July 18, 1995 |
In "The Sisters," the new play at the Pasadena Playhouse, Richard Alfieri has updated Chekhov's "Three Sisters" to present-day Manhattan. He's updated it to the point where Masha, now Marcia, sneeringly refers to her sister-in-law, Nancy, as "that low-life bitch." And that's one of her milder phrases. So much for Chekhov's delicacy, his aversion to cheap dramatics.
July 3, 2001
A special gala benefit performance of Richard Alfieri's "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," starring Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce, will be presented as a tribute to Jack Lemmon at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Featuring a post-performance reception, the event will benefit the Actors' Fund of America, the HB Playwright's Foundation and the Geffen Playhouse. Tickets are $100, $150 and $250. (323) 933-9266, Ext. 54.
September 18, 1994 |
This 1988 TV film is that rare pleasure--a family film of maturity and substance. Based on Doris Orgel's book "Devil in Vienna," Richard Alfieri's sensitive teleplay chronicles a friendship between two 13-year-old girls--one Jewish (Jenny Lewis), one Catholic (Kamie Harper)--that endures through Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938.
February 16, 2008
RE "The Strike's Winners, Losers" [by Patrick Goldstein, Feb. 12]: Two of Goldstein's chosen "winners" are actually big losers: (1) Jay Leno. He betrayed his longtime writing staff by doing scab writing of his monologues and prolonged the strike by alleviating the network's pain. (2) Directors Guild of America leadership. They helped create rather than alleviate the impasse between the conglomerates and the Writers Guild. Nick Counter of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers would not have walked away from the WGA bargaining table had he not known that the always-management-friendly DGA would rush to the table to take the WGA's place.
May 31, 2001
* The traveling survey "Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s," runs June 10-Sept. 9 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. $5-$15. (323) 857-6000. * "The Body of Bourne," the world premiere of John Belluso's play about influential intellectual Randolph Bourne, plays June 7-July 15 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. $30-$44. (213) 628-2772.
October 27, 1985
Your story on Westwood Development (Times, Oct. 17) almost made it sound as if Zev Yaroslavsky were doing Westwood residents a favor by supporting hardship exemptions to developers wishing to bypass the recent building moratorium in Westwood's North Village. The truth of the matter is, Mr. Yaroslavsky has consistently sided with the developers against the interests of his constituents. As buildings in the North Village began tumbling en masse a few months ago, Mr. Yaroslavsky made it very clear that he would not support a moratorium.