“m. Butterfly” At The North Coast Repertory Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   August 25, 1993 Way back in the fourteenth century, when Chaucer wrote that "Love is blynd," the expression was already proverbial. But even his Wife of Bath would blanch at "M. Butterfly," the Tony Award-winning best play of 1988. Based on an incredible true story, the play tells of a twenty-year affair between a Read More →

“luck, Pluck And Virtue” At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: August 18, 1993 What ever happened to the American Dream?   These days, it's a full-blown nightmare.   It now seems like the only way to turn rags to riches is to win the lottery. It's hardly a matter of perseverance and perspicacity.   Hard work often leads to hard times.   The apple pie of post-Civil Read More →

“carthage/fire” By Theatre E & “black Comedy” At The Sweetooth Comedy Theatre & The Fern Street Circus


KPBS AIRDATE:   August 11, 1993 We're already on the hinter-side of summer, and it's time to get off the beaten path.   Right now, you can stray pretty far, or you stay close to the middle, or you could even bring the kids.   Let's start on the fringe. The very fecund UCSD theater department continues Read More →

“1776” At The Moonlight Amphitheatre & “2 X 5” At The Theatre In Old Town


KPBS AIRDATE:   August 4, 1993 It isn't quite the way Miss Bresbacker taught it to you in junior high school.   She never told you that Ben Franklin was a dirty old man. Or that John Adams was an arrogant S.O.B.   Or that young newlywed Tom Jefferson could barely stay out of bed long enough to write the Read More →

“the Hairy Ape” At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE:   July 28, 1993 "The Hairy Ape" is an unsettling hymn for the disillusioned, disenfranchised, disaffected masses of society. It's about pride and power, class and consciousness, pain and violence.   Written in 1922, it's one of Eugene O'Neill's earlier efforts. It isn't easy, and it isn't often done. But it's been tackled anew by 26 Read More →

“king Lear” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   July 14, 1993 King Lear visits Jurassic Park. Well, not really, but when you walk into the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, what you see is this stark, sheer-rock wall fronted by a huge oval boulder that looks like an enormous dinosaur egg. It never hatches, but it rotates around on the turntable stage to no great Read More →