”a Lesson From Aloes: At The La Jolla Playhouse


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


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


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


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 →

”rebel Without A Car” At The Bowery Theatre’s Kingston Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE:   AUGUST 27, 1991 Performance art is a pretty personal thing. Sometimes it's more cathartic or illuminating for the performer than for the audience.   That's kind of how I felt about Jesse Haywood's "Rebel Without a Car." When he found out two years ago that he was HIV-positive, the first thing Haywood wanted Read More →

”the Heliotrope Bouquet By Scott Joplin And Louis Chauvin” At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE:   AUGUST 19,1991 It's almost as if we're watching "The Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin" through an opium haze. But ragtime wizard Joplin wasn't as much into mind-bending drugs as his contemporary Chauvin. At the time we meet him, however, in 1917, Joplin is sliding downward from syphilis, and his mind is fuzzy with fever, as he flashes Read More →