There’s a niche in railroad folklore chronicling dare-devils trying to beat the trains: speeding toward the crossing, leaping on or off the moving cars, racing across the trestle just at the last minute. Usually, for the tale to last, somebody has to die. Well, somebody does die in Naomi Wallace’s play The Trestle at Pope […]
Recently the “made in China” label has been tarnished by controversies, including outsourcing and sweatshop labor practices. But neither politics nor controversy has clouded the superstar status of Lang Lang, the ubiquitous Chinese concert pianist who opened the San Diego Symphony fall season Friday (Oct. 5) under Music Director Jahja Ling. Lang’s presence on the […]
You’ve probably guessed that we’ve got a satire going here, and, in fact, there’s quite a few laugh-out-loud lines. There’s also some pretty good send-ups of media conventions, some references to Obama and Romney that will be dated in six weeks, a funny “debate” about religion, and a lot of references that theatre insiders will catch. In fact, if audiences for The Exit Interview could consist entirely of other actors, it would be uproarious.
People are pretty much the same everywhere, but storytellers understand that audiences love rediscovering this reality through a peep into somebody else’s life. That’s where plays like David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People – presently at the Old Globe Theatre’s White Theatre through Oct. 28 – come from. In a program note, the Boston author describes […]
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 19th century thriller novella by Robert Louis Stevenson about one man’s obsession with the violent conflicts between good and evil aspects within the same man . That man is not Frank Wildhorn, though it could be. Wildhorn and his faithful English companion Leslie Bricusse have […]
When David Mamet’s Glengary Glen Ross first exploded on the stage, its nonstop profane dialogue left many in a state of shock. Some 28 years later, this now ubiquitous vocabulary gurgles from the 7-year-old youngsters on Comedy Central’s South Park as well as from the cuddly, singing puppets from Broadway’s Avenue Q. The current La […]