November 13, 1988 |
"Don't confuse this with Chekhov," says director Joel Asher of Turgenev's "A Month in the Country," which opens tonight at Theatre 40. "Turgenev was 50 years before Chekhov--and his style of writing was what Chekhov was trying to get away from: that very theatrical, presentational, traditional way of performing. So Turgenev wasn't the revolutionary Chekhov was," he said. "But this does have that wonderful sense of pathos and comic self-involvement that runs through Russian literature."
September 26, 1996 |
When he was premiering one of his plays at the Mark Taper Forum, Lanford Wilson told this reviewer that the inspiration for the work had come from something he had seen at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, which impressed him as being "kick-ass." Wilson wanted to write something equally kick-ass, and came up with "Burn This," which starred Steppenwolf founders Joan Allen and John Malkovich.
August 9, 1988 |
Much of the publicity surrounding "Getting Out," which opened over the weekend at the Burbage Theatre, has concentrated on the fact that singer-songwriter Carole King is in it. She is, and she plays Ruby, an ex-convict who befriends Arline, our protagonist, only just released from prison.
November 25, 1988 |
"For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much" is Keith Antar Mason's response to Ntozake Shange's choreopoem, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Six young black men (compared with Shange's seven young black women) prowl the stage of the Rose Theater, speaking Mason's poetry, most of it about what it's like to be young, scorned and black.
September 12, 1996 |
Lanford Wilson is not a playwright Hollywood is chomping at the bit over. His plays are theater pieces first and foremost, relying on the live experience for his strengths to breathe deeply and grab the imagination. From "Balm in Gilead" to the "Tally Trilogy," he treats life honestly with the sympathetic heart that marks strong drama. One of his most interesting later plays is "Burn This," which in its original production was somewhat overpowered by the performance of John Malkovich as Pale.
June 1, 1990 |
Don't be put off by the title of the igLoo group's first production in its Hollywood space. The pretentious sounding "A Fire Was Burning Over the Dumpling House One Chinese New Year" doesn't even hint at the chords struck by the writing of Paul Peditto and the lead performances in this production of his Steppling-esque exploration of a small-time hustler and his alcoholic, drug-ridden girlfriend.