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 →

Theatre Review: “travesties” At The North Coast Repertory Theatre

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Published in Gay and Lesbian Times July 25, 2002 A rumpled old man sits huddled in a chair, reminiscing. His stream of consciousness is steady but unreliable. It's 1974, but he's back in Zurich, 1917. We feel the Great War, piercing our ears and rumbling under our seats. Its aftermath was a time of upheaval and rebellion, in social-political and artistic domains. And a lot of the foment was Read More →

Theatre Review: “the Ballad Of Floyd Collins” At The Old Globe Theatre

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Published in In Theater March 1999 "The Ballad of Floyd Collins" is more than just the plaintive opening number. It could be the tale of the show's evolution. Commissioned in 1994 by the American Music Theatre Festival of Philadelphia, "Floyd Collins" opened at Playwrights Horizons in the busy 1996 season, up against "Rent" and "Noise/Funk." It got lost in the shuffle; Read More →

“INDECENT” – La Jolla Playhouse

“INDECENT” – La Jolla Playhouse

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PAT LAUNER, CENTER STAGE ON KSDS-FM RUN DATES: 11/13/15 - 12/10/15 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse Two beautiful young women kiss in a spring rainfall. It’s a stunning scene in the world premiere, “Indecent,” at the La Jolla Playhouse. It was also a provocative moment in a much earlier play, “The God of Vengeance,” that caused such a furor when it opened on Broadway in 1936 that the cast and producer were arrested on obscenity charges. The history of that 1907 Read More →

Read Reviews Of: “leaving Iowa,” “shopping And F*** Ing ,” “annie,” “the Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged”)

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Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN Thursday, August 27, 2009 READ MINI-REVIEW of “Julius Caesar” Road Show THE SHOW: “Leaving Iowa ,” a 2004 nostalgic comedy, at Lamb’s Players Theatre Raise hands if you’ve never sat in Read More →

Sdnn: Feature “a Weekend With Pablo Picasso”

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SDNN: Feature “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” Pat Launer SDNN.com 3/16/10 http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-03-16/things-to-do/weekend-with-pablo-picasso-premieres-at-san-diego-rep   “Weekend with Pablo Picasso” premieres at San Diego Rep: One-man show stars Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza He was 7 years old when he was given a life-changing book, an intimate photographic essay entitled Read More →