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.
April 8, 1997 |
When Sandra Tsing Loh was a temp at a Van Nuys insurance office, the women were required to wear pantyhose--even if they were wearing pants. Alec Mapa's temp travails included a stint at a Century City office where he shredded documents--and cried--all day. And this was after he starred in "M. Butterfly" at the Wilshire Theatre and on Broadway. Loh and Mapa can swap temp-job horror stories with the best of them. Both are in their 30s, so they share a generational perspective.