September 16, 1992 |
She is the clutchy, kvetching Mom From Hell. The hippie mama who loves too groovily. Photo albums are not good enough for this maternal obsessive. A Jewish, single mother, she prefers a library of her daughter's answering machine messages from college. "I wanted a record of her growth," says L.A. comic Lotus Weinstock, thinking nothing of this display of motherly devotion. But how does the alternative parent cut the umbilical cord?
September 19, 1992 |
One feels a bit like a voyeur at "Molly & Maze," now playing at the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company's Hahn Cosmopolitan. The show, written by stand-up comedienne Lotus Weinstock, stars Weinstock and her daughter, actress and concert violinist Lili Haydn, in a story about a stand-up comedienne and her daughter who have much in common with the performers portraying them. It is essentially a story about letting go, or rather, not letting go.
December 5, 2013 |
In “God's Gypsy,” now at the Lillian Theatre, playwright and performer Coco Blignaut dramatizes the life of St. Teresa of Ávila, the 16th-century Spanish nun known for her ecstatic visions (the most famous starred a handsome angel who pierced her heart with a flaming sword). Targeted by the Spanish Inquisition and accused of blasphemy, hysteria and demonic possession, she nonetheless persevered in reforming the Carmelite order and establishing monasteries around the world. This world premiere begins with appropriately bliss-inducing original music by violinist/vocalist/composer Lili Haydn (who performed live on opening night)
May 11, 1988 |
Lotus and Lili are determined to have a happy breakup. "I really do not want to hold onto her," said comedian/poet/musician Lotus Weinstock, whose daughter Lili Haydn will attend Brown University this fall. "The guilt of doing that would make me nauseous. I love my daughter winning in this life. That doesn't mean I haven't shed a tear. But by the time she goes, I hope we're both OK. Our assignment is going to be to turn it into a positive thing."
September 14, 2002 |
As a '70s icon, Robert Plant can't help it if he evokes fuzzy nostalgic feelings, but he is trying his best not to simply phone it in as an oldies act. The ex-Led Zeppelin singer's invigorating performance at the Greek Theatre on Thursday rejiggered classic rock warhorses in compelling ways and found the common ground where hard rock eddies back into vernacular music. Even when he was a heavy metal Bacchus, Plant flashed his love for folk and blues all over Led Zeppelin's albums.
October 18, 1997 |
Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas clearly aspires to blue-eyed soul a la Van Morrison. But he doesn't seem to realize that soul means more than a driven delivery and personal lyrics; it relies on astute songwriting, solid chops and deep passion.