Reviews

“abundance” At Blackfriars Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE:   October 3, 1991 "I smell destiny," says Macon Hill when she first meets Bess Johnson.   The two are mail-order brides, starting new lives in the Wyoming Territory of 1868. "Abundance," a disturbing play by Beth Henley, inaugurates a new life for the Bowery Theatre, too, under its new name -- Blackfriars -- and its Read More →

“the Lady Cries Murder” At The Ruse (marquis Public Theatre)

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KPBS AIRDATE:   ??? Welcome to Simile Land.   That's the place where writer Raymond Chandler sort of lived, when he wasn't in La Jolla, where he spent his last 13 years.   His purple prose and hard-boiled plots have enchanted certain readers and moviegoers for years.   Why, friends of the La Jolla Library just finished their third International Imitation Raymond Chandler Read More →

”a Lesson From Aloes: At The La Jolla Playhouse

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KPBS AIRDATE:   SEPTEMBER 3, 1991 There are all kinds of aloes, the perennial succulent indigenous to Africa.   They provide a strong metaphor as a pulpy symbol of survival-- tough on the outside, soft on the inside, able to endure years of draught. We get potent and affecting instruction in "A Lesson From Aloes." This is the second Read More →

> “the Tempest” At The Old Globe Lowell Davies Festival Stage

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AIRDATE: ??? Guest director Adrian Hall has put "The Tempest" in a teapot.   This isn't some big, brash, bold, provocative interpretation, such as Hall has been known for in his earlier work. It's small and monochromatic and poorly motivated. The setting is no Fantasy Island, where Prospero and Miranda, exiled from Milan, were swept ashore 12 years before. Read More →

”breaking The Code’ At The North Coast Repertory Theatre

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AIRDATE: ??? "In the long run," says brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing, "it's not breaking the code that matters. It's where you go from there." Turing, who cracked the crucial German Enigma code during World War II, managed to wind up on parole, with his life and career destroyed because he broke the unwritten social code, openly admitting his homosexuality at Read More →

”forever Plaid” At The Old Globe Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: 8/29/91 We've all known a few good-hearted geeks. Guys who tried too hard to be cool, and wound up less than tepid.   Guys who got nosebleeds when they were nervous. Or, even worse, heartburn. Maybe they wore bowties. Plaid ones, no less.   Well, that's just the kind of Read More →