July 25, 1989 |
If Michelle Pfeiffer, one of the world's most beautiful actresses, can say she is less than happy with her looks because of the way her lips curl downward at the corners of her mouth, then it is easy to understand why Cyrano has such a profound reaction to his giant-size nose. That at least is how Charles Lanyer, the star of "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the Grove Shakespeare Festival, explains what he believes to be "the universal appeal" of Edmond Rostand's crowd-pleasing hero.
June 25, 1999 |
John Huckert's "Hard," one of the best films from Outfest '98, is an ambitious and successful first effort, a taut, chilling police procedural that plays the plight of a closeted gay cop (Noel Palomaria) against the rampaging of a savage serial killer (Malcolm Moorman). "Hard" represents an imaginative, provocative use of genre that is rightly deeply disturbing in its implications.
January 14, 1987 |
The late Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" of life in a small southwest Texas town is about dying pride--local denizens clinging to the remnants of tattered flags. The least of these three plays, "Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Overlander," receives a solid production by the Bank Playhouse at the comfortably appointed Balcony Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse. The acting is impressive and the production a crowd pleaser. "Lu Ann Hampton . . .
January 9, 1999 |
A cocky, 25-year-old piano virtuoso travels to Vienna, expecting to study with a master piano teacher who will work him through a performing block that is paralyzing his career. Instead, he finds that he must first spend several months studying with an aging, eccentric vocal teacher. Worlds apart, yet more alike than they know, these men butt heads immediately.
April 13, 1985 |
The Los Angeles Actors' Theatre is billing its new show as "William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' directed and freely adapted by Charles Marowitz." It would be more accurate to call it "Charles Marowitz's 'Hamlet,' based on materials supplied by William Shakespeare." Marowitz started doing his Shakespearean collages more than 20 years ago. The idea is to shake up the original text, as you might a box of Scrabble letters, and see what new combinations are called forth.
April 13, 1998 |
"Arcadia" is the most romantic play about thermodynamics and chaos theory ever written. It is also the most enjoyable. Understanding this, South Coast Repertory has paid careful attention to casting the two romantic leads in its worthwhile new production of "Arcadia," Tom Stoppard's extraordinary 1993 intellectual detective story.