June 18, 1988 |
One reason that Joseph Papp hasn't been able to get financing for his plan to put all of Shakespeare's plays on TV (see Thursday's Times) may be that Papp's productions aren't necessarily the cream of North American Shakespeare--though they are certainly the best publicized. The latest, "Romeo and Juliet," struck the New York Times' Frank Rich as having such a low pulse-rate that it could "pass for the exhausted end-of-summer offering of a provincial British stock company."
January 7, 1989 |
In a generous but solid round of recognition for the accomplishments of black theater artists in Los Angeles, members of the NAACP's legitimate theater committee have announced a total of 93 nominees in 20 categories for the groups's second annual Theatre Awards. Topping the list in a close race were George C.
November 19, 1992 |
With the opening of Spike Lee's film, "Malcolm X," the arrival on the video market of no fewer than three documentaries on the black leader, plus the mythic momentum that has been steadily mounting around the man, it would have been good to report that "Brother Malcolm X: Reminiscences of a Black Revolutionary" at the Ivar Theatre was/is as compelling as the object of its focus. The timing of this production is no coincidence, according to presenters Woodie King Jr.
November 17, 1985 |
Magnolia High School's football team celebrated its silver anniversary by completing its best season in 18 years with a 27-8 victory over Savanna Saturday night in Anaheim's Glover Stadium. The Sentinels finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, their first winning season since 1971. But Magnolia finished tied for third place with Brea-Olinda in the Orange League at 3-2, and Brea advanced to the Central Conference playoffs by virtue of its 24-13 victory over the Sentinels.
July 12, 1990
Paul Thomas, women's basketball coach at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., for the past two seasons, has been named an assistant coach for the Cal Poly Pomona women's basketball team. Thomas will become the team's top assistant. Longtime assistant coach Barb Thaller will remain on the staff as Pomona's second assistant while she concentrates on earning a teaching credential. Paula Tezak, the team's second assistant last year, resigned to become women's volleyball coach at Fullerton College.
August 6, 1988 |
Los Angeles audiences had a good time at Ron Milner's "Checkmates" last season, first at the Inner City Cultural Center, then at the Westwood Playhouse. Ah, but was Milner's comedy good enough for Broadway? It arrived there Thursday night, at the 46th St. Theater. The New York Times' Frank Rich thought that it wasn't good enough.
September 12, 1991 |
True, "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," but a malfunctioning computer in the ticketing network did cause a 30-minute delay in the opening of this provocatively titled comedy by Don Evans at the Pantages Tuesday. A good thing too, because some 15 minutes into the show, late-comers were allowed through the doors and were treated to a hilarious, unpremeditated monologue by actor Lewis Dix, who stopped playing the role of Caleb Johnson long enough to berate the predominantly black audience.
September 3, 1986 |
Don't believe the title of "Don't Get God Started" at the Beverly Theatre. It wants to get God started--and does.
June 10, 1987 |
"The Cosby Show" gives the impression that the black middle class is sitting pretty. The young husband and wife in "Checkmates," Ron Milner's provocative comedy at Inner City Cultural Center, would disagree. Their bankbook is upwardly mobile, but their marriage is downwardly mobile. Syl (Denzel Washington) is in middle-management sales, and Laura (Rhetta Greene) is a buyer for a department store.
May 5, 2013 |
Among the pleasures of seeing an August Wilson play, it's often said, is just listening to the people talk. As Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty has noted, Wilson stocks his scripts with "natural raconteurs" and lets them soar in "verbal arias" full of earthy poetry. In that sense, a recent dinner break interview with Keith David, John Douglas Thompson and Glynn Turman was more or less an extension of what they'd been doing in rehearsals for the Mark Taper Forum's revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone.