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.
October 7, 2011 |
Darby Ziegler stopped by her local Walgreens drugstore in Huntington Beach the other day to refill a prescription. She got her meds — and some surprising news. Beginning Jan. 1, Walgreens will no longer fill prescriptions for Anthem Blue Cross members, meaning that they'll have to switch to another drugstore if they want their insurance to keep covering their meds. "My husband and I have been going to this Walgreens for 10 or 12 years," said Ziegler, 43. "They don't even have to look us up on the computer.