May 6, 1986 |
Between 1946 and 1961, 76 million baby boomers were born. Most of them would get a double kick out of "The Wonder Years," subtitled "A Baby Boom Musical Revue," at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Academy Room. That is, not only would they enjoy themselves, they'd also be on the receiving end of a kick in the pants. "The Wonder Years" has moments of sheer, exuberant nostalgia. But it goes beyond them into a realm of clever social criticism that lets no one escape unscathed.
September 15, 1989 |
The best moment in "The Melody Sisters" at the Hahn Cosmopolitan is the last moment. That's partly because the Melody Sisters finally stop whining and carping at that point and sing--melodiously. It's also because the number signifies the blessed end of a show that grows painfully longer as the evening goes on. There is a nagging sense that this Gaslamp Quarter Theatre show could be better than it is. Maybe if director James A. Strait stepped up the pace.
March 10, 1991 |
It's baaaaack. The Gnu production of Lee Blessing's "Independence" opens Thursday at the North Hollywood theater, nine months after its scheduled opening last year--with the original cast intact.
May 1, 1987 |
"Somebody had made me their calling card, and death was written all over it." Welcome to "The Chesterfield Woman," a Chandler-esque '40s murder mystery so stylish that you forgive its lack of narrative fire. Playwright Jeffrey Bloom and director Frederick King Keller salute gumshoe Philip Marlowe and film noir with a flare that is delectable.
October 30, 1992 |
Theatre Salute: Prolific sound designer Jon Gottlieb has won Theatre LA's second $5,000 Ted Schmitt Award, for "innovation in small theatre art or craft." It will be presented at the organization's Ovation Awards Nov. 16 at the Doolittle Theatre.
November 15, 1991 |
Twice promised and twice postponed, Alan Ayckbourn's comedy "Henceforward . . . ," set in an unsavory future that feels like it's just around the corner, finally made it to town--not at the Doolittle Theatre, which was its original destination, but at the Mark Taper Forum. This is more significant than one might think. A good deal of the "sometime quite soon" in which "Henceforward . . ." happens is also defined by the some where .