February 6, 2001 |
Patrick Buchanan's star may be falling, four years at a time, but the presidential hopeful remains a reliable punch line. At one point in Arje Shaw's play "The Gathering," now in a pre-Broadway run at Brentwood's Wadsworth Theater, a Holocaust survivor's son, recently hired as a speech writer for President Ronald Reagan, is seated for Sabbath dinner with his family. The phone rings. It's his boss, Reagan communications director Buchanan.
February 4, 2001 |
As a child growing up in the Bronx, Harold Lipshitz dreamed of becoming a big-band leader. After receiving his high school diploma, he decided to change his name. "Swing and sway with Harold Lipshitz just didn't parse," Hal Linden explains, flashing a rueful smile. A half-century later, Linden is again confronting issues of identity and assimilation in "The Gathering," a play by Arje Shaw that explores the relationship of a Holocaust survivor to his son, grandson--and to his traumatic past.
May 16, 2000 |
A lot of us grew up, more or less, in the vicinity of Hal Linden. There he was, on the early '60s "Anything Goes" cast album as Billy Crocker, adjusting his bow tie and grinning. There he was, eight seasons on "Barney Miller," for which Linden won three Emmys as the stalwart center of a strong situation comedy. Even in less interesting ventures, Linden has proven a genial, versatile, classy presence.
June 23, 1997 |
It might have been a skit from the old "Carol Burnett Show": a woman marching in a Salvation Army band lets out a huge, high-pitched sneeze, doffs her uniform and steps into the spotlight wearing a spangly Bob Mackie gown. But not this time. This was Carol Burnett in her premiere appearance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, and the audience was loving it.
May 17, 1996 |
Hal Linden didn't star in the BBC-TV's acclaimed series "The Singing Detective," but its title neatly sums up his career. Long before he became famous in the title role of the comical cop on ABC-TV's "Barney Miller," Linden was a singing star on Broadway, doing such shows as 1958's "Bells Are Ringing" and 1970's "The Rothschilds," for which he won a Tony as best actor in a musical.