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First Nighter: London Currently Serving Multi-Star Takes on "The Threepenny Opera," "Funny Girl," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hobson's Choice"

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

London--Bertolt Brecht would likely approve of The Threepenny Opera as Rufus Norris directs it, Imogen Knight choreographs it, Vicki Mortimer designs ...

Who Lose, Who Thrives When White Creatives Tell Black Stories

Tonya Pinkins | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
Tonya Pinkins

Twice this year (but too many times in my career) my perspective as a Black woman was dismissed in favor of a portrait seen through the filter of the White gaze. Regrettably, I have exited Classic Stage Company's MOTHER COURAGE as a result.

The Story Of That Marvelous Hero

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A few days ago, Judith Aller, a prominent concert violinist and conductor in Europe and America, wrote me a note saying that her now dead husband's film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was going to be premiered--and asked me if I wanted to go.

The Horse In Motion's production BrechtFest Is A Whirlwind of Talented Actors Serving Up Three Brecht Stories & Breakfast

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

A strange thing is happening the bowels of Seattle's Pike Place Market, and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience last Sunday morning when I attended The Horse In Motion's latest show BrechtFest.

Going for What I Need

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I. Rimanoczy When I was a pre-teenager I attended an "adults only" class in - German. The threshold was set at 16 and I was about 12, but they...

The Ballad of Bobby Shmurda

Francis Levy | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

When rappers become too established and successful they run the risk of losing their outlaw credibility. Queen Latifah is an obvious example of that phenomenon. When they go too far in trying to uphold a legend, they end up dead like Tupac or in jail.

The Threepenny Opera at A Noise Within

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

A Noise Within, one of the nation's premier classical repertory companies, has mounted an ambitious, if somewhat tame, revival of the Brecht/Weill classic. With a solid ensemble cast, the company mounts a faithful and spirited rendition of the timeless Threepenny Opera.

Ute Lemper Breathes New Life Into Poems of Pablo Neruda Through Song

Steve Schonberg | Posted 11.02.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

I had a chance to catch up with Lemper, who took a break from another recording session to talk about her passion for this latest project and excitement for the upcoming performances at 54 Below.

Mother Courage in Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Syria and the Ukraine

Francis Levy | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Francis Levy

There's a disconnect between armies and ideologies and those who bear the burden of conflicts like those raging in Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Syria and the Ukraine. This has always been true and it's true now.

The Threepenny Opera, The Garage Theatre IN COLLISION WITH Alive Theatre, Long Beach, CA

James Scarborough | Posted 10.02.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," directed by Eric Hamme for the Garage Theatre IN COLLISION WITH Alive Theatre, offers a rambunctiously cynical look at London's demimonde, at the corporatization of its street beggars, at the doings of its criminal underworld.

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall

John Feffer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The German playwright Bertolt Brecht frequently used this "alienation effect" to jolt his audiences from their complacency. Edward Snowden is the Bertolt Brecht of the surveillance age.

First Nighter: Blitzstein's 1937 "Cradle Will Rock" Rocks 2013 Encores! Off-Center

David Finkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The cast of the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Marc Blitzstein's once highly controversial first musical The Cradle Will Rock are dressed i...

City on Fire

George Heymont | Posted 08.15.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The Boston Marathon bombings forced many people to ask an age-old question. Is someone's behavior shaped by nature or nurture? Some of life's tragedies are undeniably due to natural cycles. Two shorts screened at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival demonstrated this process with a wry sense of humor.

The New One Percent Doctrine

David Bromwich | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

The architects of behavior will thus be warranted in telling the people that they can win back the confidence of the government only by redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier in that case for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?

Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive.

Matthew Weinstein: When the Revolution Comes, It Will Be a 3D Animation Entertainment With Art Merchandizing

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Matthew Weinstein isn't the first artist to take on the 1950s Situationist guru, Guy Debord, and his warnings against the decadence of spectacle. But until now we didn't see the narration of spectacle played out in the art world with the combined mise-en-scène of theater and the technical illusions of cinema.

First Nighter: Rowan Atkinson, Helen Mirren, Terrific Others Occupy London-Theater Hot Seats

David Finkle | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Due to one of those odd coincidences, theater at the moment seems to be about chairs. Rowan Atkinson sits in a relatively comfy one throughout the flawless revival of Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms, at Wyndham's.

First Nighter: Clive, Moose Murders Include Deaths in More Ways Than One

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

I'm only left to report that in one extraordinary week I saw both Clive and Moose Murders and am prepared in both instances to cry, "Murder most foul!" Which was worse? Please don't ask.

Let's Talk About Class

The European Magazine | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
The European Magazine

America likes to talk about race, but not about class.

The Loss of the Old

Carey Perloff | Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts
Carey Perloff

Why do we assume classics are impenetrable and obsolete? Why do we imagine that an ecology that privileges "emerging artists" while all but abandoning mature ones, let alone historical ones, will have resonance in the long run?

Pride and Brecht and Zombies: CTown Presents The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

If the idea of watching a bunch of talented folks poke fun at Brecht appeals to you, then The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos at The New Ohio Theatre is for you.

Blind Trust: Holder's Bogus "Operation" and Obama's Wall Street Justice

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the White House wants to restore the public's faith it needs to get serious about investigating bank fraud -- real bank fraud, the kind that brought down the economy once and could do it again.

New Theory Behind Brecht's Sudden Death

Yahoo! News | Adam Jourdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A professor at Manchester University in Britain says he has uncovered the truth behind the death of German playwright Bertolt Brecht. Professor Steph...

Why Hipsters Will Save Theater: Cherrywood

Monica Westin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Monica Westin

What ultimately distinguishes hipsterdom is the ironic distance its members have from their identities... the very alienated orientation that I will argue we need to save American theater.

LA's Ring, the Whole Thing: Going for the Gold and Then Some

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

It's all over now, including the shouting. Three cycles of Wagner's tetralogy, Der Ring des Nibelungen, performed over a month of marathons, courtesy of the Los Angeles Opera.