June 22, 1995 |
The Matrix Theatre has a policy of mixing and matching its casts, as it does in its smart new production of Samuel Beckett's "Endgame." In a performance seen Friday night, Robin Gammell played the lord of the manor, Hamm, as a chatty wisecracker. He's less grandiose than the other Hamm--Charles Hallahan--who fills the stage with puffed-up nobility. Consequently, the play's focus shifted a bit, particularly to Allan Arbus' Nagg, Hamm's crotchety, much abused dad.
May 25, 1991 |
Can "Other People's Money" fit other people's stages? "Yes" is the answer indicated by the Pasadena Playhouse production's move to tighter quarters at the Westwood Playhouse. Even the Deborah Raymond set squeezes onto the smaller stage, with some loss of spaciousness but not of functionality. Director Kevin Conway (who gives a sizzling lead performance as Larry the Liquidator) has made minor adjustments to accommodate the new space.
March 1, 1996 |
Four years ago, Dirk Shafer, struggling to get a foothold in Hollywood, felt he had lucked out when he was named Playgirl magazine's centerfold of the year. The only catch was that Shafer is gay, and he had no idea what he would be in for in living a lie for a full year. From this experience Shafer has written and directed the clever "Man of the Year."
March 29, 1996 |
Claudette Sutherland's "Dog Man" at the Matrix Theatre is a powerful revelation, a one-woman show that starts with a modest reminiscence and builds to a shuddering emotional climax. Sutherland--a compact woman with a pixieish face (she originated the role of Smitty in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway in 1962)--performs on a virtually bare stage, seamlessly weaving together distant and recent past into a moving and deeply forgiving portrait of her father.
November 1, 1993 |
In a way, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Abe Burrows had the last word against the disease that killed him in 1985. Or at least the last song. Wednesday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, the Alzheimer's Assn. used Burrows' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (for which Frank Loesser wrote the music and lyrics) as the centerpiece for its "A Night at Sardi's" fund-raiser, which netted $210,000.
June 15, 1995 |
"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space--were it not that I have bad dreams," said Hamlet. Hamm, the tattered protagonist of Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" is the king of that nutshell. He reigns in a concrete basement, in a filthy robe that was once royal red. He is attended by his vexed servant Clov and annoyed by two ancient, dusty parents, Nagg and Nell. They pop up occasionally from the trash bin in which they live, sucking on dog biscuits.