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“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 →

“PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE” at The Old Globe

“PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE” at The Old Globe

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 2/10/17 RUN DATES:  2/4/17 - 3/12/17 VENUE: The Old Globe What is the mark of a true genius? Originality. Creativity. Natural ability. And the perfect medium for expressing those unique qualities. The name Einstein has come to be synonymous with Genius. But in the artistic realm, no one would deny Picasso that moniker. Now, Schmendiman – well, he’s another story. And then, there’s that hip-swiveling Visitor from the future. Steven Martin imagined a meeting of these minds Read More →

“KING CHARLES III” at Coronado Playhouse

“KING CHARLES III” at Coronado Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 3/30/18 RUN DATES: 3/23/18 - 4/22/18 VENUE:  Coronado Playhouse I’m not sure how the royal family feels about “King Charles III,” but Shakespeare would love it. Borrowing from the notorious borrower, playwright Mike Bartlett gleefully steals and subverts characters, plot-points and lines from the Bard’s plays. His drama-with-comic-moments is written in iambic pentameter. But instead of re-creating history, Bartlett foretells it. In the not-too-distant future, Queen Elizabeth passes on, and her son, Prince Charles, is ready to Read More →

“SUMMER, THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“SUMMER, THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 11/20/18 RUN DATES:  11/7/17 - 12/24/17 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse  If you loved Donna Summer, you’ll probably love “Summer, The Donna Summer Musical.” You’ll hear all the signature, sexy songs of The Disco Queen (she hated that pigeon-holing moniker): “Love to Love You Baby,” Bad Girls,” “Hot Stuff,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” and 20 more). They’re wonderfully sung – with accompaniment by a killer 5-piece band (music director/conductor Victoria Theodore) and precise (if not Read More →

“THE HUMANS” at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A.

“THE HUMANS” at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A.

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/25/18 RUN DATES: 6/19/18 - 7/29/18 VENUE:  The Ahmanson in L.A. The ghost of Willy Loman hovers over “The Humans,” the Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2016, now running at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” bemoaned the demise of The American Dream. But nearly 70 years later, we still cling to that notion of just deserts, of getting what you’ve hoped and strived for. Work hard and you’ll be Read More →