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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 Master Class With The Master: “sondheim On Sondheim” At Moonlight Stage Productions

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PAT LAUNER TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 2/16/15 Spend an evening with Stephen Sondheim. The brilliant composer/lyricist will show you around his place. He’ll point out the Baldwin piano he got “at cost,” that once belonged to Leonard Bernstein. He’ll play for you. He’ll even sing for you (though honestly, maybe that’s not the best idea). And he’ll tell you about Read More →

“curtain Calls” Set Your Clock, Your Vcr And Your Schedule!

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By Pat Launer 7/29/03 Love, we know, is full of surprises, It comes in multiple shapes and sizes, It makes you cold, it makes you schvitz It strikes at the Globe as well as the Fritz: It thwarts the very best-laid plans Of straight men and gay men and Mae West Read More →

“curtain Calls” Floats Like A Butterfly

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By Pat Launer www.sdtheatrescene.com 03/24/04 This week, the stage was estrogen-fueled; Chicks rocked, females ruled (Though some were less than bona fide -- like the one who's utterly 'Butterflied'). Some are Divas, some are shady; A Spider Woman and a Gingerbread Lady. Read More →

“curtain Calls” The Wild, Wild West

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By Pat Launer www.sdtheatrescene.com 11/17/04 Women on the verge and men unkind: “Princess Ida” and “A Lie of the Mind” With “Hyper-Focus,” it’s plain to see: They’re all probably suffering from ADD! In this season of crazy, senseless acts, “A Lie of the Mind” (which is what Read More →

“curtain Calls” Bubble, Bubble

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By Pat Launer www.sdtheatrescene.com 07/15/05 Quite a varied theatrical feast: Two Shakespeares , a satire, a Beauty and a Beast. And if you’re not turned on to these escapades, Go see ‘Evita’ or ‘The Maids.’ Something Read More →