October 3, 1989 |
Los Angeles Theatre Center plans a season of brand-new plays with an international flavor for the first half of 1990. Four of the five world premieres announced Monday by the theater are set entirely or largely outside the United States. The season will kick off with the theater's annual Festival of Premieres, featuring Anna Deavere Smith's "Piano" (Feb. 3-March 11), Eduardo Machado's "Stevie Wants to Play the Blues" (Feb. 17-April 8) and Lisette Lecat Ross' "Dark Sun" (March 10-April 29).
September 30, 1987 |
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" led the pack as the Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter of of the NAACP announced the recipients of its 1987 Theatre Awards on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Theatre Center production of August Wilson's drama about racial tension behind the scenes at a 1927 Chicago recording session won 12 of the 112 awards, which will be presented in a ceremony at UCLA on Nov. 2. This is the first year the Theatre Awards have been separated from the rest of the National Assn.
June 8, 1987 |
The night I saw it on Broadway, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" felt more like a delaying action than a play: an hour's wait for a 10-minute bus trip. August Wilson's drama makes a much stronger impression at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Even when nothing is happening, something is getting into a position to happen. And when it does, it's devastating. The time is 1927, the scene a recording studio in Chicago, far in from the lake.
July 26, 1987 |
Padua Hills lives on. After a bumpy start this year (including a previously announced cancellation), the 10th annual Padua Hills Playwrights' Workshop/Festival has touched down at the Boyd St. Theatre, where, beginning Thursday, five new pieces will be performed in repertory. "It feels like a miracle that we've done it--because it's been a struggle every year," offered artistic director Murray Mednick. "Since we left Pomona (College) four years ago, we've had to scramble to find a place.
June 11, 1990 |
It is always interesting to see ourselves as others see us, if not necessarily always pleasant. On occasion it can even be compelling, depending on whose eyes are doing the looking. Poet/playwright Derek Walcott's experienced eyes are doing it at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where his "Viva Detroit" opened over the weekend. But the object of Walcott's focus, however ambitious, remains boxed in tight two- and three-shots.
December 25, 1988 |
There aren't many theater openings at Christmas time. So we're devoting this week's column to a glimpse of scheduled theater events in 1989. The Mark Taper Forum starts off with Jon Robin Baitz's "Dutch Landscape," directed by Gordon Davidson opening Jan. 19.