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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 Music Man”

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PAT LAUNER TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 7/21/15 The art of the con and the power of love: “The Music Man” at Moonlight “You gotta know the territory.” It’s a through-line in the beloved Americana musical, “The Music Man.” And it certainly applies to its magnificent creator/composer/lyricist, Meredith Willson, who was born in the state where he set his show – small-town Iowa (his native Mason City became the fictional River City). He was also a flutist and piccolo player in Read More →

“tokyo fish story” at The Old Globe

“tokyo fish story” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 6/10/16 RUN DATES: 5/28/16 - 6/26/16 VENUE: The Old Globe Sushi-making, like many Japanese activities – from origami to ikebana – is a matter of tradition and perfection. Ritual and ceremony.  So, Sushi Koji, formerly a highly regarded eatery, is strictly adhering to the old ways. The flip-side of Koji’s insistence on flawless convention is rigidity and inflexibility about trying anything new or changing with the times. Business is flailing and a slick new sushi place, Read More →

“SLEUTH” – Scripps Ranch Theatre

“SLEUTH” – Scripps Ranch Theatre

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PAT LAUNER  posted at TimesofSanDiego.com RUN DATES: 9/11/15 - 10/11/15 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre The great thing about Anthony Shaffer’s intellectual cat-and-mouse game, “Sleuth,” is that it’s so intricately and exquisitely plotted, even if you’ve seen it before (not too too recently), you can experience the shocks and surprises all over again. In the interest of not spoiling the fun for anyone, all that can be said is that the multi-layered puzzler is set in an English country house Read More →

“THE HEIR APPARENT” – Scripps Ranch Theatre

“THE HEIR APPARENT” – Scripps Ranch Theatre

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PAT LAUNER - posted at TimesofSanDiego.com   RUN DATES: 11/13/15-12/13/15 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre   David Ives, a Lit. sensation Creates a thing called ‘translaptation.’ He translates, adapts and has his way With farces that are très français. It’s maybe a blessing, maybe a curse: His translaptations appear in verse.   Scripps Ranch already sparked a fire With a knockout production of “The Liar.” Yet this later work, “The Heir Apparent,” Seems a bit more socially aberrant. For all its clever word accretions It dwells too long on body secretions. And since its Read More →

“MIRACLE ON 34th STREET” at San Diego Musical Theatre

“MIRACLE ON 34th STREET” at San Diego Musical Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/11/16 RUN DATES:  12/1/16 - 12/23/16 VENUE: San Diego Musical Theatre If you’re a fan of nostalgic, holly-jolly radio plays, San Diego is the place and Christmas is the time. For five years, Cygnet Theatre delighted audiences with a radio play version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This year, New Village Arts is reprising its “1940s Radio Hour” (with some nifty new additions). The latest entry into the old-time radio cavalcade is San Diego Musical Read More →