May 18, 1991 |
It's difficult to tell just where the La Jolla Playhouse's inaugural production of the season, Chekhov's "Three Sisters," went awry, but one suspects it was early on.
October 19, 1999 |
For his finale as La Jolla Playhouse artistic director, Michael Greif chose that mass of Gulf Coast humidity known as "Sweet Bird of Youth." The 1959 Tennessee Williams drama, filmed in 1962 with original Broadway stars Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, pits steely gigolo Chance Wayne against crumpled, chemically addled movie star Alexandra Del Lago, traveling incognito as the Princess Kosmonopolis. Williams based Princess on Tallulah Bankhead and Chance on who knows who all.
July 30, 1992 |
The La Jolla Playhouse, which is riding high right now with the success of the just-extended "Tommy" and the well-reviewed, recently opened "What the Butler Saw," has more good news around the corner. The Los Angeles Lakers will play one preseason game in San Diego against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 23, and Playhouse trustee Jerry Buss, who happens to be the owner of the Lakers, will donate 1,500 prime tickets to the Playhouse.
October 17, 1989 |
"Macbeth," the bad-luck play, is likely to bring good luck to the La Jolla Playhouse. Director Des McAnuff doesn't take the abstract, conceptual route with Shakespeare's tragedy. His staging is bloody, bold and resolute, and he brings the beast down. It's evident that McAnuff has staged the play before outside (at the Stratford, Ontario, Festival.) He knows its traps and its electrical circuits, and he is not afraid to overload them.
September 13, 1989 |
The La Jolla Playhouse has announced that its 1990 theater season is in jeopardy and that $500,000 must be raised by the end of the year to save it. The playhouse released the statement detailing a $1-million fund-raising program in the wake of rumors of wobbly finances and an unfavorable financial report from the California Arts Council. Playhouse managing director Allan Levey said late Monday that the 1990 season cannot happen unless that initial $500,000 is raised.
July 16, 1992 |
A few weeks before the opening night of the new stage adaptation of "Tommy" at La Jolla Playhouse, composer Pete Townshend made the theater an offer it couldn't refuse. Why not turn the rock opera's July 9 curtain-raiser into a combined benefit for the Playhouse and for the London-based Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, whose pupils include autistic children not unlike the deaf, dumb and blind kid who is the focus of "Tommy"?
October 20, 1989 |
Will the La Jolla Playhouse win its race against the clock? In a campaign of just over five weeks, the theater has raised 24% of its $1-million goal and nearly half of the $500,000 it needs to raise before Dec. 31 to ensure a 1990 season, a Playhouse official said this week. Gifts and pledges totaling $240,986 have come in from a variety of donors who decline to be identified, the spokeswoman said.
August 31, 1989 |
Some of Southern California's largest and most important theaters are reeling from the poor ranking they received last week from the California Arts Council. The La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles Theatre Center are incensed at large cuts each sustained in CAC grant awards, cuts that are the result of a modified evaluation procedure that the theaters say they don't completely understand.
August 8, 2000 |
Director Des McAnuff will put Hollywood on hold for at least a year and return to La Jolla Playhouse to supervise the 2001 season as interim artistic director. McAnuff, who recently directed "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," was the La Jolla artistic director when the theater was revived in 1983 after a period of dormancy. He served in that job until 1994.
January 16, 2008 |
The first season of plays picked by Christopher Ashley, the La Jolla Playhouse's new artistic director, begins with Beethoven: Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations" (April 8-May 4) jumps between the present and 1819 as a musicologist investigates the composer's obsession with another musician's piddling waltz melody, which turned into the famous Diabelli Variations. And the season ends, more or less, with "Have You Never Been Mellow?"