May 26, 2004 |
"Frankie & Johnny Are Married" is a bittersweet, wryly amusing "dramatic fiction" about producer-director Michael Pressman's true-life tribulations while trying to stage the play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." Pressman had decided that, after a decade of marriage, he and his wife, actress Lisa Chess, should at last work together in the theater, where they both started.
February 26, 1999 |
Michele Palermo's "The Sisters 3" at the Coast Playhouse is a send-up of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" that shoots for wacky but woefully misfires. The play is set in a Burbank diner owned by boozy Marcelle (Palermo), spacey Isabelle (Heather McClurg) and sweet-but-lonely Gabrielle (Lisa Chess), who gained fame as child actors on the long-running '70s sitcom "The Sisters 3." Adult life hasn't been kind to the siblings, reduced to waiting tables in their '70s-themed restaurant.
July 5, 2001
Since her last appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1998, Natalie Cole has published an autobiography, executive-produced a TV story of her life and released an album of greatest hits, many of which will be heard when she returns to the Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Natalie Cole with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 8:30 p.m. $3 to $85. (323) 850-2000.
March 18, 2004 |
The first Other Venice Film Festival, a weekend event at the Electric Lodge, is designed to call attention to the presence of filmmaking activity in the community. Charlie Chaplin introduced his beloved Tramp character in his second two-reeler for Mack Sennett in "Kid Auto Races at Venice" (1914), and Venice has been a favorite location for movies ever since, most notably Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" (1958).
September 17, 1986 |
Erica Jong's first and best-selling novel, "Fear of Flying," opened with a sexual fantasy set in a train. It was ribald, imaginative, refined and on target. Give or take a few particulars, it illuminated a universal flight of female fantasy. "Women's Sexual Fantasies," the Women-in-Theatre collection of seven new playlets on the subject, goes after the same thing at the Cast Theatre, but with a much less vigorous imagination.
December 4, 1992 |
At first glance, "Legacy: The Story of a Family," at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, seems to be a playwright's play. Michele Palermo takes obvious pleasure in the crafting of traditional family drama, in the stoking of a dramatic flame burning in the hearts of the three Catalano siblings reluctantly brought together to hear their powerful father's will.