“i Can’t Get Started” Produced By Ensemble Arts Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   November 7, 1991 You like mysteries?   Maybe you're a long-time fan of Dashiell Hammett, who pioneered the hard-boiled detective novel.   Maybe you're a devotee of those film noir retellings of his "Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man," coming this month to the Broadway stage -- in musical version. But you may not know that Read More →

“elmer Gantry” At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE:   October 31, 1991 Lock up your wives and daughters. Elmer Gantry's back. Preachin' the gospel-- and singin' it, too.   As seductive and provocative as ever.   The new "Elmer" just breezed into the La Jolla Playhouse, with script rewrites being penciled in right up until opening night.   A few more cuts and 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 →

“Man Of La Mancha” At Starlight Musical Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   OCTOBER 17, 1991 It may be something of an impossible dream, trying to re-create a production 25 years later, with some of the same cast. Kind of like trying to squeeze into your wedding gown a quarter-century after the fact.   Even if it fits, it doesn't look quite right. Well, that's sort of the Read More →

“i Do! I Do!” At The Theatre In Old Town


KPBS AIRDATE:   October 10, 1991 I don't, I don't. Wanna see this small, sentimental concept musical again for at least another year.    Only three weeks ago, I saw the La Jolla Stage Company version of this 1966 collaboration by the "Fantasticks" team of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. And there I was, just a few days ago, Read More →

“abundance” At Blackfriars Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   October 3, 1991 "I smell destiny," says Macon Hill when she first meets Bess Johnson.   The two are mail-order brides, starting new lives in the Wyoming Territory of 1868. "Abundance," a disturbing play by Beth Henley, inaugurates a new life for the Bowery Theatre, too, under its new name -- Blackfriars -- and its Read More →