Be on your best behavior; Sister is back in town: “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” returns to North Coast Repertory Theatre
Sit up straight. Don't chew gum. And for heaven's sake, no low-cut blouses. For the 7th holiday season, Sister is back at North Coast Repertory Theatre, and she's got her beady little eyes on you. She'll intimidate you; she'll point fingers at you; she may even rap your knuckles. Whether you attended Catholic school of not, Read More →
It was probably a dark and stormy night. Or at least a cold one. And make that Victorian London. The rest is up to you.
In "An Unscripted Carol," the audience suggest the details, and the terrifically talented and ever-amusing members of L.A.'s Impro Theatre make up (i.e., improvise) a full-length play on the spot, "with all the bells and whistles -- set, props, costumes and score -- of a pre-rehearsed play," says director Brian Read More →
Step back in time, and spend an evening with the Marshall family. It’s 1910 at the Hotel Del Coronado, as Lamb’s Players Theatre presents its 19th annual “American Christmas.”
“Every year, we go back 100 years,” says Lamb’s artistic director Robert Smyth. “The structure of the evening stays the same, but the music, history, stories, character relationships and costumes morph with the times.”
In case you think 1910 seems a long, long time ago, here are Read More →
This may come as a surprise to non Shakespearean scholars: Shylock is not “The Merchant of Venice.” The title belongs to Antonio, the businessman who borrows cash from Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, to help out a friend, Bassanio (who may be something more than a friend). It was from Antonio that Shylock demanded the infamous “pound of flesh” when his ducats could not be repaid.
“Merchant,” a story of power and revenge, justice and mercy, Read More →
Center Stage with Pat Launer on KSDS JAZZ88
AIRDATE: DECEMBER 4, 2009
Okay, pretty soon, all this family togetherness is going to start getting old and frayed and irritating – like those wooly socks you got last year. So why not escape to another world? – at the theater! This is the dramatically busiest December in recent memory. There’s definitely something for everyone – comedy, music, drama, cynicism. You want it; we’ve got Read More →
Published in KPBS On Air Magazine December 2004 Hark! The herald angels sing… in two languages! La Pastorela is back. The pastorela is a folk-art form that was brought to the New World by Franciscan missionaries in the early 1500s. The tradition flourished, but remains especially strong in Mexico, where more than 2500 unique versions of the rhyming Christmas story are produced annually. Almost every Read More →