“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 →

Theatre Review: “cabaret” At North Coast Repertory Theatre


Published in Gay and Lesbian Times March 06, 2003 It's been re-fashioned more times than Madonna. "Cabaret" started out as several short stories by English novelist Christopher Isherwood (né William Bradshaw -- remember the name!): "Sally Bowles," written in 1937 and "Goodbye to Berlin" (1939), which were published together as "Berlin Stories" (1946). The book became a play, "I Am Read More →

Theatre Review: “gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde” At Diversionary Theatre


Published in Gay and Lesbian Times January 30, 2003 London. 1895. Oscar Wilde was sitting pretty. At 39, he was the Irish darling of English society: a flamboyant dandy, a celebrated poet, novelist, essayist and playwright. He had two plays running in the West End ("An Ideal Husband" and "The Importance of Being Earnest"). Wilde was so busy skewering English society, he was completely caught off-guard when it skewered Read More →

“SKIN DEEP” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

“SKIN DEEP” at Scripps Ranch Theatre


Posted at on 4/6/16 RUN DATES: 4/1/16 - 5/1/16 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre Remember the awkwardness of a blind date? Playwright Jon Lonoff does. And he’s written a doozy in his 2003 comedy, “Skin Deep,” for a couple of gun-shy, middle-aged never-been-marrieds. Maureen Mulligan, who is, shall we say, pleasingly plump, had her heart seriously broken years ago. Joe Spinelli is a nice guy, but perhaps a bit too forthright and abrupt, and not so suave linguistically. They’ve been Read More →

Reviews Of: “cyrano De Bergerac,” “restoration”


Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN Thursday, July 2, 2009 Mini Reviews of: “Rent,” New Perspective Festival, “My Name is Asher Lev” The Nose Knows THE SHOW: “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the Read More →

Something Fishy


Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN January 21, 2010 THE SHOW: “boom ! , ” a 2008 doomsday comedy, at San Diego Repertory Theatre The Big One is on its way. Not a bomb or Read More →