August 12, 1990 |
Progress takes a back seat to pathos in the California Music Theatre production of "Clothespins and Dreams," a jazz/gospel/pop musical that made its world premiere Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. "It takes place in 1911," explained Ron Miller, who wrote the book and lyrics to Ken Hirsch's music. (They also collaborated on the musical "Satchmo.") "It was the middle of the Industrial Revolution," he said. "All of these great inventions--and with each, 100 men were out of a job."
November 2, 1990 |
It's hard to tell how many Joni Mitchell fans there are in the world, and not enough of them were at the press preview of "The Joni Mitchell Project" Wednesday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. But those who were there were happy. No, they were ecstatic. With plenty of reason. There will be the purists out there who want their Joni coming only from the woman herself. Her warblings and cadences are intensely personal and virtually inimitable.
October 16, 1992 |
In a dream-like world suffused with the blues, "Spunk" plunges into the particularities of the black experience to tell three stories that are absolutely universal. A hard-working washerwoman gets unexpected revenge on her abusive, philandering husband in "Sweat." A young woman gives two swaggering Harlem pimps a comeuppance in "Story in Harlem Slang."
December 9, 1990 |
Writer-director Reza Abdoh puts his unique stamp on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in "The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice," premiering Thursday at Los Angeles Theatre Center. In the original, Orpheus journeys to Hades and persuades the Lord of the Underworld to let his wife, Eurydice, go. The condition is that Orpheus mustn't look back at her as they're leaving. But he does . . . and loses her.
September 23, 1990 |
"Lorca was the first Spanish playwright to write about human rights, especially the condition of women," said Margarita Galban, whose staging of Federico Garcia Lorca's "Dona Rosita the Spinster: The Language of Flowers" (1935) opens Wednesday at Bilingual Foundation for the Arts. "In that era, women had only one role: to marry and have children. When that choice is denied to Rosita, she has nothing."
August 13, 1990 |
More clothespins, please, and fewer dreams. The creators of "Clothespins and Dreams," California Music Theatre's first new musical, have a fascinating subject--the women who scrub other people's clothes in a Harlem laundry yard in 1911, at the moment when their meager income is threatened by the new motor-powered washing machine. The situation is rife with potential dramatic conflict, and the fact that most of these women are black adds further historical and musical dimensions.