Jack Lyons

San Diego Rep Comedy/Satire “The Exit Interview” Premieres

San Diego Rep Comedy/Satire “The Exit Interview” Premieres

The San Diego Repertory Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, has never shirked from meeting any controversy head on when it comes to presenting politically charged theatrical material to its audiences.  If the Rep’s productions are provocative and probing, so much the better as long as they’re entertaining, is the way I […]

Gender-Bending World Premiere Rocks Pasadena Playhouse

Gender-Bending World Premiere Rocks Pasadena Playhouse

Eve Ensler, playwright and author of the popular play “The Vagina Monologues”, had better watch out if she wants to retain her “favorite playwright status” with females around the globe.  The Hollywood husband and wife writing team of Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser, have written an extremely funny and tightly crafted, gender-bending, comedy entitled “Under […]

Hollywood Movies Of The ‘30’S From A Different Pov

Hollywood Movies Of The ‘30’S From A Different Pov

Since her breakthrough play “Intimate Apparel” in 2003 (seen at the Mark Taper Forum in 2004), and her Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Ruined” in 2009, playwright Lynn Nottage now makes a 180-degree turn in subject matter with an interesting and provocative serio-comedy entitled “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”.  It just opened at the prestigious […]

David Mamet’s Political Comedy/Farce “November” Arrives  Just In Time For The 2012 Election 

David Mamet’s Political Comedy/Farce “November” Arrives  Just In Time For The 2012 Election 

“Mametspeak” is once more very much alive and well on the stage of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.  This time it’s a political satire that fuels the razor sharp wit, biting dialogue, and the outrageous viewpoint of Chicago’s Pulitzer prize-winning playwright/author David Mamet. In “November”, Mamet delivers his hilarious, over-the-top commentary on fictitious […]

World Premiere Musical At San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre

World Premiere Musical At San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre

With stories of every stripe and subject being produced for the musical stage these days, one shouldn’t have to ask “How can they make a musical out of the injustice of interning native-born American citizens into forced relocation camps during WW II?”  Fair question.  The answer is: before you complain or dismiss the effort, go […]

Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize Winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” On Stage At The La Jolla Playhouse

Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize Winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” On Stage At The La Jolla Playhouse

David Mamet is a brilliant and fearless playwright.  He’s also a playwright who never met or wrote a four-letter word that he didn’t like.  He has always been a playwright of, and for, the people and one who loves to zero in on subjects and situations that less daring and less confident playwrights feel no […]

A Re-Imagined Homer’s “Illiad” At La Jolla Playhouse Is A Spellbinding Triumph!  

A Re-Imagined Homer’s “Illiad” At La Jolla Playhouse Is A Spellbinding Triumph!  

About 2600 years ago, the first person to step out in front of the traditional line of speaker/orators to deliver lines to an audience is credited to Thespis, a Greek poet/storyteller.  Thus the word “thespian” entered the lexicon.  The story may be apocryphal, but one cannot deny that a powerful art form was born as […]

The Sequel To “Phantom Of The Opera” Arrives As A Movie

The Sequel To “Phantom Of The Opera” Arrives As A Movie

It took Andrew Lloyd Webber twenty years to finally come up with a sequel he felt was worthy of his worldwide live theatrical blockbuster success – “Phantom of the Opera.  His efforts to match the unbelievable box office grosses and popularity of “Phantom”, however, hit several bumps in the road along the way.  Under orders […]

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