February 3, 2004 |
You've already seen "Women Who Steal," the frenzied dark comedy about gender conflict at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Yes, really.
September 8, 1988 |
Much like his short stories, Tennessee Williams' one-act plays are slight, lyrical and romantic expressions. And like his full-length dramas, they dwell (sometimes inordinately) on characters who must create a fantasy environment to survive the hardness of real life, a place made that way by hard people. Williams dabbled in one-acts (and short stories) all through his career; some acted as poetic outlines for the larger works, many stood alone.
June 10, 1993 |
The cultural anthropology of "The Dining Room," A. R. Gurney's playful treatment of the disappearing Northeastern WASP, can be skewed toward nostalgia or satire with overweening zeal. Any director inclined to make the case for "creative" staging can find logic on both sides. To lean too heavily in either direction, however, seems a distortion of what Gurney had in mind. Which is why Keith Wolfe's foursquare approach to the play at the Costa Mesa Playhouse has a certain appeal.
October 17, 1997 |
In 1952 Quebec, Catholic Bishop Bilodeau is summoned to a maximum security prison to hear the confession of Simon Doucet, a dying man convicted of murder. But no sooner is he seated in the confessional than the bishop learns he's there to rehash his own sins and to make his own confession.
October 2, 1995
I found the conflicting assessments of "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" by Michael Kearns and Donald MacKechnie to be so very male (" 'Julie Newmar': Disguised Gay-Bashing or Artful Story?" Calendar, Sept. 25). Since the film was also reviewed by your male film critic Kenneth Turan, perhaps what we need is a female perspective. Kearns wondered how Wesley Snipes and "Today" show host Bryant Gumbel, on whose show Snipes appeared, "would respond to a white actor, pulling out all the stereotypes, pretending to be African American."
February 5, 1993 |
The Actors Company, which created the lifelike "Town Meeting" by engaging the audience in what appeared to be a heated city coun cil meeting, is staging another play about the schism between personal power and representative government--Shakespeare's pointed political drama "Coriolanus," at the Burbank Little Theatre. But we are not in the world of ancient Rome.