August 6, 1988 |
Los Angeles audiences had a good time at Ron Milner's "Checkmates" last season, first at the Inner City Cultural Center, then at the Westwood Playhouse. Ah, but was Milner's comedy good enough for Broadway? It arrived there Thursday night, at the 46th St. Theater. The New York Times' Frank Rich thought that it wasn't good enough.
February 2, 1987
When the Philadelphia 76ers went 9-73 in 1972-73 for the worst record in NBA history, Roy Rubin was fired as the coach in midseason when the club was 4-47. Ray Didinger of the Philadelphia Daily News, in a story on the team, recalled that Rubin later invested in a Broadway play that folded after two performances. The title of the play was "Tough to Get Help." The leading man was killed in a fire. The playwright died of a heart attack in his early 40s.
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April 19, 1997 |
Joe Farkas would not miss a Seder dinner at his parents' home for anything in the world. When Pesach--the Hebrew word for Passover--is mentioned to Lala Levy, she does not know what the word means. The 22-year-old went to a Seder dinner once in fifth grade and didn't like it.
April 2, 2013 |
In the program for "Lucky Guy," the play Nora Ephron raced to complete before her death last year, there's a note by the author titled "Journalism: A Love Story. " That's a pretty good description of the drama, Ephron's valentine to New York City's smoke-filled, hangover-zonked newsrooms during the fierce tabloid wars of the 1980s and '90s. This was the period when racial tensions were soaring, the crack epidemic was in full swing and the streets were so tough it wasn't always easy to tell the good guys from the bad. Chronicling this tumult were three pugnacious newspapers -- the New York Post, the New York Daily News and the newcomer, New York Newsday -- which fought for readers' attention subway car by subway car, their covers singling out heroes and villains in the town's cast of corkers.
March 28, 1999 |
Director David Schweizer sits on a saggy couch, just a couple of feet away from a round wooden table and chairs, in the lobby of the Actors' Gang Theater in Hollywood. The sofa is the kind of serviceable number you'd expect to find in the front room of a nonprofit company. But the table and chairs seem even older, and slightly out of place. In fact, the grouping looks suspiciously like the theatrical set that looms in the background, just over the director's shoulder. As well it should.
July 3, 1993 |
Fred Gwynne, a dour but lovable stage, film and television actor for four decades who was best remembered for his leading roles in the 1960s cult television series "The Munsters" and "Car 54 Where Are You?" died Friday. He was 66. Gwynne died in his home near Baltimore of pancreatic cancer, his New York legal representatives at Kraditor, Haber & Bienstock announced.