Walter Mencken 10:05 a.m., April 30
He is currently converting several columns into ebook format:
North Coast Rep's Way Downriver, set in Louisiana, 1927
Though most had "lived within the shadow of the levee," some "had never even seen the river."
Constellations at Old Globe Theatre
Beekeeper meets physicist at a party. Neither is adept at romance. Roland (the beekeeper) says the wrong thing. Marianne (the physicist who studies “theoretical early universe cosmology”) backs out. Blackout. Lights up — same scenario: ...
Notes for The Elephant Man
I won’t be able to review, and therefore shouldn’t comment, on Backyard Renaissance/Oceanside Theatre Company’s production of The Elephant Man. I dramaturged the play twice before and, when asked, did a talk for the cast ...
We all want new lives
“She’ll be starved and tortured...I want her to accept the punishment of man as a sacrifice to God.”
This land is mine: The Cupeño removal of 1903, part two of four
U.S. government didn’t fool Cecilio Blacktooth.
"I want to walk in the shoes of everyone Sondheim creates."
I’m asking veteran actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices that ...
Three quality shows conclude their runs this Sunday, April 10
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? From the big picture to the small details, this is an outstanding production of Edward Albee’s masterpiece. George and Martha’s off-hours, young-faculty-initiation party devolves into a Walpurgisnacht of exorcisms and ...
This land is mine: The Cupeño removal of 1903, part one of four
Visitors to the Indian village at Kupa were often struck by the silence. No loud voices, no sudden shouts. Even children played quietly. A stillness spread from the bowl-shaped Valle de San Jose below, past ...