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Entries by Hoyt Hilsman from 10/2012

David Mamet's November at the Mark Taper Forum

| Posted 10.12.2012 | Arts

David Mamet's political farce November, which ran for six months on Broadway in 2008, gets a crackling revival at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

It's the (Electoral College) Math, Stupid

| Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

If the Obama campaign can deliver the ground game and turn in victories in at least one of the three major states -- or wins in the smaller swing states -- then the numbers will add up to a victory.

Theater Review: Seminar at the Ahmanson Theatre

| Posted 10.19.2012 | Los Angeles

Plays about writers and writing present major challenges for both audiences and playwrights. Because writing is such an internal process, full of grinding frustration and occasional exhilaration, it is a tough subject to portray on stage.

My Family's Missile Crisis

| Posted 10.30.2012 | Fifty

Fifty years ago this week, much changed for me, my family and the rest of America. As a nation and a world, we had stared down the barrel of nuclear destruction. However, it seems clear that 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis we are not much closer to banishing the threat of nuclear war.

Mitt Romney, Big Bird and American Creativity

| Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts

Mitt Romney's comment in the first presidential debate about defunding Big Bird was the fodder for lots of jokes, but it has more serious implications, not just for public funding for the arts, but for the future of America's global competitiveness.