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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 →

>“a Life In The Theatre” At Gaslamp Quarter Theatre & “sexual Perversity In Chicago ” At The Fritz Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: April 29, 1992 David Mamet can't write women.   In his pointed, satirical plays, he often -- wisely -- leaves them out. Or he gives them insubstantial characters, enigmatic and unfulfilled. Seeing a double-bill of Mamet one weekend night, at two different theaters, I was struck most by his misogyny.   I'd Read More →

“le Petomane” At The La Jolla Playhouse

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KPBS AIRDATE: June 25, 1992 The puns, like the bowling pins being juggled, fly fast and furious. "Le Petomane" is billed as "a comedy of airs," and it has to do with Joseph Pujol, a baker cum cabaret performer in turn-of-the-century Paris , who earned fame, fortune and, now, a measure of immortality, by creative wind-passing. Read More →

“the Secret Garden ” At The Civic Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: August 26, 1992 Some books for kids aren't just for kids.   And some have staying power across the generations. "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of those books. Last year, when the novel turned eighty, it resurfaced as a smash, award-winning Broadway musical. Read More →

“annie Warbucks” At The San Diego Civic Light Opera

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KPBS AIRDATE: October 21, 1992 A critic owes it to her audience to be honest about her biases. So let me come clean and say that I didn't really care for the original, 1977 smash-hit musical, "Annie." It was cartoonish, but not in the right ways. It milked the cute-kids and dog routine to Read More →

“a Christmas Carol” At The San Diego Repertory Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: December 9, 1992 There's A Christmas Carol everywhere you go these days. Not only in elevators, department stores and telephone hold-lines, but also on stages around the county. The story by Charles Dickens has been with us for almost 150 years. And the San Diego Repertory Theatre has been twisting, turning, revising, revamping Read More →