“the Odd Couple” At Sweetooth Comedy Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: February 19, 1992 One thought kept running through my mind, all during the female "Odd Couple" -- why'd you do it, Neil?   The original male version, which opened in 1965, became Neil Simon's most popular play, spawning a movie and a TV spinoff, endless reruns and a million laughs. So why, twenty years later, did Simon feel Read More →

“the Puppetmaster Of Lodz ” At Blackfriars Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: February 19, 1992 Berlin , 1950.   A man sits in a darkened room, alone with his nightmares and his fantasies. He has numbers on his arm, puppets all over the place and a very vivid imagination. He refuses to believe the war is over. He hasn't ventured out of his bleak Read More →

“les Liaisons Dangereuses” At Moonlight Amphitheatre


KPBS AIRDATE: February 5, 1992 I might go so far as to call it "Les Liaisons Merveilleuses." Every time the spunky Moonlight Amphitheatre takes a risk, it gets a high return on its investment. This production is luscious, and beautifully done. It's a familiar story of the corruption of money and power, Read More →

“the Flying Doctor” And “the School For Husbands” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: January 29, 1992             Here comes a little acoustic quiz. Ready?   See if you can identify this sound. (CLACKER SOUND)   Give up?   It's a slapstick.   The real source of the term, two flat pieces of wood that make a loud slapping sound when they're hit against something, Read More →

>“solitary Confinement” At Spreckels Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: January 15, 1992 If you're a puzzle person, a magic maven or a techno-weenie, you're gonna love "Solitary Confinement.''   It's kind of like "Sleuth'' meets Laurie Anderson. A Howard Hughes-like reclusive billionaire named Richard Jannings lives atop his high-rise Albuquerque empire. He loves Read More →

End Of Year Review


KPBS AIRDATE: January 2, 1992 Standing on the threshold of a new year, I don't know whether to look forward or behind.   I'm haunted by the spectres of Orpheus, Cassandra, Pandora and Pollyanna. Do I look back at the past year of theater with some longing for what was?   Or with some paralytic realization of what really was? Read More →