February 26, 1993 |
It all starts with a fly. A fly buzzing around in a car with failing air-conditioning and non-functioning windows, stuck on the L.A. freeways in the Mother of All Traffic Jams on the hottest day of the year. If this sounds like a setup, you're beginning to get the picture. There is a man inside the car, an ostentatiously average citizen with a white shirt and tie, brush haircut and clunky glasses, even a pen shield in his shirt pocket and a patriotic "D-Fens" personalized license plate.
February 21, 1993 |
The screenplay for "Falling Down" was a reaction to a lot of things. It is difficult to be specific about interior motivations, especially if they are buried back at the beginning of a long process of bringing clarity to a mental soup concocted of the past and present, the personal and public. What follows are a few of the images and thoughts that assailed me at the beginning and that I still find relevant, now that the journey is over.
October 2, 1994 |
Here's the lineup for Showtime's "Directed By" series, week by week: "Texan" Sunday at 10 p.m. Directed by Treat Williams. Starring Dabney Coleman, Dana Delany, Charles Durning and Brian Doyle Murray, with a cameo by Williams. David Mamet penned this mystery about an ex-fighter pilot who suspects his beautiful young wife of shady dealings after he learns she's withdrawn a huge sum of money from her bank account. "On Hope" Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Directed by JoBeth Williams.
May 22, 1989 |
South Coast Repertory had a big weekend. The industrious playgoer could see new plays by Marlane Meyer, Beth Henley and Robert Daseler, and attend readings of new scripts by Sam Garcia Jr. and Philip Kan Gotanda, all part of SCR's California Play Festival--Calfest. With time for only one show, I chose Meyer's "The Geography of Luck." This started as a reading at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and will return there for a mainstage production in August. It's a work in transition, although you wouldn't know it from Roberta Levitow's assured SCR production, featuring Ebbe Roe Smith as an ex-con trying to connect with his life and Elizabeth Ruscio as a woman who is ready to help him, up to a point.
July 23, 1985 |
It is, perhaps, the La Jolla Playhouse's most ambitious production of the season. The sets by Doug Stein star as a series of colorful, cartoon-like, corrugated cutout drops. They go up and down, supplemented by wagons that roll on and off. The pit is a command post of assorted technician/musicians who run tapes when they're not noodling synthesizers or instruments.