Three Sisters At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: May 24, 1991 Round about Friday every week, we all know how exactly how daily routine can shrink the spirit and drain the will. But this is a major premise in the work of Chekhov, and it's a particularly powerful statement in ""Three Sisters.'' You kind of have to know Chekhov to love him.   He's not easy Read More →

”the Snow Ball” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   MAY 16, 1991 For me, it could've been called "The Snowflake," because it was light and delicate, lacy and lovely, but it melted away into nothingness the minute you tried to touch it -- or let it touch you. "The Snow Ball" is a beautiful collaboration -- between the Old Globe Theatre and the Hartford Stage Company. Read More →

”remembrance” At The Cassius Carter


KPBS AIRDATE:   MAY 13, 1991 It's kind of like old wine in new bottles. Or, more aptly, old Irish Whiskey re-corked. "Remembrance" is basically a love story. But it's definitely a contemporary one. First, because it deals with a December-December romance; love blooms in two widowers in their sixties. And second, Read More →

”The Boys Next Door” At The Lamb’s Players Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   1991 For years now, we've seen the disorder-of-the-week on television and the disability-of-the-year on film. Right now, on San Diego stages, the affliction floodlights are trained on Helen Keller, in ""The Miracle Worker,'' at the San Diego Junior Theatre, and ""The Boys Next Door,'' a Lamb's Players production about four developmentally disabled adults. Creating those characters is not an easy task for a playwright. The piece could get preachy. Or maudlin.   Or excessively Read More →

“Spalding Gray” at UCSD


KPBS AIRDATE: April 4, 1991 >Ask Spalding Gray a question and you won't necessarily get a straight answer. He won't avoid; he'll digress. But that's what he does best: Take a circuitous route from Point A to Point B via a delicious series of personal anecdotal detours. >Gray is known as a monologist, a moniker he detests.   He calls himself an Actor/Writer/Performer. One of the pieces he's doing here, tomorrow night, is "Monster in a Box," Read More →

“Two Trains Running” at The Old Globe


KPBS AIRDATE:   March 21, 1991 If you've been feeling bludgeoned by the sixties lately, don't worry. Even though that's the decade playwright August Wilson is up to in his chronicle of black America in the 20th century, ""Two Trains Running'' is no heavy-handed black power polemic. It's more a simple slice of life, with the sixties serving as a sort of blurry background. Malcolm and Martin are only mentioned once or twice. Life goes on as Read More →