March 15, 2000
BURBANK -- The Victory Theatre's world premiere of Lee Murphy's comedy "Monkey Grass," directed by Maria Gobetti, opens March 30. In 1995, Murphy received the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for best writing of a world premiere play for "Catch A Falling Star" produced by The Victory. It is the first play of a trilogy about a Texas family. "Monkey Grass" is the second in the series. Letha Messbaum, is the Hollywood producer of the mega-hit action adventure films "Die" and "Die Harder."
August 22, 2001
Dink O'Neal, Enjoy! BURBANK -- If faced with the weighty responsibility of having inadvertently affected world history for the worse, what would you do? Such is the dilemma of five participants in "The War Game" playing at Burbank's ironically named Victory Theatre. Authors Ashley Scott Meyers and Jeffry E. Stein have crafted a story reminiscent of "Twilight Zone" episodes wherein the mundane often leads to the catastrophic. Gathering in a Los Angeles-area home, a quintet of weekend gamers prepare for a risk-like contest in which World War II is recreated and determined by the roll of dice and the movement of miniature armed forces.
November 14, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Victory Theatre co-founder receives Doolittle Award BURBANK -- Tom Ormeny, co-founder of the Victory Theatre in Burbank, has received the Theatre L.A.'s James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre. Ormeny co-founded and built the Victory Theatre in 1979 and continues today as its artistic co-director with his wife, director and acting coach Maria Gobetti. The theater has produced more than 50 world premieres. Recently, Ormeny wrote and produced the play "Life on the Line," which premiered at the Victory.
October 3, 2002
Janine Marnien Several area arts organizations are a little richer, thanks to awards from the California Arts Council. The council dispersed a total of $4 million in funds to 664 nonprofit organizations statewide, including The Alex Theatre and Pacific Serenades of Glendale and Robey Theatre Company and The Victory Theatre in Burbank. The news came as a surprise to several of the local recipients. "We're particularly grateful because of the huge cut," said Mark Carlson, artistic director at Pacific Serenade, a $4,000 recipient.
November 24, 2001
Jose Ruiz, Weekend BURBANK -- David Mamet's work always stimulates discussion -- even arguments, and this archetypal play, "Oleanna," is controversy personified to the core. The Little Victory Theatre in Burbank has mounted this gritty presentation of the familiar story where a pompous college professor is accused of sexual harassment by a female student. Her accusations to the tenure committee cause him to lose his job, the home he is about to buy, presumably his family and in the end, the existence he had worked to build over the last 20 years.
May 12, 2007
Strong acting is the backbone of The Victory Theatre's current play, "Taking Care," which is an intensely personal, brutally honest, highly praiseworthy play about how some families aren't always warm or close or loving or happy. It's about an atypical Jewish mother and her atypical, live-at-home, middle-aged, mentally ill son, who refuses to take his medications. It's also a play about people who are never seen, but are always felt onstage — like the sisters who don't want to visit and the neighbors who don't want to help.
June 25, 2008
Much like the classic television show “Hogan’s Heroes” mined all the humor possible from something as truly awful as life in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp, “My Old Friends,” currently running at the Victory Theatre in Burbank, mines all the humor possible from something as truly awful as life at the Golden Days Retirement Hotel, circa 1979. As the title implies, the main characters are old, and they are friends. But the play’s title isn’t really about how well nine residents bond together to overcome the patronizing and suppressive attitude of the never-seen, always-present hotel director, Mrs. Stone.
November 28, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Glendale News-Press, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ONSTAGE ?A Christmas Carol,? a musical adaptation of the holiday tale by Charles Dickens, continues at Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Mario Di Gregario stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. A special opening weekend rate is $16. The other performances range from $21 to $28. The play closes Dec. 23. Call (818)