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Drama reaches new high over how to run Irvine Barclay Theatre

Drama reaches new high over how to run Irvine Barclay Theatre

For the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 2015 was supposed to have been a year of celebration — a 25th anniversary season spotlighting the company's reputation as one of Orange County's premier presenters of dance, music and theater.

Instead, at least four prominent donors have said they are withdrawing financial support following a clash between board chairman Robert Farnsworth and former president Douglas Rankin, who left the company in August. The family of the late Dr. George and Arlene Cheng, who donated $750,000 to the Barclay the year it opened, have taken the unusual step of demanding that its name be taken down from the Barclay's 756-seat Cheng Hall.

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