July 13, 1990 |
It was H.L. Mencken's stated conviction that Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen didn't deal in extraordinary thoughts, just obvious ones ". . . ideas of the utmost simplicity," he insisted. "There is nothing mysterious in them; there is not even anything new in them. Above all, there is no idiotic symbolism in them. They mean just what they say." Director Stein Winge appears to think so too.
July 15, 1991 |
To borrow a lyric from its most famous song, let's see how bewitched, bothered and bewildered we are by the Long Beach Civic Light Opera revival of Rodgers and Hart's "Pal Joey." A couple of scenes in the second act qualify as bewitching. "Den of Iniquity" is a seriously steamy bedroom duet between rich lady Vera Simpson (Dixie Carter) and her younger lover Joey (Peter Reardon). From my well-positioned seat, I could almost see the sweat.
September 19, 1999 |
"There is a prevailing attitude in a lot of television that if you are over 24, your face shouldn't be on the airwaves," confesses Chris Thompson, creator and executive producer of two new comedies: CBS' "Ladies Man" and Fox's "Action." But Thompson is ignoring the "prevailing" attitude. "I've got the two oldest stars in Hollywood," he says referring to the fact he cast veteran sitcom star Betty White in CBS's "Ladies Man" and the legendary comic Buddy Hackett in Fox's "Action."
April 6, 2012 |
Few actors own a role the way Hal Holbrook owns Mark Twain. The Tony- and Emmy-winning actor, who recently turned 87, has played the humorist in his one-man stage play "Mark Twain Tonight!" since 1954, logging thousands of performances and many more miles traveling with the show. But longevity doesn't necessarily guarantee that you have an exclusive monopoly on a part. A relative newbie to the Twain game, Val Kilmer recently launched his own one-man play, "Citizen Twain," running in a workshop production at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever cemetery through Wednesday.
May 8, 1992 |
Almost daily, a fresh assortment of T-shirts commemorating the L.A. riots turns up. Among the first was Fresh Jive's version--"No Justice No Peace"--in stores last Friday in Philadelphia, New York and L.A. It sold out the same day. Others are now selling on L.A. streets for about $5 to $15. The slogans range from righteous to ridiculous: "Visit L.A. It's a Riot," "My Mom Looted Fedco and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt," "I Survived the L.A. Riots" and "Increase the Peace."
August 9, 1991
In their newest ad campaign, the folks at Gitano are targeting the last group you'd expect to see in a sexy jeans commercial--mature women. Actresses Betty White (age 66) Dixie Carter (51) and Marilu Henner (38) have their own TV spots for the jeans, debuting this week. Henner's and Carter's svelte, denim-clad physiques are closely studied by the camera lens. White is camouflaged by an overstuffed pillow, but company VPs say that's coincidence, not modesty.
July 20, 1995 |
In theater, it's timing, not time, that is of the essence. Although expositionally unwieldy at points, Mark Kemble's "Names" at the Matrix is a miracle of timing, from the exceptional performances to its freighted political message, a clarion warning against the dangers of demagoguery. The play propounds a fictionalized meeting at the Algonquin Hotel in 1952 between former members of the famed Group Theatre.
January 16, 2004 |
"Between the Lines" is a frustratingly uneven documentary miniseries from A&E that uses various sorts of written communication as a hook to present a collection of mostly unrelated segments that on the whole replicate the ruling aesthetic of A&E -- a network that dresses itself like a cousin to PBS, but which is largely taken up with old cop shows and various packages of true-crime sensationalism and human-interest goo.