November 26, 1987 |
Who would have thought that one of the highlights of the theater year would be a radio show? But there it is, on KCRW (89.9 FM) all day today: the L.A. Classic Theatre Works' production of "Babbitt." We had a stage version of Sinclair Lewis' novel at the Mark Taper Forum earlier this season. But the radio production is the whole book, 14 1/2 hours of it, read by an all-star cast headed by the wonderful Ed Asner as George F. ("Homes for Folks") Babbitt.
August 13, 2012 |
Hollywood tackled the 1963 kidnap and killing of Los Angeles police officer Ian James Campbell in the 1979 film "The Onion Field. " But the film ended up playing a role in ensuring that one of the two convicted killers, Gregory Ulas Powell, stayed behind bars until his death Sunday at age 79 . In "The Onion Field," Powell was portrayed by actor James Woods. In 1982, Powell and accomplice Jimmy Lee Smith were scheduled to be paroled, but only Smith got out. Powell's parole was revoked after a public outcry spurred in part by a television broadcast of the movie.
October 8, 1988 |
"Who's that strange person under there?" Franklyn Seales wonders that every night when he looks at himself in makeup as the arch, aristocratic peacock Pavel, a former military man consumed with unrequited love in "Nothing Sacred," George C. Walker's funny, poignant adaptation of Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons" now playing at the Mark Taper Forum. "I wanted to give the impression of a sad clown--without making it a clown actually.
September 6, 1998 |
The Onion Field (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) is the grueling, uneven but engrossing and deeply affecting 1979 film which Joseph Wambaugh adapted from his own nonfiction novel about a notorious, still-controversial cop-killing and its aftermath. James Woods is a thoroughly scary psychopath, and Franklyn Seales' stooge is an even more complex characterization. The picture is not the least of all a grimly convincing expose of a justice system that creates its own victims. John Savage co-stars.
July 24, 1987 |
What makes a play worth reviving? First, of course, the quality of the play itself. Then the quality of the revival. Eighteen years after the fact, Charles Gordone's Pulitzer Prize-winning "No Place to Be Somebody" at the Matrix proves one thing among many: that for once, the Pulitzer committee (whose track record in this area has been far from illustrious) picked well.
April 13, 1985 |
The Los Angeles Actors' Theatre is billing its new show as "William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' directed and freely adapted by Charles Marowitz." It would be more accurate to call it "Charles Marowitz's 'Hamlet,' based on materials supplied by William Shakespeare." Marowitz started doing his Shakespearean collages more than 20 years ago. The idea is to shake up the original text, as you might a box of Scrabble letters, and see what new combinations are called forth.