Theatre Feature: March 1999: Sheldon Epps

Theatre Feature: March 1999: Sheldon Epps

Published in In Theater Trained as an actor, acclaimed as a director, Sheldon Epps has been able to maintain his balance in straddling the worlds of theater and television. In 1983, he conceived ”Blues in the Night” (which starred Leslie Uggams on Broadway, Della Reese and Eartha Kitt on tour).   The revue was nominated for a Best Musical Tony and two Olivier Read More →

Theatre Review: “albee’s People” At The Old Globe Theatre

Theatre Review: “albee’s People” At The Old Globe Theatre

Published in In Theater March 1999 It's the smorgasbord syndrome.   You taste a little of this and that and the other thing, and soon it all starts to mush together on your plate.   You lose the individual flavors.   You long for a more complete and focused repast. Ultimately, you come away full, but not satisfied. Read More →

Theatre Review: “the Ballad Of Floyd Collins” At The Old Globe Theatre

Theatre Review: “the Ballad Of Floyd Collins” At The Old Globe Theatre

Published in In Theater March 1999 "The Ballad of Floyd Collins" is more than just the plaintive opening number. It could be the tale of the show's evolution. Commissioned in 1994 by the American Music Theatre Festival of Philadelphia, "Floyd Collins" opened at Playwrights Horizons in the busy 1996 season, up against "Rent" and "Noise/Funk." It got lost in the shuffle; Read More →

Theatre Review: “dogeaters” At The La Jolla Playhouse

Theatre Review: “dogeaters” At The La Jolla Playhouse

Published in In Theater September 1998 It’s big.   It’s brash. It’s filmic. It’s epic.   And it was anybody’s guess how it would translate onto the stage. But “Dogeaters” takes a bite out of the doubters and chews up the skeptics.   Poet/novelist/screenwriter/multimedia theater artist Jessica Hagedorn has remained remarkably true to her best-selling 1990 novel (a National Book Read More →