September 6, 2008 |
Theater producers won't stop in the name of love or anything else when it comes to churning out musical remakes of hit films. So here comes "The First Wives Club," which the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego said Friday would have its premiere July 15-Aug. 23 in a prelude to a planned Broadway run. It's adapted from the 1996 dumped-babes buddy picture starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, and from the Olivia Goldsmith novel that preceded it. What's striking about "The First Wives Club" is its promise of an original score of new songs by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, the trio of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees who helped make Motown in the 1960s.
December 16, 2007 |
One could hardly call it a vintage year for new musicals, but there were small theatrical delights to be had, the best of which were marvelously unexpected. Here, in alphabetical order, are the memorable sleepers as well as the blockbuster and camp extravaganza that sweetened the annual mix: "after the quake," La Jolla Playhouse.
November 14, 2005 |
Full of unsympathetic characters and wild deviations of plot, Shakespeare's so-called problem plays are meditations on excess that helped shape the tragic vision of the masterpieces to come. In exploring the impossibility of ever reforming human nature or society, he sometimes paints himself into a corner (in the unfinished "Timon of Athens," for instance).
June 9, 2005 |
Appearances by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre from London, the Piccolo Teatro di Milano from Italy, "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" author Alexander McCall Smith, French actress Isabelle Huppert, and a group of friends and performers paying tribute to the late monologuist Spalding Gray will highlight the 2005-'06 UCLA Live season. The season, announced Wednesday, will consist of 72 events or about 120 performances, compared with 66 events comprising 138 performances in 2004-'05.
December 17, 2003 |
An alligator in a tuxedo is dancing across a stage singing in Italian. A pirate flourishes a sword. A girl falls to the stage, poisoned. Peter Pan bounds to her side. "Wendy," he exclaims, "como stai?" Shakespeare it is not, but the Bard would probably recognize the venue -- a faithful copy of England's famous Globe Theatre, set amid the lushness of Rome's beguiling Borghese Park. Actually, the theater is a replica of a replica, but a copy by any other name....
September 27, 2003 |
At first glance, "Blue/Orange" looks like one of those argumentative plays such as "Art," which also has a cast of three men. But the stakes in "Blue/Orange," at the Old Globe Theatre, are considerably higher. A man's life is on the line. He's a mental patient named Christopher (Teagle F. Bougere).