefit two CTG CTG Cartridge
CTG Center for Technology in Government (SUNY, Albany, New York)
CTG Center for Technology in Government
CTG Computer Task Group (IT consulting company; Buffalo, NY, USA) outreach programs, P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) and Y.A.P. (Young Audiences Program).
Art for art's sake "Art for art's sake" is the usual English rendition of a French slogan, l'art pour l'art, which is credited to Théophile Gautier (1811–1872). Some argue Gautier was not the first to write those words.
More than 60 regional artists will be represented in a May 10 silent and live auction to raise money for the nonprofit Friends of the Junior Arts Center in Barnsdall Art Park. The Junior Arts Center, a facility of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, offers affordable art classes for youth ages 3 to 18.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are $25, including refreshments and entertainment. FOJAC board member and artists Frank Romero will host the event at his L.A. studio, 1325 Blake Ave. For information, call (213) 660-3362.
Remember all those shows you could've kicked yourself for missing? Well, you've been given a reprieve. Extensions have been announced for: ``Two at the Too,'' Mark Taper Forum The Mark Taper Forum is a small thrust stage with 745 seats at the Los Angeles Music Center built by Welton Beckett and Associates. It has presented innovative plays since 1967. The world premiere of Angels In America was produced here. , through May 11; ``The Quick Change Room (Scenes From a Revolution),'' Pacific Resident Theatre, May 25; ``Sylvia,'' Coronet Theatre, June 15; ``The Normal Heart,'' Hudson Backstage, indefinitely; ``There Once Was a Girl From Pawtucket,'' Tiffany Theaters, May 13; ``Bremen Freedom,'' Odyssey Theatre, May 25; ``Speed-the-Plow,'' Odyssey Theatre, May 18; ``Don't Buck With Me,'' Tamarind tamarind (tăm`ərĭnd), tropical ornamental evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to Africa and probably to Asia, but now widely grown in the tropics. Theatre, May 24; ``The Winter's Tale,'' A Noise Within, May 18.
Photo: Neil Simon is being honored by the Center Theatre Group.