“the Glass Menagerie” At La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: May 27, 1992 It's no secret that "The Glass Menagerie" is an autobiographical play. Tennessee Williams did indeed live in St. Louis , where the piece takes place, with his difficult mother, a former Southern belle, and his withdrawn sister, who, with his mother's consent, was later lobotomized. His classic Read More →

“mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: May 20, 1992 What've you got when you have Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Paul Robeson together in one room for a big-time meeting? A bunch of really heavy-hitters. Oh, and don't forget the guy who made it all happen -- Branch Rickey, the crusty Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager. Read More →

John Fleck In “a Snowball’s Chance In Hell” At Sushi Performance & Visual Art


KPBS AIRDATE: May 13, 1992 If you're feeling oppressed by information overload, by the constant barrage of media hype, celebrity status and political polemic, maybe you shouldn't go see John Fleck in "A Snowball's Chance in Hell." On second thought, maybe you should. In the prologue, Fleck appears dressed as a gnome-like monk, on his Read More →

“equus” At Sweetooth Comedy Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: May 6, 1992 What, exactly, is Normal ?   And who are any of us to say?   If a psychiatrist "cures" a disturbed adolescent by robbing him of his passion, his faith and his mythos, will he then be Normal ?   And what will his life be like -- Read More →

>“a Life In The Theatre” At Gaslamp Quarter Theatre & “sexual Perversity In Chicago ” At The Fritz Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: April 29, 1992 David Mamet can't write women.   In his pointed, satirical plays, he often -- wisely -- leaves them out. Or he gives them insubstantial characters, enigmatic and unfulfilled. Seeing a double-bill of Mamet one weekend night, at two different theaters, I was struck most by his misogyny.   I'd Read More →

“faith, Hope And Charity: A Little Dance Of Death In Five Acts” By B-attitudes At The Sixth Avenue Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: April 23, 1992 There's irony in the air.   Consider the life and the work of Austrian playwright Odön von Horváth. An important and popular dramatist in the Weimar era, his plays were banned by the Nazis and were virtually buried for forty years. This B-Attitudes production marks the American professional Read More →