| Jan 18, 2011
On a windy, showery February evening midway through our 16-night cruise from Laem Chabang, Thailand, to Shanghai, my wife, Laurel, and I stood on the balcony of our stateroom aboard the Ocean Princess, berthed at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula. Across...
| Aug 8, 2010
On a steamy, drizzly morning, my friend Alejandra Cisneros leads us on a narrow dirt path through the flooded rice fields.
A few yards away, a dozen ducks march single file across a dirt berm, tails twitching, looking very businesslike. Local farmers...
| Aug 26, 2010
| 8:51 PM
The Laguna Playhouse is gearing up to celebrate its 90th (that's right, 90th) season in 2010-11, but somehow it won't be quite the same as the past 20.
Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's popular and highly skilled artistic director, who has held the...
| Aug 14, 2011
"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun." To that, lyricist Noel Coward could have added bargain-seeking golfers. If you thought Las Vegas hotel prices dropped when the mercury climbs skyward, wait until you see the green fees at nearby courses....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:32 PM
No sooner does September check in than local stage productions flood in.
The honor of kicking off the 2011-12 season goes to the Costa Mesa Playhouse. This weekend it revives Noel Coward's ghostly comedy "Blithe Spirit." That's the antique chuckler about...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 5:15 PM
Editor's note: This adds the day the LOCA event is happening.
Lee Rocker to be honored at Art Star Awards
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will be honoring homegrown rockabilly musician Lee Rocker with the "Visionary Arts" award during the Fifth...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 6:20 PM
All good things must come to an end, and for Andrew Barnicle, his 20-year stint as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse winds up with his revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," opening this weekend.
For Barnicle, the past two decades have been...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Noel Coward's "Private Lives," written in 1930, is a decade younger than the Laguna Playhouse, at which this classic comedy is being joyously revived with its verbal barbs flying as fast as the props the actors hurl at one another.
| Sep 14, 2011
| 11:28 PM
If there ever were such a thing as a truly symmetrical play, Noel Coward discovered it back in 1925 when he wrote the whimsical but witty comedy "Hay Fever."
This hastily written (Coward penned it in three days) satire — inspired by some of the...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 9:44 PM
When he was a child, Noel Coward's mother took him to a succession of mediums and psychics, an experience he used to create one of his most enduring stage comedies.
"Blithe Spirit" — which Coward reportedly took five days to create — is...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 4:23 PM
Having reached the milestone of its 50th season, the Westminster Community Theater is making plans for its 51st, which will get underway next month.
Things will get started on a prestigious note with a play that won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony...
| Feb 8, 2011
Lesley M.M. Blume, the New York editor of an online culture and style website, hardly cuts the profile of someone with her Manolo Blahniks stuck in the cement of the past.
Which makes it all the more curious that she stitches her days with a bevy of...