March 6, 1998 |
One of the saddest measures of contemporary cultural fragmentation is the polarization of young and old into hostile camps. The extent to which the generation gap of the '60s has widened to an abyss in the '90s is startlingly apparent in London playwright Jess Walters' edgy "Cockroach, Who?," making its U.S. debut at the 24th Street Theatre. Replete with street-smart dialect and punctuated by bursts of raucous rock music in L.
January 15, 1998
* "The Cave Dwellers"--William Saroyan's warmhearted drama, with Claudette Sutherland, left, Wesley Mann, J. Steven Marcus and Katy Boyer, continues through Jan. 24 at 24th Street Theatre. * "Life Support"--A man and a woman are unexpectedly drawn together as they await word about their ill loved ones in a new play opening Friday at Actors Alley at El Portal in North Hollywood.
August 29, 2002
* Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog (24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., L.A.,  461-6069). Tim Sabourin, above left, and Joe Fria appear in Circle X Theatre Co.'s world-premiere musical about the early days of the film industry. "Sweeping, consummately well-realized and vastly entertaining, a technical knockout with Broadway potential" (F. Kathleen Foley). Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Sept. 15. $20; Sunday matinees, pay what you can.
November 6, 1997 |
It's been a Wilde theatrical season. The latest in a rash of recent productions of "The Importance of Being Earnest" can be found in the inaugural season at the 24th Street Theatre (in repertory with "The Cave Dwellers"). This particular incarnation of Wilde's overly produced classic is distinctive primarily in that it features an all-African American cast--an innovation oddly incidental to the overall production, which carefully avoids any emphasis whatsoever on the color of the performers.
May 2, 1997 |
The 24th Street Theatre's first production is both promising and disappointing. "The Music of Magdalena Bay" is poorly written, lacking both credibility and tension. Yet as a multimedia event, there are glimmers of inspiration that the Glorious Repertory Theatre Company should continue to nurture. The time is 1999 and an ambitious Los Angeles television anchorwoman, Beth Anderson (Gay Storm), feels threatened by the emerging Latino population.
April 30, 1998 |
"The Nightingale and the Rose," at the 24th Street Theatre, uses the Oscar Wilde fable of sacrificial love as a leaping-off point for a period piece set on a riverboat in Prohibition New Orleans. Thanks to Seanne Farmer's set, Robert Velasquez's costumes, Ruth Judkowitz's sound design and Kathi O'Donohue's wonderfully evocative lighting, the production has a fervid Pirates of the Caribbean ambience that is great fun.