“falsettos” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: April 6, 1993 (SOUND: “Four Jews in a Room Bitching” from “Falsettos”) The opening number of "Falsettos" says it all about the first act -- four Jews in a room bitching.... bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, funny, funny, funny funny... all the time. Well, not all the time. Because things get pretty maudlin and Read More →

“lady Be Good” At The San Diego Comic Opera


KPBS AIRDATE: March 31, 1993 “Lady Be Good” is the kind of show that makes you really appreciate what "Oklahoma" did for musical theatre. Before that 1943 groundbreaker, musicals   -- that uniquely American theater form -- were mainly just an excuse for a few good songs and a funny guy... a kind of vaudeville revue loosely tied together with a Read More →

“the Dybbuk” At The San Diego Repertory Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: March 24, 1993 > From the moment your foot crosses the threshold of the Lyceum Space, you're entering another world. Eastern Europe, mid-19th century. Inside a small, poor synagogue, in a small, poor shtetl, the village of Brinitz.    We are steeped in the spirituality of the Hasidim, the ultra-Orthodox sect that Read More →

“faustorama” By The Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company


KPBS AIRDATE: March 17, 1993 "Faust" is a legend. “Faustorama” is a mishmash. This brand new, New Age rock musical seems to be none of the above.   It was eight years in the making, but this is one time when eight is not enough.   The world premiere, presented by the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company and produced by Read More →

“twilight Of The Golds” At The Poway Centre For The Performing Arts


KPBS AIRDATE: March 10, 1993 David Gold is obsessed with a pimply little anti-Semite:   Richard Wagner, the long-dead opera composer. David is the lead character in "Twilight of the Golds," a brand-new contemporary play by Jonathan Tolins. The title is a spinoff of Wagner's "Götterdämmerung,'' "The Twilight of the Gods."   Wagner's music weaves through the play, as Read More →

The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant At The Diversionary Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: March 3, 1993 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant are shed over another woman.   In this stage version of the 1972 film written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Petra is a fashion designer who becomes obsessed with a young model. When the German film had its American premiere, there was a negative outcry from radical segments Read More →