November 4, 1996 |
Ruth Steiner (Kandis Chappell) is a respected short story writer, a sharp older woman who has little time for social niceties and who teaches in a graduate writing program at New York University. Lisa Morrison (Suzanne Cryer) is her adoring student, eager assistant, and, soon enough, her good, good friend. When Lisa finally gets published, pointedly without Ruth's assistance, a struggle for primacy ensues, as complex and primal and laden with love as any Oedipal battle.
January 16, 2014 |
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing, heroic glory. The set is largely bare, save for some scattered props and backstage equipment that never let us forget we are in a theater. The cast consists of one actor, Denis O'Hare. Little did we know from his Tony-winning turn as the gay baseball fanatic in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out" that he harbors legions of legendary Greeks, Trojans and immortal deities within himself.
February 2, 1996 |
Playhouse Season Opener: Athol Fugard's latest play, "Valley Song," will open La Jolla Playhouse's 1996 season with a May 19-June 23 run at the Mandell Weiss Theater. Lisa Peterson will direct. The play, which premiered in Johannesburg in August, is set during South Africa's first free elections. Playhouse artistic director Michael Greif will stage Diana Son's "Boy" as the first show in the nearby Mandell Weiss Forum, June 16-July 14.
October 6, 2009
Re "Some healthful choices for an unhealthy place," Oct. 4 I applaud your article illuminating how the work of places such as St. John's Well Child and Family Center is transforming the health in our communities by placing prevention front and center. This is crucial, with the significant increase in obesity and chronic conditions whose treatment contributes so much to healthcare costs. But helping families cope with the shameful social conditions that put them at risk is not enough.
February 13, 1988
Toni Barrett had three hits and three RBIs to lead Golden West College to a 13-1 victory over Phoenix Friday in the pool-play round of the Glendale Arizona softball tournament. Golden West lost the opening game earlier Friday to Southwestern, 7-4. Jennifer Pattinson had five hits and three RBIs and Lori Peterson had five hits and four runs in the two games for Golden West (2-1).
January 16, 2014 |
Homer, whose epic poems rank with King David's psalms among the longest-running items in heavy rotation on Western civilization's hit parade, keeps making news 2,600-plus years after his initial fame. First up is word that actor Dan Stevens recently has immersed himself in the ancient Greek bard since leaving "Downton Abbey" after his character, heir-to-the-manor Matthew Crawley, had a fatal car wreck in a 2013 episode of the PBS series. It was no tragedy for Stevens, who pretty much forced that plot turn by declaring he was leaving the show.