L.A. Theatre Works' "The Play's the Thing" live radio theatre series presents Stacy Keach, Jeffrey Jones and Miriam Margolyes in the West Coast premiere of Another Time, Ronald Harwood's portrait of a musical prodigy and his dysfunctional South African Jewish family, May 31-June 4 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Rosalind Ayres is the director.
In 1950s South Africa, Belle and Ike Lands (Margolyes and Keach) remain in a loveless and financially troubled marriage for the sake of their teenaged son, Leonard, who is a gifted pianist. Thirty-five years later, an adult Leonard (also portrayed by Keach), now an internationally acclaimed concert pianist living in London, reunites with his mother. Harwood explores the contribution Leonard's painful upbringing has made to his art, as well as the toll that his single-mided devotion to music has takern on his own marriage and teenage son.
Harwood has written many plays, the best known of which is The Dresser. His most recent novel, "Home," was awarded the Jewish Quarterly Prize for fiction in 1994.
Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 827-0889.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent