August 25, 1987 |
"The Early Girl," in Caroline Kava's play at the Back Alley Theatre, is the girl who takes care of the pre-5 p.m. trade at Lana's Cathouse somewhere in the desert. Lana (Morgan Lofting), a dainty woman who favors designer blouses, runs a tight ship. As she tells her girls, there is no room for "surprises" in the sex business. "He decides what he wants and pays for it, in the parlor, before you take him to your room."
March 18, 1988 |
"Little Nikita" (citywide), a refreshingly original thriller that is also a wrenchingly poignant family drama, announces its ambitious scope with an opening composed of seemingly disconnected events that provoke questions immediately. What has a parade down a classic small-town American Main Street have to do an IRS man who's fatally stabbed in an office at the Caliente race track? Or a pretty water-skier deliberately run down by a boat in San Diego Bay?
December 20, 1989 |
In "Born on the Fourth of July's" best scene, young, wheelchair-bound Ron Kovic and another traumatically wounded Vietnam War vet sit in the dark of Kovic's back yard, drinking a liberating number of beers and remembering high school classmates who've been killed--already, in the early years of the war.
March 11, 1990 |
"There are no heads or tails in theater of the absurd," pronounced Nitza Henig, two of whose plays are included in a trio of one-acts opening this weekend at the Shepard Theatre Complex in Hollywood under the title of one of them, "Flame's Call." Her first piece, "Repercussions," deals with the triangle of a mother, father and grown daughter, a relationship unfolded in a series of letters. "After a child leaves home, what's left?," asked Henig, an Israeli native.
January 30, 1998 |
Do you remember where you were on Sept. 4, 1969, when Charles Burke Elbrick, U.S. ambassador to Brazil, was kidnapped by Marxist revolutionaries in Rio de Janeiro? Of course not. If you were old enough to be politically alert then, you were probably too focused on the upheaval at home to be jarred by an overseas event that wasn't even meant to be taken personally by Americans.
April 19, 1986 |
Joseph (Jock) Yablonski didn't die in vain when he was murdered 16 years ago by the corrupt leadership of his own United Mine Workers union. But you'd never know that from watching HBO's new movie, "Act of Vengeance." Starring Charles Bronson as the doomed reform candidate and Wilford Brimley as W.A.