December 3, 2008
From time to time, while thumbing through one of my usage guides, my eye will stop on the phrase ?so inflected.? This phrase always comes after a list of forms of the same verb, such as ?drink, drank, drunk.? And it always reminds me of the famous Yul Brynner line, ?So let it be written, so let it be done.? That, in turn, reminds me that I?m a geek, which causes me to quickly turn the page. That?s why it took me so long to realize that packed into the neat little term ?so inflected?
February 7, 2014
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
November 1, 2000
Mary Mallory, Enjoy! BURBANK -- One-person shows seem either to be stage documentaries revealing the lives of famous people, avant-garde slices of life, stand-up acts, or comedy revues focusing on a diverse slate of characters. Denise Moses follows the latter route, bringing an eclectic array of Southern eccentrics vibrantly alive in "Girly Americana," her one-woman show at the Burbank Little Theater in George Izay Park. A series of bawdy comedic monologues and riffs, the show entertainingly and touchingly documents such characters as a kindergarten teacher, country-western singer, cable talk show host, wrestler, drama coach, poetess and beauty pageant contestant.
March 18, 2009
Offering insight on issues of race and gender, the Alexia Robinson Studio in Burbank presents a powerfully moving rendition of “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.” Robinson herself skillfully directs this extremely complex and emotionally charged production. Originally conceived in 1975, playwright Ntozake Shange’s script exposes the trials and camaraderie of a group of African American women. Constructed as a “choreopoem” this piece incorporates dance, song and the spoken word.
April 13, 2005
Dink O'Neal A picture-perfect cast and Broadway-caliber production values make "Sleuth," at Burbank's Falcon Theatre, an absolute must-see. Kudos go to renowned Los Angeles-area theatrical director Michael Michetti for helming a razor-sharp version of playwright Anthony Shaffer's Tony Award-winning, two-act thriller. His ability to keep an audience off-guard yet focused on the action, whether a moment is terrifying or comedic, is a quality oft lacking when it comes to handling this style of show.
February 3, 2014
The sign advertising his show still looms over the NBC parking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. But Jay Leno says he's ready to leave - and this time, he says he really means it. After more than 40 years, "The Tonight Show" is leaving Southern California and heading back to New York, with the 63-year-old Leno, who first became host in 1992, handing off the show to Jimmy Fallon, just 39. Four years have passed since NBC botched a similar passing of the torch to Conan O'Brien.