“van Meegeren, Master Forger” At Octad-one Productions


KPBS AIRDATE: JULY 13, 2001 Art imitates art. And fact is stranger than fiction. "Van Meegeren, Master Forger" is a world premiere play by a local writer, and it's an absolutely mind-boggling true story. David Wiener's new work is an authorized dramatization of the 1967 book by the same name (by Lord John Killbracken), about a mid-20th century Dutch painter who couldn't get a break from the critics, Read More →

“culture Clash In Americca” At San Diego Repertory Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: May 3, 2002 Culture Clash captures America, one critical city at a time. And of course, there IS a culture clash in America -- rich vs. poor, old vs. young, white vs. black, gay vs. straight, Latino vs. Anglo, immigrant vs. native-born, even immigrant vs. immigrant. They're all here. In this pastiche of past pieces, Culture Clash is serving up their Read More →

“ Woyzeck ” At Ucla


KPBS AIRDATE: December 13, 2002 Miniature lighted metal sculptures twinkle and glide across the stage. Each will make a return appearance later, larger-than-life. The curtain rises to reveal an eye-popping splash of modern art and a giant, chartreuse-clad barker who draws us in, singing the haunting anthem of the evening, "Misery's the river of the world… everybody row." The carnival has begun. Robert Wilson is on Read More →

“ Mamma Mia! ” At Civic Theatre & “ Nickels And Dimes ” At Lyceum Theatre


KPBS AIRDATE: August 15, 2003 Short run. Good fun. If you like your musical or comic theater on the light side, "Mamma Mia! You don't have to Nickel and Dime it -- this is the week for you. The international megahit, "Mamma Mia!" just discoed its way into the Civic Theatre and, whether you like the songs of ABBA or not, the Read More →

Theatre Review: “ Still Life” At New Village Arts & Cirque Du Soleil’s “ Varekai”


KPBS AIRDATE: April 09, 2004 How do you like your drama? High-flying acrobatics or interior turmoil? Motion or stasis. In one corner, there's Cirque du Soleil's eye-popping, jaw-dropping "Varekai." But for a quiet night of social-political commentary, you won't want to miss "Still Life" at New Village Arts. You know all about the Cirque; outrageous acts, incredible costumes, little plot Read More →

“i Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” At The Theatre In Old Town


KPBS AIRDATE:   December 24, 2004 I love them, they’re perfect, but now it’s gonna change.   After a year at the Theatre in Old Town , the fun, frothy musical revue, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” is movin ’ on. I saw the mostly New York opening-cast Read More →