Reviews

“RAIN” at The Old Globe

“RAIN” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 4/8/16 RUN DATES: 3/24/16 - 5/1/16 VENUE: The Old Globe In adapting a piece of literature, there’s an obligation to maintain the spirit of the original. W. Somerset Maugham’s riveting 1921 short story, “Rain” (originally titled “Miss Thompson”), has certainly provided fertile ground for adapters: three films, and an aborted musical, called “Sadie Thompson,” created in 1944 with Ethel Merman in mind. Now, along come composer/lyricist Michael John La Chiusa and librettist Sybille Pearson, with a Read More →

“THE METROMANIACS” at The Old Globe

“THE METROMANIACS” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/12/16 RUN DATES: 1/30/16 - 3/6/16 VENUE: The Old Globe The lights come up on a sylvan wood – plopped inside an ornate drawing-room. Servants portray other servants – or their masters – in a play-within-a-play. There’s a dizzying array of noms de plume. Yiddish words mix with French. Britney Spears gets a mention. And in case you think things can’t get worse; the whole thing’s presented in rhyming verse! Welcome to the world of Read More →

“floyd Collins” At The Old Globe Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE:   FEBRUARY 24, 1999 MUSIC:   yodel from “The Call” That’s the sound of a caver calling into a deep, dark space, to see if there’s a cavern within. It’s the seminal sound of “Floyd Collins,” the 1994 musical just remounted and co-produced at the Old Globe Theatre, before it goes off on tour. Read More →

“statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act” At Black Ensemble Theater At 6@penn Studio

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KPBS SUBMISSION DATE: OCTOBER 20, 1999 The actors weren't stripped down; the production was.   Acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard wrote an opening scene for naked actors in his stark and searing 1974 expose' of the Immorality Act, which prohibited interracial relationships in his country. Black Ensemble Theater's associate artistic director Patrick Stewart didn't find the nudity necessary -- but it might've helped. Despite a bare, Read More →

The Old Globe Takes Us Back “into The Woods”

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PAT LAUNER TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 7/22/14 Every one of us, at one time or another, has to go through a Dark Night of the Soul, after which, we hope, we’ll be “out of the woods.” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine took us “Into the Woods” nearly 30 years ago, when their fanciful, Read More →

Underwear? Under There! A Review Of “Dancer Briefs”

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PAT LAUNER TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 6/9/15 Here’s the premise: Michael Mizerany called his evening of dance “Dancer Briefs.” He invited seven local choreographers to participate. And he asked three things of them: their piece had to be brief (6-8 minutes); it had to include the wearing of undergarments; and something had to be revealed: physical, psychological or emotional. Read More →