Monday, March 29, 2010

My latest article in AMERICAN THEATRE is out... the April 2010 issue. Page 50: a review of playwright David Rabe's DINOSAURS ON THE ROOF, a novel.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back on stage...

I have to admit, it was fun being up on stage again even if all I was doing was welcoming the audience, introducing speakers and moderating questions for the main speaker at the Dan Pink lecture I presented. More pix from this event here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mike Eggers: A true original

Vincent Eggers, son of (and the spitting image of )Mike, paid homage to his late father.
Yesterday, I attended the tribute to Mike Eggers, who died suddenly last month. Though I knew him only for a few years on our homeowners association board together, he was the kind of guy who made you feel like you've known him all your life. Interestingly, he was a freelance publicity for the Laguna Playhouse for a while in the early 80s, before my arrival, but I first learned of him when he became Mayor of Dana Point, a city that owes him a great deal for being instrumental in its incorporation. He was also a key aide to Congressman Ron Packard, whom he helped get elected in an unusual write-in campaign. The memorial at San Juan Capistrano's famed El Adobe Restaurant was packed with politicos--current and former elected officials at every level. It had the feel of a "roast" but was sincere and heartfelt.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

"All the More to Love" Debuts - Finally!

I commissioned Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler to write a musical three years ago called All the More to Love, and produced a workshop of it at Laguna Playhouse. The Playhouse first announced it on their 2008-09 season, and then cancelled it. I'm delighted to report that it is at last making its debut in Phoenix. Here are the details.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Jon Marans' "The Temperamentals" gets NY Times rave

I had the pleasure of directing Jon Marans' play "Old Wicked Songs" about 12 years ago at Laguna Playhouse, which is how I met him. We became good friends, and I was able to orchestrate a summer-long residency for him at the theatre in 2002, when I directed the World Premiere of his play "Jumping for Joy." He spent the summer working on "Strange and Separate People," and we held a reading of it.
Though he's written a number of plays, he's not had the kind of attention he received in 1997 when "Rent" edged out "Old Wicked Songs" for that year's Pulitzer Prize. "OWS" has been produced in many languages all over the world.

But now Jon has a bona fide hit: "The Temperamentals." Today's New York Times carries a front page arts section review that's about as good as anyone ever gets from critic Ben Brantley.