A few years ago, I met Carlos Espinosa, the founder of Holy Wood Acting Studio in California, and commented on one of his video blogs. I was struck by his wisdom and passion for opening an acting studio in California that is faith-based.
It's a remarkable journey full of compelling twists and turns, and a lasting impression that combines sadness with kindness.
Much of the story is beautifully recreated on this Broadway theater stage. The demanding part of Dr. Zhivago is played by Tam Mutu, a most accomplished English actor; his vast experience of stage, language, singing and acting is clearly ingrained in his character of Yurii Zhivago.
"Truth hath better deeds than words to grace it." Such is the unlikely thesis of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, penned by one of posterity's greatest playwrights to reflect on the fickleness of lust and persistence of love.
German composer Kurt Weill was no stranger to Nazi harassment. A prominent and popular Jewish composer, he fled to Paris in 1933. Well known for his theater hits, such as The Threepenny Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, he soon headed to the safety of New York.
Dr. Zhivago, based on the epic novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Boris Pasternak, missed the mark. Now at the Broadway Theater, it's an ambitious effort and Lucy Simon delivers a stirring and melodic score.
I've never seen a Broadway audience as raucous in a completely rational and organized way as during a couple spots during Something Rotten!.
It may be time for the National Labor Relations Board to step in and mediate LA's "99-seat theater wars."
In my continuing series, Women in the Performing Arts, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable females who lead some of the most successful college theatre programs in the U.S. They discuss the development of their programs, and the impact their teaching is having on young artists.
Christopher Wheeldon's elegant new stage production at the Palace Theater of George and Ira Gershwin's An American in Paris is a must-see, however altered from the original 1951 movie version.
It's unusual for stars or directors to have over two shows a season -- even two is quite an accomplishment.
Small theater is one of the most welcoming places for fresh new voices. In this series I will begin to prove why.
Playwright Wilson's treatment of the psychological trauma faced by many veterans was one of the first theatrical explorations of the topic. And his treatment of the relationship between Ken and his lover was not only rare, but so controversial that many early reviewers could not even mention it.
It's a perfect example of "divide and conquer" that will ultimately lead to the decline of L.A. theater. Why? Because talented young actors, fresh out of drama school or college, will be unable to form their own companies with their colleagues.
By most accounts, urban planners don't need to pay much mind to the policies of stage actors unions. It's the rare city in which theaters have much of an impact on the built environment.
Neverland is a traditional musical blessed with moments of magic. That's thanks to Morrison, who, as the imaginative Mr. Barrie, carries the show from start to finish. (And who counts numerous Glee fans in the audience.)