March 3, 1991
I am writing in regards to (Judith Freeman's) review of my mother's new novel, "Home Free" (Feb. 3). I am not writing in defense of my mother (Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey). A daughter's viewpoint is not considered objective--though it has always seemed to me much more difficult to earn your daughter's respect than a stranger's. I am writing instead in defense of the homeless. "Home Free" is about a woman who takes in a homeless family. To call it "preposterous" lets everyone off the hook.
February 25, 1989 |
One woman in the audience jokingly told Kendall Hailey: "I'm almost terrified to take your book home. I know my 14-year-old will think it's wonderful to just get a lot of books and sit on the beach." Hailey, the author of "The Day I Became an Autodidact"--a chronicle of her decision to forgo college and instead follow the example of such legendary "self-taught" persons as Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw--peered through owlish glasses and grinned broadly.
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September 5, 1997 |
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of "A Woman of Independent Means" and "Joanna's Husband and David's Wife," has called Studio City home for 30 years. Hailey and her late husband, the playwright Oliver Hailey, bought a ranch house in 1967, after moving here to see Oliver's play "Who's Happy Now?" performed during the inaugural season of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. These days, the author divides her time between Southern California and the south coast of England.
July 20, 1992 |
Ancient Greek tragedies are rarely staged in small theater--and basically never in our large houses--because they're intimidating to audiences and they demand a rhetorical and visceral passion daunting to most actors and directors. One experience with a Greek classic you would not regret is the stinging, moody evocation of the suffering of a captured city in director John Neville's production of Euripides' "The Trojan Women," exceptionally produced by the L.A.
September 16, 1994 |
Rosie Taravella's "The Wives," at Ventura Court Theatre, looks an awful lot like a pilot for a TV sitcom. But there's a little bit more to it than that and, in its final scene, a little bit less. The setup is simple. The husbands, all employees of Blake Advertising, are off for their annual fishing trip. Nancy Clancy decides the wives should get together for a first annual luncheon just to get to know one another, and for various covert other reasons.