“flower Drum Song” At The Lawrence Welk Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: January 4, 1994 > "Good, but not stupendous."   "Fine, but not sensational."   That's pretty much the way critics greeted "Flower Drum Song," Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1958 entry to the Broadway musical theater scene. It's a simple, romantic, and maybe even a trifle silly story about two generations of Chinese-Americans in San Francisco. It would seem hopelessly Read More →

“a Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” At The Starlight Musical Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   August 17, 1994 Something familiar. Something peculiar.   The first two words of the first song of one of the wackiest musical comedies ever written. It's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and its current production sports plenty both familiar and peculiar. Familiar?   It's at Starlight Musical Theatre, for Read More →

“le Cirque Invisible” At The La Jolla Playhouse & “a View Of The Heart” At The Theatre In Old Tow


KPBS AIRDATE:   March 24, 1995 Here’s my hypothetical bedroom scenario. Husband to wife: “Ah, ma cherie.   Come to bed.”   Wife to husband: “I’ll be there in a minute. I’m just affixing every dish, glass, pot and pan in the kitchen to my clothes and ears and shoulders and knees, Read More →

“missing Persons” At The Fritz Theatre & “our Gay Apparel” At The Diversionary Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   November 29, 1995 It’s not about ‘Bah! Humbug!’ But if you’re up for a bit of a twisted Christmas, have I got two plays for you! Both are about finding and confronting your true identity. But that’s about it for similarities. One is about art and creative freedom; the other concerns Read More →

“play On!” At The Old Globe Theatre & “cabaret” At The San Diego Repertory Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   September 25, 1996 The muse of music must be smiling down on us: It’s been a super time for glorious voices and engaging musical theater.   Last week, I rhapsodized about productions of “Carousel” and “Phantom.” This week’s fare is more sultry and sexy: a revival of “Cabaret” and a world premiere musical, “Play On!,” based Read More →

Tea At The Asian American Repertory Theatre & Both At The Centro Cultural De La Raza


KPBS AIRDATE: May 28, 1997 Isolation.   Alienation. Persecution. A search for identity. The themes are universal, but also particular to minority groups, outsiders, strangers in a strange land. Three very different presentations, from very disparate cultural perspectives, are currently gracing San Diego stages. First, let’s take time for “Tea.” Read More →