May 11, 2001 |
You might want to think carefully before dialing "Room Service" at Canoga Park's West Valley Playhouse. Chiefly remembered nowadays as a problematic 1938 movie vehicle for the Marx Brothers, this onetime Broadway hit by John Murray and Allen Boretz proves a seriously dated period farce. The formulaic backstage antics revolve around an unscrupulous producer's efforts to get his latest show on the boards.
May 14, 1997 |
"Room Service," which is getting a big, stylish, knockabout revival at the Laguna Playhouse's Moulton Theater, couldn't be written today. It reflects a bygone era when Broadway played a crowning role in the national culture even as Hollywood was stealing its glory, if not yet its thunder.
May 17, 1986 |
Howard Twitty, who has helped rebuild his game by reading Ben Hogan's instructional book, shot his second straight two-under-par 68 Friday to tie David Edwards for the lead at 136 in the second round of the Colonial National Invitation golf tournament at Fort Worth. Hogan, the legendary player who once called Colonial his home course and who won the tournament five times, published a book a generation ago, listing what he called the five fundamentals of golf.
April 12, 2008 |
James Blake's perseverance and Andy Roddick's power gave the United States a commanding lead over France in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Blake fought off two match points to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on Friday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series at Winston-Salem, N.C. Roddick had 30 aces on the indoor hard-court in a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) victory over Michael Llodra in the opening match.
September 6, 1987 |
Don't ask Robert Woodruff to compare his staging of "The Tempest" (opening Monday at the La Jolla Playhouse) to anybody else's. He's never seen another production. "My mind is virtually uncluttered--empty," said the director. Well, not exactly. For the past several months, he and set designer Doug Stein have been carving out a definite image of the piece. "We tried lots of things," Woodruff said. "Like a motel; that was silly. But when I saw this set (design), I said, 'This is the play.'