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 →

“THE METROMANIACS” at The Old Globe

“THE METROMANIACS” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/12/16 RUN DATES: 1/30/16 - 3/6/16 VENUE: The Old Globe The lights come up on a sylvan wood – plopped inside an ornate drawing-room. Servants portray other servants – or their masters – in a play-within-a-play. There’s a dizzying array of noms de plume. Yiddish words mix with French. Britney Spears gets a mention. And in case you think things can’t get worse; the whole thing’s presented in rhyming verse! Welcome to the world of Read More →

Theatre Review: “the Barber Of Seville” At The San Diego Comic Opera

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Published in Gay and Lesbian Times October 04, 2002 Rossini was true to Beuamarchais, and Comic Opera is true to Rossini (in one way, at least). The French dramatist Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais wrote "The Barber of Seville," in 1775 to satirize the follies and foibles of the upper class. The play was distinguished by its clever dialogue and intricate plot. When Rossini composed his adaptation in 1815, Read More →

Surviving Genocide – Or Personal Tragedy:

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SAN DIEGO JEWISH JOURNAL MAY 2013 The San Diego premiere of “Extraordinary Chambers” By PAT LAUNER http://sdjewishjournal.com/site/5142/surviving-genocide-%e2%80%94-or-personal-tragedy/ What do you get when you mix together one Jew, two half-Jews, one Muslim and three Asians? “Extraordinary Chambers.” The play, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2011, won Read More →

Read Reviews Of: “the Glass Menagerie,” “peter Grimes,” “shadow Of Mercy,” The Baldwin New Play Festival At Ucsd

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Pat Launer: Spotlight on Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN Thursday, April 23, 2009 The Last Unicorn THE SHOW: “The Glass Menagerie,” the great American classic, presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre His name was Tom . And he lived in a cramped Read More →

Read Reviews Of: “the Lion King,” “dog Act,” “talley’s Folly,” “a Joyful Noise,” “frozen”

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Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN Thursday, October 22, 2009 http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-10-21/things-to-do/pat-launer-on-san-diego-theater-lion-king-joyful-folly The Lion Leaps Tonight THE SHOW: “The Lion King,” the multi-award-winning mega-musical (adapted from the 1994 Disney film), at the Civic Theatre The King of Beasts is back. After Read More →