Reviews

“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 →

Theatre Review: “the Chosen” At North Coast Repertory Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: September 10, 2004 1944. War was raging in Europe. And there was a Battle Royale in Brooklyn -- between two sects of Orthodox Judaism. It becomes a diamond dispute, when Reuven Malter faces off against Danny Saunders in a baseball grudge-match. One of them winds up in the hospital. And thus begins a lifelong, life-changing friendship. Read More →

“a Streetcar Named Desire” At Ucsd Theatre / “the Goodbye Girl” At Moonlight Stage Productions

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KPBS AIRDATE: November 12, 2004 Sometimes, it's best to leave a classic alone. It doesn't need to be updated, cross-gendered, race-mixed or musicalized. If it's classic, it can survive on its own -- unadorned. Two current cases in point: "A Streetcar Named Desire" at UCSD and "The Goodbye Girl" at Moonlight Stage Productions. Neil Simon's comical movie was a Read More →

“of Mice And Men” By Renaissance Theatre At 6th @ Penn / “burn This” At Cygnet Theatre / “wrinkles” At Diversionary Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE:  January 21, 2005 Unbridled passion, unchecked emotion, and uncovered secrets. It’s an uncommonly fine week for dramas, old and new. First, the classic. Renaissance Theatre has done it again – unearthed a wonderful old chestnut and made it burst forth with life. This time, founder/director George Flint has chosen “Of Mice and Men,” John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking tale of Read More →

Theatre Review: “antony And Cleopatra” By Poor Players

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KPBS AIRDATE:  March 25, 2005 It’s a classic story; older man, younger woman. He falls hard and makes a fool of himself. But in this version, the stakes are inordinately high. It’s not just about pleasure vs. duty, vice or virtue, passion or reason. It’s about world dominance and political supremacy. The Roman Empire vs. the kingdom of Egypt. When Marcus Antonius chose lust over Read More →

Theatre Review: “viburnum” At The Fritz Theatre @ 6th @ Penn & “looking For Normal” At The Diversionary Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE:  May 27, 2005 A woman who desperately wants a man – and a man who desperately wants to be a woman. Gender takes center stage in two plays with fascinating premises and excellent performances. In “Viburnum,” the most acclaimed production of last year’s Fritz Blitz of New Plays by California Playwrights, we meet Verne, the spinster who’s got Read More →