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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 →

Theatre Review: “the Taming Of The Shrew” By Eveoke Dance Theatre At Sushi Performance & Visual Art

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Published in Gay and Lesbian Times November 21, 2002 Think about it. There are lots of anti-female words in our vernacular vocabulary that have no male counterpart. Consider: misogynist, pussy-whipped, crone. Or shrew. Shakespeare's 1593 battle of the sexes, "The Taming of the Shrew," has long been problematic for women. A gold-digging macho comes from Verona to Padua to "wive it weathily," and he Read More →

“Harmony” On And Off The Stage: Longtime Collaborators Barry Manilow And Bruce Sussman Talk About Their New Musical

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By Pat Launer THE SAN DIEGO JEWISH JOURNAL March 2014 He wrote the songs – for America and for “Harmony.” (Actually, he didn’t write “I Write the Songs,” but more on that later). Barry Manilow has sold 80 million albums worldwide. He’s had 35 consecutive Top 40 hits, and five albums on the charts at the same time Read More →

Sdnn: Feature On Adam Lambert, American Idol

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SDNN: Feature on ADAM LAMBERT, American Idol By Pat Launer Title: ADAM LAMBERT: American Idol Returns to his Musical Theater Roots He walked in when he was 8, a strawberry blond, freckle-faced kid. He left at 17 looking pretty much the same. But in between, Adam Lambert developed into a charismatic triple-threat, which in musical theater terms, means Read More →

Read Reviews Of: “Picasso At The Lapin Agile,” “Into The Woods,” “The Two Gentlemen From Verona ,” “Side Show”

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Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN Thursday, November 19, 2009 http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-11-18/things-to-do/theater-things-to-do/picasso-into-the-woods-two-gentlemen-theater-reviews-and-news MINI-REVIEW OF: “Topdog/Underdog” Pulling a Nimble Rabbit out of a Hat THE SHOW: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a 1993 comedy by Steve Martin, at New Read More →

By George!

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Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN July 15, 2010 http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-07-14/things-to-do/theater-things-to-do/old-globe-madness-shrew-plus-arts-news THE PLAY: “The Madness of George III,” the only non-Shakespeare part of the Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival When Read More →