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May 13, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Jeff McCARTHY is biting the hand that once fed him. Or maybe billy-clubbing it. As Inspector Javert in "Les Miserables" during its original 1988-89 run at the Shubert Theatre, McCarthy embodied dour determination. Now he's playing a very different cop -- the cynical but amusing Officer Lockstock in the tongue-in-cheek musical "Urinetown," which just began its 12-day run at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. "Les Miz" is one of the more specific targets of the satire in "Urinetown."
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May 13, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Jeff McCARTHY is biting the hand that once fed him. Or maybe billy-clubbing it. As Inspector Javert in "Les Miserables" during its original 1988-89 run at the Shubert Theatre, McCarthy embodied dour determination. Now he's playing a very different cop -- the cynical but amusing Officer Lockstock in the tongue-in-cheek musical "Urinetown," which just began its 12-day run at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. "Les Miz" is one of the more specific targets of the satire in "Urinetown."
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August 26, 2001 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg, author of "Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical," is a regular contributor to Calendar
Playwright Greg Kotis was trapped in Paris, his money nearly gone. He was sleeping in train stations and parks. Down to $4 a day, he found himself choosing between buying food or paying to use public bathrooms. Then one rainy day, eyeing a fine French public amenity in the distance, he had a thought. What if one company controlled all of a city's toilets? And what if that company could thus keep an entire population under its thumb?
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