“the Secret Garden ” At The Civic Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: August 26, 1992 Some books for kids aren't just for kids.   And some have staying power across the generations. "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of those books. Last year, when the novel turned eighty, it resurfaced as a smash, award-winning Broadway musical. Read More →

“once On This Island ” At The Civic Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: August 20, 1992 It starts with a tantalizing island drumbeat and a flash of lightning. A little girl is frightened by the tropical storm, and to calm her, ten adults act out the story of Ti-Moune, telling the child what happened "Once on this Island ."   The whole buoyant musical is framed as an Read More →

“vampire Lesbians Of Sodom” At Sweetooth Comedy Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   AUGUST 12-13, 1992 One guy in drag has droopy boobs, a frumpy dress and roller skates.   Another is all in gold lamé, a little two-piece, mini-skirted number -- which he happens to own.   A young woman plays a man in sweatpants bulging at the thigh with penis envy. Welcome to the world of "Vampire Lesbians Read More →

“pirates Of Penzance ” At Moonlight Amphitheatre


KPBS AIRDATE: August 5, 1992 There's plenty of pap in summer musical theatre. But the Papp that's come to Vista is a welcome addition. It's the legacy of Joseph Papp and his acclaimed, innovative New York Shakespeare Festival. The inventive impresario died last year. But his 1981 update of "The Pirates Read More →

“tommy” At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: July 22, 1992 <MUSIC UP..."Amazing Journey"> "Tommy" sure has been on an "Amazing Journey." From the concert halls of London to the mainstage of the La Jolla Playhouse.   And it only took twenty-three years! But composer Pete Townshend of The Who thought it was time.   And artistic Read More →

“lettice & Lovage” At The Civic Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   JULY 16, 1992 This Lettice is no vegetable. Miss Lettice Duffet is an irrepressible English tour-guide with a passion for history, theater and embellishment.    She is working at Fustian House, which she considers to be "the dullest house in England." The history of the place being so terminally boring, she finds it necessary in her Read More →