October 12, 2003 |
When former supermodel Jerry Hall divorced Mick Jagger in 1999, she vowed to get out of his shadow. Since then, she's been studying for a university degree, interviewing psychics and astrologers for a new BBC series called "Spirit" ("Love to you and your gurus" reads the card on a hotel floral arrangement sent by her "ex"), and, after a 10-year absence from the stage, she replaced Kathleen Turner as the sultry Mrs. Robinson in the London production of "The Graduate" -- nude scene and all. In the show -- based on Mike Nichols' 1967 feature film classic -- Hall plays an alcoholic trapped in a dead-end marriage who seduces the son of friends.
April 26, 2001
* "Catskills on Broadway," the hit salute to Borscht Belt comedy, with original cast members Freddie Roman, Mal Z. Lawrence and Dick Capri, plays Tuesday through May 13 at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. $27 to $47. (213) 365-3500. * "Room Service," Woodland Hills Theatre's production of George Abbott's 1937 comic romp, plays May 4 through June 2 at West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. $18. (818) 884-1907.
October 26, 2000 |
"We're doing some things we don't ever get to do, so I hope that's OK," Beck told an adoring crowd Tuesday at the Wilshire Theatre, on the first of two sold-out nights. Many weren't expecting the pop chameleon to offer such old-time fare as a Hank Williams tune, but in this intimate setting they willingly went wherever his eclectic oeuvre took them. The show was billed as "acoustic," but Beck didn't stand alone with guitar and harmonica for 90 minutes.
December 26, 1999 |
In alphabetical order: "Bitter Women," Cast Theatre. Lisa James' staging of Justin Tanner's Silver Lake singles comedy was as funny and heartfelt as the author's. "Broken Hearts," Cornerstone Theater. This hyper-multiculti company loves L.A. and expresses it with a wry sense of humor. "Cabaret," Wilshire Theatre. Directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall transformed a familiar show and a seldom-used theater into theatrical shock waves. "Children," Pacific Resident Theatre.
April 24, 1997
Movies, movies, movies: I have a 10-year-old, Shane, and Friday is a no-homework night, so we rent a movie and make dinner or go out to a movie. If we rent a movie, it's usually something my son would like. He likes karate a lot, and recently we saw Jackie Chan's "Supercop," which he loves. If we go to a movie, we like the Encino Town Center. It's close, has a bunch of different theaters, and there's a Koo Koo Roo right there. Saturday outings: Usually we do some big activity.
April 12, 1997 |
The longer "Grease!" runs, the more baffling is the secret of its longevity. The road company now at the Wilshire Theatre is an extension of the 1994 Tommy Tune production (which Jeff Calhoun directed and choreographed). Outfitted with a garish set and sensibility but nary a human moment, this 1972 " '50s" rock musical is now being aimed cynically at the dollars of nostalgia-prone baby boomers and their TV-addicted offspring.