July 24, 2013 |
LA JOLLA -- The theater can do just about anything in my book, as long as it doesn't take place in a car. Driving always looks so ludicrous onstage, never more so than in the recent Pasadena Playhouse dud, "Sleepless in Seattle," in which a brief scene behind the wheel exhumed for me the buried memory of a cardboard cutout sedan shuffling across the stage of a school assembly. Such an aesthetically traumatic incident can send a theater critic back into therapy for an entire season.
May 31, 1998 |
Pity the poor American theater. It suffers from a bad case of the "how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?' blues. Its most talented directors, it seems, often move on to greener pastures in other mediums. A case in point: multiple Tony-winner Des McAnuff, who announced in 1993 that he would be stepping down from his post as artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse to pursue other goals. He had heard the siren call of celluloid.
February 4, 1990 |
Athol Fugard's choice of the La Jolla Playhouse for the first West Coast presentation of his latest play, "My Children! My Africa!," may come as something of a surprise to the theater community. Given both his and the Market Theatre's many previous associations with Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum and its artistic director, Gordon Davidson, La Jolla's announcement last week that it had wooed the play to its stage in July is a testament to tenacity and the powers of direct contact.
October 30, 1994 |
It's a gorgeous day, and the Pacific is so close that surf noises are distracting. Director Des McAnuff is sitting in his living room, doors flung open to the sea, explaining why he really isn't leaving La Jolla and the theater he's turned into a major national contender. Never mind that last year he announced he was concluding 12 years as artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse to become its "director-in-residence."
April 18, 1986
The La Jolla Playhouse will open its 1986 season June 1 with the world premiere of a jazz musical by the late Julian (Cannonball) Adderly and his brother Nat Adderley, called "Shout Up a Morning," based on the legend of John Henry. Leilani Jones, Charlaine Woodard and Michael Edward Stevens will be in the cast, directed by Des McAnuff.