June 5, 1998 |
Caroline Link's highly accomplished and engrossing Oscar-nominated German film "Beyond Silence" has the look of an idyll. An attractive couple, Martin and Kai Bischoff (Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit), live with their beautiful 8-year-old daughter (Tatjana Trieb) in a lovely 19th century farmhouse in the Bavarian countryside. When it snows the place is as inviting as an old-fashioned Christmas card.
February 22, 1989 |
Acoalition of organizations for the deaf and hearing-impaired has launched a letter-writing campaign to block the airing of an episode of CBS-TV's "The Equalizer" in which a hearing actress portrays a hearing-impaired character. "We are all sick and tired of this particular form of discrimination," Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich says in editorials airing on the Silent Network, a basic-cable service for the deaf.
September 2, 1986 |
The unanswered question about Peter Sellars is: Is he just playing theater games, or does he mean it? In "Ajax" at the La Jolla Playhouse, I think he means it. This was probably the show that led Sellars' bosses at the Kennedy Center to decide that they had better give him a "sabbatical" from the American National Theatre while there was still some money left in the bank. Sellars' production of Sophocles' tragedy is not a grabber.
July 5, 1986 |
Good reviews from London for Donald Freed's political thriller "Circe and Bravo," first seen at Los Angeles' MET Theater in 1984. Faye Dunaway stars in the London production, at the Hampstead Theatre, and naturally the critics focused on her. Michael Billington of the Guardian found her "vivid and expressive" in the role of "an American First Lady going off her trolley at Camp David." And Rosalie Horner of the Daily Express found her "compelling."
September 15, 1987 |
In this age of enlightenment, what's a playwright for? Convenience. He's there to provide a skeleton on which a director can display his wares. Do his own thing. Naturally, the deader the playwright, the better. As "The Tempest" at the La Jolla Playhouse goes to some lengths (and widths and heights) to prove, who needs Shakespeare when we can have the nightmare visions of Robert Woodruff?
September 24, 1986 |
At last week's annual meeting of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Assn., one middle-aged board member sadly shook her head. "I never thought I would live to see this day," she said, walking past picketing musicians. A few days later principal harpist Sheila Sterling stood with her sign outside Symphony Hall, handing out leaflets critical of the association's management. She, too, was astonished at the turn of events: "They never told us at Juilliard that we would be doing this."