November 30, 1989 |
A detached retina suffered by the lead actor in the Los Angeles Theatre Center production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" put the play's run in possible jeopardy Wednesday as the performer, Philip Baker Hall, underwent surgery. Diane White, LATC's producing director, said the retinal detachment was discovered by Hall's physicians Tuesday night--an evening when the play, which opened last month and is scheduled to run until Dec. 10, was dark.
March 13, 2005
It's no wonder to me that ["Memoirs of a Geisha" director] Rob Marshall spent a year searching for the right Japanese actress to play Sayuri only to come up empty-handed ["The Geisha, in Translation," March 6]. His own comments speak of his actions: "That's another world for me," "that's something I can't speak about because I don't know the relationship there," "that's not where my focus is." It's very apparent that the only thing in total focus for him is being a Hollywood showbiz sellout.
February 19, 1986 |
One can envy the Asian-American playwright both for the wealth of his theatrical heritage and for the natural way he draws on it. Wakako Yamauchi's "The Memento" at the East West Players (reviewed here Monday) centers on a haunted Noh mask. David Hwang's "As the Crow Flies" and "The Sound of a Voice" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center employ the ghosts and the demon-women of Kabuki.
June 2, 1989 |
Steve Carter knew black-on-black racism well, growing up in New York City. His West Indian-born maternal grandfather had little use for American blacks--particularly the one his daughter had married. He was a follower of Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa" movement of the 1920s. He believed passionately that blacks were superior to whites. When young Steve would come home from school with bad grades, his grandfather blamed his American blood. Carter, 59, remembers that time in "Eden," currently at Los Angeles Theatre Center.
November 20, 1988 |
Says New York Shakespeare Festival producer Joe Papp: "I employ three full-time casting directors. I couldn't work without them." Says Taper chief Gordon Davidson: "Back at UCLA I did it all. But when I got here, I had to create a casting department." Says the Los Angeles Theatre Center's Diane White: "We've had a casting director and a casting associate ever since this theater opened." What is a casting director? Not the person who decides who's going to be in the show.