July 13, 1997 |
Gregory Howells, are you out there? Sherry Glaser wants to know. Howells, a 42-year-old playwright and director who co-wrote the acclaimed "Family Secrets" with and for his actress wife, disappeared from a Carmel golf course on June 17. His iron and putter were found near the tee of the 13th hole. He was within walking distance of a national forest, a busy highway and the Pacific Ocean. Inside his car, authorities found his wallet and a manuscript of his latest play, "Lazarus."
January 29, 1995 |
Poor Mort Fisher. This weary Jewish accountant is sur rounded by exasperating women. His octogenarian mother, Rose, tried to kill herself by sticking her head in the oven. His manic-depressive wife, Bev, who had a nervous breakdown over a failed lasagna, now holds on to reality with the help of lithium. His teen-age daughter, Sandra, is bulimic and a whiner. Her older sister, Fern, has renounced Judaism as oppressively patriarchal and changed her name to Kahari.
March 15, 1990 |
Five members of a middle-class Jewish family each get a chance to tell "Family Secrets" in Sheri Glaser's remarkable show of that name at the Heliotrope Theatre. The secrets are funny, sad and thoroughly detailed, if not always astonishing. But what lifts the show above the sometimes familiar material is that Glaser plays all five characters, in successive monologues.
November 4, 1991 |
If you missed Sheri Glaser's "Family Secrets" when it blew into town late last year, you're in for a treat. If you saw it, see it again--while you can. There are some differences from last time: It's been trimmed and gussied up by director Art Wolff. But more important, Glaser's San Diego-nurtured career is more clearly than ever in the launch mode; this rocket may blast off at any moment.
October 13, 1990 |
In a five-person family, there are always six points of view. One for each of the family members. The sixth for the sly writer who nails all those views down. Sheri Glaser, in her remarkable one-woman show, "Family Secrets," is the writer and performer who gets it all just right. The show, an independent production at the Hahn Cosmopolitan, has everything. It's funny, it's fast, it's smart and it has heart.
August 26, 1986 |
Ever had your aura fluffed or your tofu scrambled? Do you whip out your wallet at the mention of a seminar on self-esteem, self-development, self-perception, self-deception or the search for Self? If so, you could be in real trouble. You may be inadvertently following "The Nickel-Weiner Roadmap to Enlightenment," the kind of spiritual trek that never gets past sweet smiles and pretense or locks you into a pattern of guilty meditations, afraid to admit you never achieved "it."