December 26, 1999
Re F. Kathleen Foley's article on Paul Mullin's play "Louis Slotin Sonata" ("No Mere Slip of the Wrist," Dec. 12): I was one of the writers and associate producer on the documentary film "Tickling the Dragon's Tail: The Story of Louis Slotin," which ran on Global Television in Canada earlier this year. The film, which was nominated for a Gemini Award (the Canadian television awards), was produced by Great North Productions Inc. in Edmonton and was directed by Tom Radford, who was also principal writer.
December 26, 1999 |
In alphabetical order: "Bitter Women," Cast Theatre. Lisa James' staging of Justin Tanner's Silver Lake singles comedy was as funny and heartfelt as the author's. "Broken Hearts," Cornerstone Theater. This hyper-multiculti company loves L.A. and expresses it with a wry sense of humor. "Cabaret," Wilshire Theatre. Directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall transformed a familiar show and a seldom-used theater into theatrical shock waves. "Children," Pacific Resident Theatre.
April 18, 2002 |
Left to us by the ancient Egyptians, the Book of the Dead is a collection of prayers and charms meant to help souls navigate the afterworld. Playwright Paul Mullin, who wrote the 1999 hit "Louis Slotin Sonata," has taken that idea and combined it with beliefs about reincarnation and events from American history to come up with "An American Book of the Dead, the Game Show." His intent, presumably, is to guide the living through the responsibilities of being American. Or maybe not.
September 24, 2000 |
Some days the folks at the Circle X Theatre Company must feel like the sailors aboard "The Flying Dutchman." The valiant creative collective has circled the Los Angeles theater scene endlessly in search of salvation--a permanent venue to call its own. That port in a storm has been hard to come by. However, these wanderers are clearly not operating under a curse. Established in 1996, Circle X has generated waves of excitement on the L.A. theater scene.
March 22, 2000 |
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle succumbed to "Reefer Madness!" Monday, awarding the little musical seven of the circle's annual awards--more than twice the number won by any other show. "Reefer" won in seven of the eight categories for which it was nominated. It lost only in the writing competition, in which its libretto was nominated--although the music and lyrics by the same two writers, Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, did win in the category for outstanding score.
November 18, 1999 |
Paul Mullin's "Louis Slotin Sonata," presented by the Circle X Theatre Company at the Hollywood Court, is a rare bird--a new play that wraps intellectual complexity, emotional depth and theatrical derring-do into one tight and memorable package.