>“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 →

Rio Can Be Murder” At The Mystery Cafe


KPBS AIRDATE: April 8, 1992 I've always felt that dinner theater can be murder. But that was the old days, when you got a chicken leg and mashed potatoes to go with a soggy serving of Neil Simon. This is the nineties.   Dinner theater is served up with murder and Read More →

“bargains” At The Old Globe Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE: April 1, 1992 Jack Heifner's new play is no bargain.   For a lot less money, you can stay home and watch TV. "Bargains" is straight sit-com, pure and simple. The only thing missing was the commercials. And I only wished I had a remote control channel-changer.   At home, I wouldn't Read More →

Dolores Street ” At Diversionary Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: March 18, 1992 You don't have to be a lesbian to live on San Francisco 's Dolores Street , but it probably helps. And you don't have to be gay or lesbian to laugh at the play of the same name, but that probably helps, too. However, if you've had Read More →

“shirley Valentine” At The Old Globe Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: March 18, 1992 In this 1989 one-woman play, Shirley sends herself a valentine. She emerges from the stupor she's been in throughout her subservient, lower middle class Liverpool marriage. And she busts out:   she flies off to Greece and has a ball -- and a fling. Read More →