November 5, 1988
Certainly it's nice to see so much recognition being poured upon the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood ("Retrospective Recaps History of 'the Dome,' " by Jack Mathews, Nov. 1). But let's not forget that the Dome was not the first Cinerama theater in California. Rather, that distinction belonged to the Cinerama Theater in San Diego, which was closed and torn down earlier this year. As a longtime employee of that theater, I can only look upon the current events with a bit of regret for what was once the premiere showcase theater in San Diego.
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July 28, 2000
G. Wood, 80, a versatile composer and actor whose roles ranged from a martini-swilling general in "MASH" to Shakespearean characters in San Diego's Old Globe Theater. Wood's studies at Yale Drama School were interrupted by World War II, during which he wrote, produced and performed in Army shows in London. After completing graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, he became a cabaret performer in New York with Alice Ghostley.
September 13, 1992 |
If you think you're going nuts around the holidays, blame it on "The Nutcracker." With so many area performances of the Christmas season stalwart, you may find yourself whistling the music from the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" instead of the latest Top 40 hit. The L.A. Music Center has not yet announced its "Nutcracker" plans--and a return of the Joffrey version is by no means assured. If you haven't got your fill, wait'll next year for the New York City Ballet movie . . .
October 26, 1995
Haul yourself "Off the Beach" this Saturday and you may find some cool stuff to buy, make and groove to. The Huntington Beach Art Center is hosting an arts celebration with an outdoor art market and continuous acoustic performances by local musicians.
May 21, 1992 |
"Into The Woods" we go this Saturday at Occidental College's Keck Theater. We know the path, and the woods are only trees and the trees are only wood, so there's nothing to be afraid of, and we know where we're going to end up, right? Not according to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, who wrote the Broadway hit based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. It first opened at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego on Dec. 4, 1986, then went on to New York's Martin Beck Theater on Oct.
August 19, 1999 |
Charles Macaulay, an actor and director who was prominent in legitimate theater but is best remembered for his role as a hapless prosecutor facing the perpetually successful Raymond Burr in a number of "Perry Mason" movies, has died. He was 72. Macaulay, a close friend of the late Burr and an administrator of his multimillion-dollar estate, died Friday of metastatic cancer in Healdsburg, Calif. He had been a partner and resident of the Raymond Burr Vineyards in Sonoma County.
May 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Musicals are supposed to raise your spirits and warm your heart, right? Not necessarily. And certainly not in the case of "The Scottsboro Boys," the fearlessly inventive show about one of the most notorious episodes of racial injustice in America. It disturbs audiences as much as it entertains them. Who else but Kander & Ebb could pull off such a daring combination? Best known for "Cabaret" and "Chicago," John Kander and Fred Ebb were masters of "the concept musical," and "The Scottsboro Boys," created with book writer David Thompson and completed after the death of Ebb in 2004, is arguably the duo's most audacious crack at the form.
April 23, 2006 |
THERE'S the "Salome" everybody is talking about -- you know, the production of the Oscar Wilde play that will open Thursday at the Wadsworth Theatre, starring Al Pacino and directed by Estelle Parsons. It's a staged reading, duplicating a 2003 Broadway production that was developed at the august Actors Studio in New York. Then there's the other "Salome" -- not by Wilde, but definitely something of a theatrical wild card.
June 15, 1989 |
Where can you go these days to see gifted black San Diego actors perform? Los Angeles. New York. Minneapolis. Increasingly, the answer is anywhere but San Diego. That is distressing for both aspiring black actors who need a stage to practice on and for the black director in town, Floyd Gaffney, who has been trying to put together a professional black theater company in San Diego for 18 years. "Maybe we can catch people on the way up," Gaffney said. "You go out and, if you're lucky, you'll get someone talented who's moving through, like Hassan El-Amin, but soon he'll be gone again."