“Spalding Gray” at UCSD


KPBS AIRDATE: April 4, 1991 >Ask Spalding Gray a question and you won't necessarily get a straight answer. He won't avoid; he'll digress. But that's what he does best: Take a circuitous route from Point A to Point B via a delicious series of personal anecdotal detours. >Gray is known as a monologist, a moniker he detests.   He calls himself an Actor/Writer/Performer. One of the pieces he's doing here, tomorrow night, is "Monster in a Box," Read More →

“WAY DOWNRIVER” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“WAY DOWNRIVER” at North Coast Repertory Theatre


Posted at on 4/17/16 RUN DATES: 4/13/16 - 5/15/16 VENUE: North Coast Repertory Theatre It’s positively Faulknerian (but more accessible). “Way Downriver,” Edward Morgan’s adaptation of the novella, “Old Man,” by Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner, has many familiar Faulkner elements: set in his home state of Mississippi (one of his works not set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County); focusing on human tragedy tinged with irony and sly humor; filled with Biblical references; and touching on issues of race, Read More →

“curtain Calls” #208


By Pat Launer 08/31/07 Time is slippery in this week’s plays; Forward and backward, in ways that amaze. So Come Back, Jimmy Dean, through Communicating Doors; Isaac ’s online, set to even some scores. Read More →

“HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA” at Diversionary Theatre

“HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA” at Diversionary Theatre


Aired on KSDS-FM on 10/6/17 RUN DATES:  9/14/17 - 10/15/17 VENUE: Diversionary Theatre  Of course, you’ve heard of a New York Minute. Well, you might call the West coast premiere at Diversionary Theatre 100 New York Minutes. It plays at a rapid-fire, rat-a-tat rate “Homos, or Everyone in America,” by Jordan Seavey is, structurally and linguistically, as provocative as its title. The piece leapfrogs in time, from 2006 to 2011, chronicling the relationship between two urban, gay Brooklynites. The story Read More →

Lady Sings the Blues: “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” at ion theatre


PAT LAUNER TIMES OF SAN DIEGO 6/14/15 Billie Holiday had a right to sing the blues – though she considered herself a jazz singer. At least that’s what she tells us in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s 1986 biographical concert/play that’s set in a seedy South Philly club in 1959. This was her final performance; Billie died three months later. Her early (and later) life was something of a disaster, as she relates in 85 Read More →

“7 Blowjobs” At Sledgehammer Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   OCTOBER 24, 1991 If you blush easily, turn down the volume.   Here comes the play title the newspapers won't print. It's called... "7 Blowjobs," and that may be the most provocative part of the whole thing. Not surprisingly, it comes from Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego's fringe arts organization that simply thrives on audience shock-appeal. Read More →