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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 →

“what’s Wrong With This Picture” At North Coast Repertory Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: JULY   2001 There's an old story about North Coast Repertory Theatre. During a string of Neil Simon hits, the playwright's brother, Danny Simon, was in the audience. After one of his brother's especially autobiographical works, he is purported to have exclaimed, 'Why do they always make my mother into a blonde shiksa?' Well, they've done it again. Different playwright, Read More →

“tarantara! Tarantara!” At Lamb’s Players Theatres

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KPBS AIRDATE: September 14, 2001 SUNG: To the tune of "Modern Major General" It's often problematic to stage plays that are historical They tend to be didactic or abstruse or sophomorical But this one's not cartoonish; it's not 'Lion King' or 'Seussical' In short, a magic Read More →

“jeffrey” At Diversionary Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: January 11, 2002 In my book, Paul Rudnick is the King of Comedy. Only he could make the AIDS era hilarious -- without pandering or offending. He is what you might call 'seriously funny.' "Jeffrey," his 1993 play that he turned into a so-so movie, is a laugh-yourself-sick evening of theater. It's by far the funniest play I saw all year Read More →

“pageant” At North Coast Repertory Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: March 15, 2002 It's got taffeta, tears and tiaras. Big hair, hot talent. And beautiful babes. Nope, it isn't "Beehive," but you'd be hard-pressed to tell those gals from these without the proverbial scorecard. In fact, some audience members even do get a scorecard -- to vote on the evening's winner: Miss Glamouresse of 2002. It's wild, it's musical, it's outrageous -- it's "Pageant." Read More →

“cirque Du Soleil” At The Sd County Fairgrounds & “funkalosophy” At Eveoke Dance Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: May 10, 2002 It's the age-old dichotomy between entertainment and enlightenment. And it's not confined to theater; it can take physical as well as linguistic or dramatic form. There is, of course, a place for sheer, senseless diversion. But though it may amuse or amaze you, it doesn't leave you thinking or touch your soul, make you contemplate your history or humanity. Read More →