November 11, 1995 |
South Coast Repertory's production of Cheryl West's "Jar the Floor," the first and only work by a black American playwright ever mounted by the company, swept top honors in the eighth annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People bestowed four prizes on the comedy, which revolved around four black women of different generations.
November 7, 1994 |
A friend once had a dream that she was strangling her mother. She then pushed her mother out of the way and began to strangle a strange woman in a 1920s dress. Next in line for strangling was another unknown woman, decked out circa 1880. Cheryl L. West's "Jar the Floor," now at South Coast Repertory, is like that dream, only fleshed out with great dialogue and infinitely more moving.
May 10, 1993 |
The situation pursued by Carol Galligan in her play "Out of Purgatory," which opened Saturday at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage of Balboa Park's Old Globe Theatre, seems made to wreak predictable havoc: Irish-American Catholic marries Israeli now living in Manhattan and never the twain's religious convictions shall meet. But Galligan doesn't settle for that. She pours gasoline on the fire.
March 9, 1996 |
A Japanese American officer serving in a segregated regiment helps liberate Dachau concentration camp in 1945. In doing so he rescues survivor Leon Ehrlich, a German Jew, and the two become lifelong friends. Soon, the Japanese American, known as Sam, is dropping words like "mensch" and "meshuggena," and Leon feels a craving for sushi on the Fourth of July.
November 12, 1990 |
Heads up, Dorothy. The Yellow Brick Road of stage and screen isn't just yellow anymore. It's got as many colors as a smog-free sunrise, and it's twice as complex. That's the rainbow of culture that today's theater professionals confront as they look for ways to combat decades of racism and meet the demands of the new polyglot reality.
September 10, 1997 |
Miracles are hard to come by, in both the real world and the theater. Or are they? Does it just take vision to see that life is a miracle we live with every day? Frank Higgins' "Miracles," now in a West Coast premiere at the Old Globe Theatre's Cassius Carter Centre Stage, tackles the question with intermittent moments of magic.