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Steinbeck work revived at Carmel's Forest Theater.

Steinbeck work revived at Carmel's Forest Theater

California's oldest outdoor theater celebrates its 76th birthday this summer with a season that includes the rarely performed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. Based on the 1954 novel Sweet Thursday, by Monterey County resident John Steinbeck, the story is a sequel to Cannery Row and features many of the same characters.

Run by volunteers (except for a professional director), the Forest Theater opened in 1908, though it hasn't operated continuously. It has changed little since then: long wooden bench seats step up the small outdoor bowl. Tall pines back the stage, and two warming bonfires flank the audience (nights can get chilly here; dress warmly).

The season opens June 19 with The Madwoman of Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux, which runs through July 19. Pipe Dream runs July 31 through August 30. Plays are performed at 8 P.M. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; the box office opens at 7:30. There are no reserved seats; tickets are available at the door and in advance by mail from the Forest Theater Guild, Box 2325, Carmel 93921, or from Center Stage Ticketing, (408) 649-5561. Tickets cost $6, $4 for seniors and students. The theater is at Mountain View Avenue and Santa Rita Street.

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Date:Jun 1, 1986
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