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 →

“THE METROMANIACS” at The Old Globe

“THE METROMANIACS” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/12/16 RUN DATES: 1/30/16 - 3/6/16 VENUE: The Old Globe The lights come up on a sylvan wood – plopped inside an ornate drawing-room. Servants portray other servants – or their masters – in a play-within-a-play. There’s a dizzying array of noms de plume. Yiddish words mix with French. Britney Spears gets a mention. And in case you think things can’t get worse; the whole thing’s presented in rhyming verse! Welcome to the world of Read More →

Theatre Review: “slam” At San Diego Repertory Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: February 11, 2000 If you wanna compete you gotta stay on your feet you gotta tell the tale, you gotta whoop, you gotta wail, you gotta rap, rhyme, rant, jam, Slam. Hot damn. A couple of years ago, Thomas W. Jones conceived, created and directed "Slam," the funk musical revue now at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Read More →

“you’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” At Lamb’s Players Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: AUGUST 25, 2000 SONG:   "You're a Good Man…" Meet Charlie Brown -- adult office-worker, beleaguered paper-pusher -- worrying over every little detail and never really accomplishing anything. That's the new opening of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," the 1967 Clark Gesner musical whose recent revision wowed Broadway Read More →

Theatre Review: “the Mad Dancers” At The San Diego Repertory Theatre

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AIRDATE: APRIL 6, 2001 Like the Kabbalah it invokes, "The Mad Dancers" is Jewish mysticism. Like the Kabbalah, it is dense and complex, opaque and indirect, a parallel universe full of symbolism and stories, where nothing is what it seems. And, like the Kabbalah, it could take you a lifetime to figure it all out, to unwrap all the secrets and symbols, the messages and meaning. The best Read More →

“songs In The Key Of Winter” 6th @ Penn Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE: January 4, 2002 It's January, the cusp of the new year, aptly named for the Roman god Janus, guardian of portals and patron of beginnings and endings, typically portrayed with two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. January would seem to be the right month for "Songs in the Key of Winter," a new play about comings and goings, with music written and composed Read More →