Evita remains a major work by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice but a touring revival 34 years later shows vividly how important Hal Prince’s staging was to the work’s theatricality. And it is NOT a roman!
In the pithy words of Professor Severus Snape, “Potted Potter” was short on magic and needed a more dynamic potion, one that fun-loving muggles could stomach beyond a few minutes.
Kristoffer Diaz’ play “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety” at San Diego’s ion theater appears to be about professional wrestling, but it is really an agitprop assault on America’s flawed stabs at becoming a sane multiracial society. The production succeeds admirably in the postage stamp confines of ion’s storefront theater in Hillcrest.
Arthur Miller is acknowledged as one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. Many of his stories including Death of a Salesman, All my Sons, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge continue to be popular classics.
Mr. Beaty’s subject is Paul Robeson, the singer and actor who rose to the heights of his profession prior to and during World War II and then plummeted to the depths by his open admiration for equal treatment of people of color within the Soviet Union, an admiration that soured once Stalin came to power. Nevertheless, Mr. Robeson was called before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and like so many artists so called, he lost his prestige and his ability to work as an entertainer for years to come.