“Man Of La Mancha” At Starlight Musical Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   OCTOBER 17, 1991 It may be something of an impossible dream, trying to re-create a production 25 years later, with some of the same cast. Kind of like trying to squeeze into your wedding gown a quarter-century after the fact.   Even if it fits, it doesn't look quite right. Well, that's sort of the Read More →

“i Do! I Do!” At The Theatre In Old Town


KPBS AIRDATE:   October 10, 1991 I don't, I don't. Wanna see this small, sentimental concept musical again for at least another year.    Only three weeks ago, I saw the La Jolla Stage Company version of this 1966 collaboration by the "Fantasticks" team of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. And there I was, just a few days ago, Read More →

“abundance” At Blackfriars Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE:   October 3, 1991 "I smell destiny," says Macon Hill when she first meets Bess Johnson.   The two are mail-order brides, starting new lives in the Wyoming Territory of 1868. "Abundance," a disturbing play by Beth Henley, inaugurates a new life for the Bowery Theatre, too, under its new name -- Blackfriars -- and its Read More →

“the Lady Cries Murder” At The Ruse (marquis Public Theatre)


KPBS AIRDATE:   ??? Welcome to Simile Land.   That's the place where writer Raymond Chandler sort of lived, when he wasn't in La Jolla, where he spent his last 13 years.   His purple prose and hard-boiled plots have enchanted certain readers and moviegoers for years.   Why, friends of the La Jolla Library just finished their third International Imitation Raymond Chandler Read More →

”a Lesson From Aloes: At The La Jolla Playhouse


KPBS AIRDATE:   SEPTEMBER 3, 1991 There are all kinds of aloes, the perennial succulent indigenous to Africa.   They provide a strong metaphor as a pulpy symbol of survival-- tough on the outside, soft on the inside, able to endure years of draught. We get potent and affecting instruction in "A Lesson From Aloes." This is the second Read More →

> “the Tempest” At The Old Globe Lowell Davies Festival Stage


AIRDATE: ??? Guest director Adrian Hall has put "The Tempest" in a teapot.   This isn't some big, brash, bold, provocative interpretation, such as Hall has been known for in his earlier work. It's small and monochromatic and poorly motivated. The setting is no Fantasy Island, where Prospero and Miranda, exiled from Milan, were swept ashore 12 years before. Read More →