“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 →

“IF/THEN” – Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre

“IF/THEN” – Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre


RUN DATES: 1/5/16-1/10/16 VENUE: Civic Theatre (Broadway San Diego) How many power ballads does it take to make an Idina Menzel musical? Judging by the score of the 2014 “If/Then” the number is limitless. There’s even a song called “Here I Go,” which could be substituted with “Let It Go,” Menzel’s knockout number from the animated movie, “Frozen.” But that’s another story. This story, written by the creators of the dark and delectable “Next to Normal” (music by Read More →

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


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:


SAN DIEGO JEWISH JOURNAL MAY 2013 The San Diego premiere of “Extraordinary Chambers” By PAT LAUNER 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


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”


Pat Launer on San Diego Theater By Pat Launer , SDNN Thursday, October 22, 2009 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 →