CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1986 |
As a scam, it had worked pretty well, netting thieves several million dollars' worth of jewelry over the last five years or so. But this time, Los Angeles police used a scam of their own, and that worked pretty well too, netting the officers nine suspects and serving notice that lawmen are out to break up the sophisticated gang of more than 100 Latin American nationals that has been operating in the downtown area for more than a decade. Lt.
February 29, 1996 |
During one song in the new Lloyd J. Schwartz-Ben Lanzarone musical, "You & Me," Hughie (Gary Imhoff), a go-getter entrepreneur-turned-mayor, complains about "middle-aged spread." Though it isn't visibly affecting Hughie, middle-aged spread is all over "You & Me." Director-choreographer Randy Brenner's production at the Ventura Court Theatre follows the musical's lead throughout; thus, when things are peppy and spry early on, the energy level suggests that we're in for a lively show about two lifelong friends, Hughie and Russell (Dan Sachoff)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1988
Both pride and ego go with the office of governor of California. After World War II, when our state began its rise to the most populous in the nation, four governors--Earl Warren, Goodwin Knight, Edmund (Pat) Brown and Ronald Reagan--privately but seldom publicly gave credit to the person who, more than any other, moved their programs into laws. He was Hugh Burns, longtime state Senate president pro tem and chairman of its Rules Committee. Had he lived in Elizabethan times, Burns could well have served in Parliament.
November 30, 1990 |
What fun can there be in going to plays night after night? Critics hear the question all the time, and have different answers. This corner's answer is simple: Seeing a playwright come up with a better play than his last one. That's one reason why Gary Jacobelly's raucous "Catch" at Al's Bar is fun (it's also serious, but more on that in a moment). Jacobelly is clearly getting his voice together. His last play, also at Al's, was a dreadful bit of word spew called "The Skin Man."
February 9, 1986 |
Eugene O'Neill's massive "The Iceman Cometh" opens Wednesday at the Doolittle Theatre, staged by Jose Quintero and starring Jason Robards. Robards and Quintero first did the play in 1956 at Off-Broadway's Circle-in-the-Square Theatre, a revival that established Robards as an importantactor and re-established O'Neill as a living presence in the American theater.
July 4, 1999
In Amy Wallace's otherwise fine article about Al Pacino ("The Place He Likes to Be," June 27), there was some misinformation. The role of Erie in Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie" was first performed in English not by Jason Robards but by Burgess Meredith in the 1963 Bath Theatre Festival production, reprised that same year in London. The night clerk was played by Jack MacGowran, who spoke his occasional lines as written, unlike the Robards and Ben Gazzara productions, where the clerk remained mute.