"Hundred Days"

“HUNDRED DAYS” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“HUNDRED DAYS” at the La Jolla Playhouse

Aired on KSDS-FM on 10/5/18 RUN DATES: 9/22/18 - 10/21/18 VENUE:  La Jolla Playhouse Memoirs are tricky. What makes some else’s life story more interesting or stage-worthy than yours? Usually, there’s trauma and heartbreak. Love and loss. In the case of “Hundred Days” at the La Jolla Playhouse, the trauma happened in the past, when book, music and lyrics co-writer Abigail Bengson was 15. We never get her full backstory, but she alludes to familial madness and illness. Most of this Read More →

“three Days Of Rain” At The Old Globe Theatre & “lucky Stiff” At Starlight At The Lyceum

“three Days Of Rain” At The Old Globe Theatre & “lucky Stiff” At Starlight At The Lyceum

KPBS AIRDATE: JUNE 2, 1999 Whatever happened to the fourth wall? There used to be some distance and separation between actors and audience.   But now, more than ever, the players come right out and talk to us directly. As if we’re friends. As if it’s as natural as yogurt that hundreds of us have come to visit. Read More →

THE 16th SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

THE 16th SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 9/22/17 RUN DATES:  10/4/17 - 10/8/17 VENUE: Arclight La Jolla, Regal Gaslamp, Pendry Hotel Fall is the season for pumpkins, cider… and film festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, in particular. And for the 16th year, San Diego is throwing its hat in the ring… with the San Diego International Film Festival (October 4-8). Since its inception in 2001, the SDiFF has become one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit.  This year, more than Read More →

PREVIEW: “STUPID F***ING BIRD” at Cygnet Theatre

PREVIEW: “STUPID F***ING BIRD” at Cygnet Theatre

Printed in the San Diego Jewish Journal May 2016 RUN DATES: 5/19/16 - 6/19/16 VENUE: Cygnet Theatre When someone asks the precocious four-year-old daughter of playwright Aaron Posner the name of her father’s play, she shouts, “Stupid Fucking Bird!” (She knows to say it only at home). Posner’s very personal response to Chekhov’s “The Seagull” has a very considered title. “I figure that anyone who’s offended by the title won’t come see the show,” he says. Probably a good idea, Read More →

Shakespearean Rumble: Jets Meet Sharks In “west Side Story”

Shakespearean Rumble: Jets Meet Sharks In “west Side Story”

PAT LAUNER TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 2/18/15   There was a time when Broadway musicals provided the pop hits of the day. “West Side Story” was certainly one of those shows. It was a groundbreaker, with its brilliant score by Leonard Bernstein, book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by a twentysomething Stephen Sondheim, spawning songs like “Tonight,” Read More →

Help Create A World Record: At Lamb’s Players Theatre’s “100 Hours Of Stories”

Help Create A World Record: At Lamb’s Players Theatre’s “100 Hours Of Stories”

PAT LAUNER FOR: TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 5/9/14 Here’s a chance to be part of history. Well, a little slice of it, anyway. Lamb’s Players Theatre is trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records, presenting the longest marathon theatrical performance ever. It’s a brilliant idea, conceived by development director Colleen Collar Smith as a Read More →