February 9, 1997 |
Oasis' Noel Gallagher found himself the center of a storm (again) in Britain after declaring that taking drugs is "like getting up and having a cup of tea in the morning" during a live national radio interview. Predictably, the musician was roundly condemned by politicians and commentators--including Labour Party Member of Parliament Gerry Bermingham, who proposed a new law to make promoting drug-taking a criminal offense.
June 12, 1996 |
Laddy Sartin's "Catfish Moon," which had its West Coast premiere over the weekend at the Theatre District, is a pleasant, bittersweet little play that might be called a country cousin of Lanford Wilson's slight romantic comedies. The action is set in the rural South on an old abandoned fishing pier that Curley (Steve Howard) has just purchased, though he can't afford it. The lake smells to him like the "fragrance of paradise."
March 2, 1995 |
You may have had your heart broken by Ken Kesey's unforgettable novel 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" or been blown away by the 1975 film version, which won five major Oscars. Dale Wasserman's stage adaptation, yet another powerful retelling of the tragicomic adventures of R.P. McMurphy and his nuthouse pals, is being brought to vivid, memorable life by the Theatre District in Costa Mesa. If you know "Cuckoo's Nest," and especially if you don't, you don't want to miss it.
April 1, 1998 |
Silent-screen star Lillian Gish once recalled an incident in which a director told her to "act crazy" to portray an insane woman. She objected, realizing that madness is about interior desolation. For the most part, directors Mario and Joan Lescot have kept the acting crazy to a minimum in their revival of Dale Wasserman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the Theatre District, but an actor's tendency to embellish can get out of hand.
September 20, 1989 |
In the program for Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse's "Baby," director Craig V. Fenter describes the musical this way: "Babies are cute. Babies are fun. Babies are charming. One would expect a show called 'Baby' to be the same. But . . . 'Baby' is a show about realism (and) life and death issues that touch at the core of human existence." That's one interpretation.
August 10, 1992 |
Manager Buck Rodgers faces another operation, probably in November, on his right elbow, this time to shave bone spurs from his surgically repaired elbow and improve the mobility of the joint. Rodgers underwent five hours of surgery to reassemble his shattered elbow and a one-hour operation on his left knee after the team's May 21 bus accident.