"Rasa" is the Indian term that describes the essence of an artwork. It only occurs through a participant's uplifted experience of the art and it is flowing in full force in American Conservatory Theater's new production of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink.
The course of ardent love needs to involve pain, and sometimes even agony or tragedy, doesn't it? That's the formula in theater, if not always in life.
No one should be surprised when any theatrical canvas painted by Tom Stoppard is enormous: In Indian Ink, he outdid himself, perhaps too ambitiously.
To Hugh Leonard, his father is the one thing he cannot escape. The autobiographical Da, now at the DR2 Theater off-Broadway, is the Irish Rep's revival of his bittersweet Tony-winning play.
Over the past decade, consumers have been armed with technology that allows us to do great things in our everyday life, but entertainment brands have been extremely late to the game in keeping up with these changes.
If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible.
Broadway is loaded with movie and TV stars -- and the results are mixed. But in the chemistry department, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson deliver the goods in Constellations, now at the Samuel J. Friedman.
It's a little hard for me because I tend to think more in terms of Tony Awards seasons and less in terms of calendar years. That said, "favorite show" is not "favorite new show;" it is really "favorite show open in 2014," which is easier.
Kathleen Turner is one of my favorite actresses and Molly Ivins was a hero. I had the pleasure of seeing Kathleen Turner in Red Hot Patriot the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at the Berkeley Rep. Here are 10 things I learned.
How was it that my best friend's parents could afford a new car and an annual trip to Disney World when we had a ten-year-old Ford Taurus and vacationed at a campsite where the most exciting feature was a public pool?
I chatted over the phone with Kinky Boots cast member Lauren Nicole Chapman, a Michigan native who attended West Bloomfield High School along with Interlochen Center of the Arts, and who made her Broadway debut as a part of the Kinky Boots ensemble last April, then joined the touring company in September.
Although I attended her funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, I never knew Clare Boothe Luce in life. Through Sylvia Jukes Morris' twin works, Rage For Fame and the most recent Price of Fame, I feel I have come to know Clare in all her complexity far more intimately.
And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.
Imagine Belle in a straightjacket, Rapunzel as a German dominatrix and Snow White as a sassy, wisecracking ringleader of dissatisfied princesses. That, and more, comprise the musical Disenchanted, now slinging its saucy satire off-Broadway at the Theater at St. Clement's.
The Ugly One was an utterly hilarious, pitch-black comedy that is perfect for Southern California audiences, as it deals with the perception of physical beauty and the willingness to go to surgical extremes to achieve that state.
Bing Crosby conquered radio, film and the recording industry -- and made it all look easy. The celebrated crooner not only transformed the American music scene, he also played a pivotal role in the creation of the American buddy road movie.