June 26, 1998 |
When you spot a credit for a "Mouse and Roach Wrangler," you know you're watching a film about the squalid heart and soul of New York City. Viewers nostalgic for Manhattan may enjoy some of the hometown touches in "Broadway Damage"--like desperate apartment hunters who consult the obituary pages to get a jump on the latest vacancies. For those not suffering withdrawal pangs for the Big Apple, however, the rewards of this film are few.
December 5, 2000 |
"A Holiday Cabaret," an annual seasonal get-together of cabaret artists, serves a double purpose. It provides an opportunity for performers, well-known and lesser-known, to receive showcase visibility in exchange for their donated talents. And it raises funds for a variety of beneficiaries--this year for YouthVision, a program aimed at helping at-risk youths explore their creative potential via film.
November 13, 2005 |
Phoenix Nov. 19 (ongoing): "Lingerie: Secrets of Elegance" unfolds at the Phoenix Art Museum. In silk and cotton, satin and lace, chemises and crinolines, the exhibit explores such questions as, why do we need lingerie? Why do its shapes change so markedly over time? Why are these hidden garments so important that they rack up multimillion-dollar sales among women of all economic levels?
September 16, 2000 |
Complete with a 100% hum-the-hit guarantee, the Reprise! edition of Irving Berlin's "Call Me Madam" is a mellow treat, easily one of the best shows I've seen under this particular banner at the UCLA Freud Playhouse. Why this one? Certainly the Reprise! folks, presenting semi-staged concert editions of musicals, have undertaken stronger material. They have dealt with far bigger marquee-value names, though the Freud itself has no actual marquee. But this one clicks.
February 25, 2000 |
Now on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre: "Who Wants to Marry a 16th Century Protestant?" Our contestants include two soldiers claiming to be the real Martin Guerre, native of Artigat, "village of bitter fools," as one judgmental character (a judge, actually) calls it. In truth the musical in question carries the title "Martin Guerre." Since its 1996 London production, its subsequent revised London production and the 1998 revision of the revision, it has played U.S.
March 8, 2002 |
The title may sound antiquated, yet the 1949 musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was never really about what gentlemen want. It's about what the siren Lorelei Lee wants--to bag a wealthy husband. And the practice of screening potential spouses for their moola has not been completely banished from the 21st century--or from certain social strata in L.A. So while the fizzy Reprise!