“side Show” At Colony Theatre, L.a.


KPBS AIRDATE: April 12, 2002 The cast comes down the aisles, steps onto the stage and faces the audience, glaring. They examine us, one by one. And then they launch into the hard-edged, aggressive opening number, "Come Look at the Freaks." And who are the freaks, anyway? The congenitally disfigured or their gapers and gawkers? This is just one of the powerful questions subtly asked in "Side Show," Read More →

Theatre Review: “closer” By Backyard Productions At 6th @ Penn & “the Only Game In Town” By New Village Arts


KPBS AIRDATE: November 22, 2002 Everyone knows it's a four-letter word. Love, that is. Sometimes painful, brutal, damaging, heartbreaking. Well, that seems to be the opinion of British playwright Patrick Marber, whose 1997 play, "Closer," won the Olivier Award and a Tony nomination. The title is ironic; these four singles are terrified of getting closer; they push each other away at every opportunity. In "The Only Game Read More →

“ Fiddler On The Roof ” At Starlight Musical Theatre & “ Smokey Joe’s CafÉ” At Moonlight Stage Productions


KPBS AIRDATE: July 18, 2003 There are classic musicals and there are music classics. No one would consider "Smokey Joe's Café" a classic musical, but this revue, now playing up in Vista at Moonlight Stage Productions, features a dance-happy nostalgia-trip of early rock 'n' roll songs. There's no story, just an impressive playlist of nearly 40 tunes penned by the prolific, groundbreaking, Grammy-winning duo of Jerry Read More →

Theatre Review: “ Two Sisters And A Piano” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: March 19, 2004 Sex and violence are frequent bedfellows on stage and screen. But playwright Nilo Cruz has the unique ability to marry menace and romanticism in the lush, steamy plays he sets in his native Cuba. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Anna in the Tropics," and in "Two Sisters and a Piano," currently receiving a poignant production at the Old Globe, it is language Read More →

“jesus Hopped The A Train” At The New Lynx Performance Theatre / “the Lion In Winter” At The New Broadway Theater In Vista


KPBS AIRDATE:   December 03, 2004 Sometimes, you find high drama in the least likely places. A West coast premiere is tucked away in Rose Canyon , and a 40-year old classic finds a home in Vista . These productions, in new theater spaces, are worth going out of your way for. Both dig deep into the abyss to unearth Read More →

Theatre Review: The Fritz Blitz Of New Plays By California Playwrights & “ragtime” By California Youth Conservatory Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:  August 12, 2005 Summertime is a great time to check out some fresh new names and faces on local stages. Right now, you have two golden opportunities. One is the Fritz Blitz of New Plays by California Playwrights. And the other is the recently-formed California Youth Conservatory Theatre. The CYC—a little confusing, since we already have a CCT and a CYT – Read More →