Stage Raw: James Gammon, Co-Founder of Hollywood's MET Theatre, Dead at 70

Stage Raw: James Gammon, Co-Founder of Hollywood's MET Theatre, Dead at 70


James Gammon, actor and producer, died July 16 in Costa Mesa, died July 16 of complications from cancer of the adrenal glands and liver. Gammon co-founded the MET Theatre in Hollywood the early 1970s and often appeared on its stage, last appearing there in 2003 in the title role of King Lear opposite his daughter Allison, as Lear's daughter Cordelia. Gammon received a 1996 Tony Award nomination for his appearance in Sam Shepard's Buried Child.

He achieved national recognition for his work on screen, appearing in some 64 films, including comedies such as Major League" and Major League II. On television, Gammon portrayed  Don Johnson's father on Nash Bridges. and played continuing characters on The Waltons, Homefront, and Bagdad Café.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy, daughters Allison Mann  and Amy Gammon; two grandchildren;  a brother, Philip; and a sister, Sandra Glaudell. There will be a memorial celebration of James Gammon's life at the MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood 90069 on Sunday, August 22 at 2 p.m.

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Check back on Monday for reviews of the following:


A true story based on real events of Murder Incorporated, the

enforcement arm of America's crime syndicate. Write Act Theater, 6128

Yucca St., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru July 31. (323) 469-3113.


Bill Cakmis and Jack Grapes' story of the "lost years" of William

Shakespeare. Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood; opens

July 16; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Aug. 15, (323) 960-7822.


Company of Angels presents Henry Ong's play about Thai garment workers

exploited in El Monte. Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., L.A.;

Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4:30 p.m.; thru Aug. 8. (866) 811-4111.


Multimedia dance comedy thriller by the Nellie Olesons' John Cantwell.

Cavern Club Theater at Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A.;

opens July 16; Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m.; thru July 24,


Poor Dog Group's investigation of the American Myth. Theatre Asylum,

6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Fri., July 16, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., July 24,

10 p.m., (800) 838-3006.


Presented by Shakespeare & Veterans. West Los Angeles Bandshell,

11338 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.; thru Aug. 8, (310) 694-7233.

PHIL THE VOID: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Phil van Hest's one-man philosophical comedy. Elephant Theatre Lab, 1078 Lilian Way, L.A.; Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 7, (866) 811-

PLAY DATES Sam Wolfson's comedy of the sexes. Elephant Space Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sun., 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 1, (323) 960-7776.


World premiere of Justin Tanner's child-rearing comedy. Odyssey

Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; opens July 16; Fri., 8 p.m.;

Sat., 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Aug. 15, (310) 477-2055.

RENDEZVOUS Lindsley Allen choreographs a burlesque with Commedia at King-King Club,6555 Hollywood Blvd; last Thursday of every month, 9 p.m. (doors open at 8). (323) 960-5165

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"Musical about making a musical." Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book

by Hunter Bell. Celebration Theatre, 7051-B Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.;

opens July 16; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Sept. 5. (323)



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