CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2000 |
After the 60 or so USC medical and premed students saw "Wit," the acclaimed play about a woman's struggle with cancer, they said it taught many lessons that would make them better doctors. For instance: Don't ask very sick people how they're feeling and ignore the answer. That familiar clinical greeting serves as a running joke in the often funny drama about disease and death.
January 23, 2000 |
Every night, Kathleen Chalfant goes into her dressing room, puts on her makeup and prepares to die. She does this in homage to her brother, who died of cancer, and to all those others who have suffered through that disease. And in the process of portraying the last days of Vivian Bearing, the 50-year-old ovarian cancer-ridden professor of English literature who is the pivotal character in "Wit," Chalfant has won more acclaim than ever before in her career.
July 26, 1997 |
There may come a day when the works of playwright Christopher Durang will be forgotten, like the early comic-book cowboy plays of Sam Shepard, which haven't been done in a quarter century. In the meantime, Durang's work is done frequently, including three of these short parodies in "OCC Rips the Classics," at Orange Coast College's Drama Lab. There is one gem in the program, but it isn't by Durang or Wendy Wasserstein.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1996 |
Trying to show that former Compton Councilwoman Patricia Moore was entrapped in a racist plot, her defense lawyer on Friday played for a federal court jury a tape-recording, accidentally made, in which the government's star witness talked about African Americans. In the rambling recording, which was turned over to the defense by the government, businessman-turned-FBI operative John Macardican can be heard telling an FBI agent, "Every black (sic) one's coming from everywhere."
November 14, 1991 |
To Tom Greenhalgh, co-founder of the politicized British underground rock band the Mekons, there are worse things in this world than utter pessimism. Phony optimism, for one. "I don't see any cause for optimism in the world at the moment," Greenhalgh said recently over the phone from a Mekons tour stop in Chicago (the band plays tonight at Bogart's). "To be sort of optimistic would be more discouraging (than being hopeless), in the sense that you would have just lost it.
July 15, 1991 |
There are a few advantages to being a cult favorite rather than a performer with a mass audience. For one thing, cult artists can count on their fans to be receptive when they try something new. Arena denizens rarely risk it: Mick Fleetwood has said that Fleetwood Mac bombed when it tried playing the songs from "Rumours" live before the album was released and turned into a zillion-seller. The Roches, however, have not yet managed to infest any arenas.