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First Nighter: Alice Birch's 'Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again' Introduces the Feminist Absurd

David Finkle | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Yoo-hoo, theater cognoscenti! Remember Theater of the Absurd, the new strain of writing that--to fall into reviewer's clichés--burst on the scene in the 1950s? That's when playwrights like Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco began making names for themselves.

World Theatre Day

Beata Pozniak | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts
Beata Pozniak

Sunday, March 27, was World Theatre Day. Established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), it is an annual celebration that honors the art of theater. Every year a selected figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the state of theater.

Barney's Wall

Francis Levy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Barney Rosset was the founder of Grove Press and Evergreen Review and was a proselytizer for among other things the Theater of the Absurd. He brought ...

Ask Questions and Live Into the Answers

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

"Never be afraid to ask questions, especially of yourself. Discovery is the mission of life." -- Brian Kates Educators have long known the value of ...

A Conversation With Eugene Ionesco

Barbara Kraft | Posted 07.16.2013 | Arts
Barbara Kraft

For Ionesco politics lie, art, true art, cannot lie. "Politics separate men by bringing them together only superficially. Art and culture unite us in a common anguish that is our only possible fraternity, that of our existential and metaphysical community."

"The Bald Soprano" and "The Chairs," The Garage Theatre, Long Beach

James Scarborough | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

The two productions reflect the meaninglessness of the world a few years after the end of World War Two, a world devastated by unimaginable tragedy carried out on a monumental scale, all conducted with the infuriating and mechanical banality of "I just followed orders."

Barney Rosset, Richard Seaver, and William Burroughs in Midcentury Paris

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.02.2012 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Barney Rosset died last week at age 89, and for those who valued his contribution to upholding First Amendment rights in this country, his championing the works of artists, the event truly marks the end of an era.

Theater Review: Chairs in the City of Dreams

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 06.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

A brilliant new production of Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs, now at A Noise Within Theater in Glendale, reminds us that genuine classics do not lose, but acquire meaning over time.

A Hell of a Mess or Oh, What A Bloody Circus, Alive Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Scarborough

For a glimpse into the up- and downside of Zen-like passivity, check out Alive Theatre's production of Eugene Ionesco's "A Hell of a Mess or Oh, What ...

Harold Pinter Does Not Deserve the Post Mortem White-Washing He Is About to Receive

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

Ever since Pinter was a teenager, he was relentlessly contrarian, kicking out violently against anything that might trigger his rage that day.