October 7, 1988 |
Dramatists love close quarters: a barroom, a jury room, a bedroom, even a ladies' room. And now we have "The Dressing Room" at the Matrix. Now a backstage comedy/drama may sound like a hoary cliche, but Naomi Caryl's play enjoys ripe characterization, two rather astonishing performances from David Blackwood and Danae Torn, and rich production design (by Charles Berliner) that unfolds like a set of Chinese boxes.
October 22, 1993 |
As recent arrivals in the American melting pot struggle to preserve their heritage, the descendants of previous immigrants sometimes ignore their own heritage--their country of origin and the decades of their family's Americanization. When Edgar Lee Masters wrote "Spoon River Anthology" in 1915, America was just emerging from its teen-age years, about to be pushed into maturity by the social and political forces of the 20th Century.
May 30, 2002 |
Up in the hilltop cemetery, the dead are pondering how they spent their lives, and their thoughts, catching on the breeze, float down to the living. Funny, shocking, disquieting and reassuring, their stories, as told in "Spoon River Anthology," have captivated a couple of generations of Los Angeles theatergoers. A 40th-anniversary revival at Theatre West assures that another generation is about to join them.
October 2, 1988 |
World premiere. The very words, spoken in the context of the theater, evoke the promise of fame, untold riches and the ability to get an "A" table at the restaurant of your choice. A premiere can also result in dashed hopes, emotional trauma and returning to work as a waiter. Indeed, the vast majority of plays slip into obscurity after an initial outing.
September 18, 1988 |
The words and work of English poet Philip Larkin (1922-85) come to town in "Larkin," an original piece adapted and directed by Ron Hutchinson. It opens today, kicking off the ninth season of the Mark Taper Forum's "Sundays at the Itchey Foot" literary series. "I think he's a great find--and it's always nice to give people that," said Hutchinson, who assembled his material from Larkin's poems and from a 1982 interview published in Paris Review. "Sometimes it feels like I'm carrying the torch.
January 2, 1994 |
AIDS was "a disease attacking gay men" when David Galligan directed the first Southland Artists Goodwill Event a decade ago. "Nobody knew much about it. It didn't sound terrifying, it wasn't anything that clutched your heart. We had no idea what this devastating disease would become." This month, Galligan will be directing his 10th STAGE benefit, with proceeds going to AIDS Project Los Angeles' Necessities of Life Program.