March 12, 1994 |
David Ford's "Too Good to Be True" will be given a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive. The play, about employees of a national AIDS charity, won second prize last week in SCR's California Playwrights Competition for unproduced scripts.
January 6, 1987 |
Bill Talen's solo show, "Cooking Harry," at the Cast Theatre only lasts an hour; but there's something to it. The title refers to Talen's Uncle Harry, once born-to-run, now condemned to barbecuing burgers out by the pool. But, as with a Spalding Gray monologue, the real subject is the storyteller.
November 21, 2007 |
Part horror movie, part agitprop theater, "What Would Jesus Buy?" is a documentary on a mission. Loud, proud and cheeky, the film runs roughshod over corporate behemoths Disney, Starbucks and Wal-Mart as it preaches a sermon of simplicity and consumer awareness. "WWJB?" wends its way across the country, following the antics of the Church of Stop Shopping, a gospel-flavored musical comedy troupe that aims to educate Americans about the over-commercialization of Christmas and related ills.
November 23, 2007 |
Buy Nothing Day is getting a Jesus jolt. Performance artist Bill Talen assumes the persona of the Rev. Billy, often accompanied by a gospel choir, to use the histrionics and cadences of a televangelist (think Jimmy Swaggart) in an anticonsumerism effort to convert people to his "Church of Stop Shopping." And for today's shopping frenzy, Talen is upping his profile with a colorful campaign promoting a new documentary film about his efforts, "What Would Jesus Buy?"
November 9, 2003 |
Walking Into the Night A Novel Olaf Olafsson Pantheon: 266 pp., $23 If you read Olaf Olafsson's last novel, "The Journey Home," you know you are in the hands of a writer who is a master puppeteer, violently pulling the strings of memory, desire and fate, even as the words flow calmly and sensuously from his pen. "Walking Into the Night" is the story of Christian Benediktsson, for 16 years the butler at San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst's estate.
December 21, 1986 |
When it comes to theater openings, Christmas week is traditionally the week that wasn't. Looking ahead to January, however, monologuist Bill Talen will open Jan. 4 at Cast-at-the-Circle with his newest work, "Cooking Harry," based on the character of Talen's uncle, claimed to be "King of the outdoor barbecue chefs" (he should get plenty of argument over that). Around that time too--Jan.