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 →

Forever Plaid At The Theatre In Old Town

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KPBS AIRDATE: November 27, 1996 MUSIC, under: “Three Coins in the Fountain” For some strange reason, plaid never seems to go out of style.    I guess it’s warm and familiar and comfortable.   Same goes for “Forever Plaid.”   Audiences, especially in San Diego, never seem to tire of it, and they’re fighting their way in Read More →

Rent At The La Jolla Playhouse

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KPBS AIRDATE: July 23, 1997 MUSIC, up and under :   “Seasons of Love” 525,600 minutes. “Rent” celebrates a year in the life of friends. And 500 performances on Broadway. And ten weeks in San Diego. The show arrived in a ‘blaze of glory’: from the Obie to Read More →

“slave Trade” By Black Ensemble Arts Theatre / ”finding The Sun” By Pondering Giant Productions

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KPBS AIRDATE:   APRIL 10, 1998 Two dark dramas about miscommunication and misguided morality -- one by a master and one by a novice. The novice wins the day, and gets the decidedly better production.   But that’s partly due to the writing. Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee, once hailed as America’s “most skillful composer of dialogue,” must Read More →

“sweet Charity” At Sledgehammer Theatre

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KPBS AIRDATE:   NOVEMBER   25, 1998 Never in 13 years has the word ‘sweet’ been uttered in the same breath as ‘Sledgehammer.’ The testosterone-drenched theatrical Bad Boys have repeatedly been maligned for misogyny. But now, new hormones are raging. Estrogen has taken center stage, as the balance of power shifts to the distaff side.   Women are getting Read More →

“into The Woods” At Starlight Musical Theatre / “gypsy” At Moonlight Amphitheatre

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KPBS AIRDATE:   JULY 14, 1999 (MUSIC: “Everything’s Coming up Roses”) Seems like everything’s coming up Sondheim. Under the moon or under the stars, you can hear the work of the brilliant composer/lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. You can virtually trace his evolution. Moonlight Amphitheater is presenting “Gypsy” and Starlight Musical Theatre is taking us “Into the Read More →