“RAIN” at The Old Globe

“RAIN” at The Old Globe


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 →

“curtain Calls” Where’s Charley??


By Pat Launer 6/9/03 The theater week was more than pleasant: Some trips to the past, a whiff of the present: "Charley's Aunt," ever gay and grand, Could be dragged right into "Falsettoland." And young "Fraulein Else" might get a kick From the aptly-named wackos appearing in [sic]. So Read More →

“curtain Calls” Brooklyn By The Sea…


By Pat Launer 02/11/04 Humor elicits timeless guffaws, Whether pre-Simon or post-menopause. This week, comedy extended its reach From Encinitas to Brighton Beach. One of the famous BB-trilogy, "Brighton Beach Memoirs" is more frankly autobiographical than many of Neil Simon's plays. (The other Read More →

“curtain Calls” Crowning Glory…


By Pat Launer 10/06/04 In four consecutive days, What is the likely chance Of seeing a comedy, drama, and musical, Plus the Symphony and Dance? It you got it, flaunt it. And the San Diego Rep has got it. "Crowns" is a foot-stompin', roof-raisin' Read More →

“curtain Calls” Late Bloomer


By Pat Launer 05/26/05 Humorous, serious, raucous or formal, Are we all, in some fashion, “Looking for Normal ?” And when, if we’re lucky, we find love that’s right Don’t we, like “ Viburnums ,” incline toward the light? Read More →

“curtain Calls” The Odd Couple .. Or Are They The Sunshine Boys?


By Pat Launer 01/27/06 Halpern and Johnson have grieving to do, Sharing a woman -- and betrayals, too But at least we can’t say it’s all Much Ado . Read More →