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Popcorn Preview: Boyhood

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Boyhood (2014) Cast includes: Patricia Arquette (Medium), Ethan Hawke (Training Day), Ellar Coltrane (Fast Food Nation), Lorelei Linklater (Waking Lif...

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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.

How to Avoid Unnecessary Drama in Your Life

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Leigh West

The best way to become aware of an "ego drama in the making" is to recognize and acknowledge it, like a pet, the moment it starts scratching at the door -- don't wait until it's barking and whimpering and ripping up all your furniture to rein it in.

Script Leak Reveals Huge 'True Detective' Spoiler

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment

All those "True Detective" casting rumors just took a Detective Marty Hart right hook to the face. Info on the new season of HBO's hit crime drama ...

Aurora Revives American Buffalo With as Much Thunder as Ever

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.23.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

David Mamet's American Buffalo and Aurora Theatre's postage-stamp stage were made for each other.

Jersey Boys

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.19.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That's the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image.

Juilliard's 109th Commencement Speech

Joyce DiDonato | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Joyce DiDonato

Chairman Kovner, President Polisi, most distinguished honorees, dedicated family, friends, faculty, and to EACH of the talented, ambitious, courageous...

Two Outstanding Films Not to Miss: 'Belle' and 'Fed Up'

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.19.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Belle's lineage affords he...

Kushner's Epic Guide in Berkeley: Edgy Portrait of Family's Turmoil

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.27.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Given the sharp characters, bright dialogue and ambitious conception, I have to hope that Kushner and company can pull all the pieces together into a drama that engages the emotions as well as the mind. It's not there yet.

Encore: San Diego Opera's Drama Saga

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

After reporting that the San Diego Opera was going to close in April 2014 based on a board vote of 33:1, this cultural institution has been given an encore performance through the community's financial generosity.

Why Some People Are Magnets For Negativity

OWN | Posted 04.25.2014 | OWN

Do you find yourself attracting unwanted drama? Bestselling spiritual author Eckhart Tolle says you may be the problem. On their "A New Earth" seri...

How To End Your Addiction To Drama

OWN | Posted 04.24.2014 | OWN

Are you seeking peace or drama in your life? Bestselling spiritual author Eckhart Tolle says we all want peace -- but something inside of us yearns...

William Shakespeare at 450

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.

Stage Door: Bullets Over Broadway, Violet, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.20.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Is art worth killing for? Woody Allen's new Broadway musical Bullets Over Broadway, an entertaining romp, thinks so.

Maureen Ryan

'Turn' Has Redcoats And Rebels, But Lacks Spark

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.04.2014 | TV

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the plague of one-word titled shows that have infested the broadcast networks. The hallmarks of shows like "Cri...

How to Follow Strangers: An Indie That Marches to Its Own Beat

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I have a soft spot for indie films about characters in their twenties who are trying to make sense of their lives. But this is a bit different.

Scorching Medea in San Francisco: 2,400 Years Old, Timelessly Potent

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.11.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

With a scorching Leontyne Mbele-Mbong in the title role and compelling direction by Dawn Monique Williams, this fresh Medea bridges the centuries in its visual style, language and impact.

When Classroom Dramas Play Out in Identity Crises

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 04.27.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Piercing my nose or vacationing in Cape Cod does not make me Indian or Irish. I am both and neither, an absurdity I will struggle to make sense of for the rest of my life.

Stoppard and Sappho

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As I read the two new Sappho poems for the first time, I thought of Stoppard constantly. It seemed as if he'd somehow conjured them into re-existing, to me at least, by the graceful, gracious way he treated Sappho in his most recent stage play.

Stage Door: A Man's A Man, Outside Mullingar

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A smart production, set among orange oil drums, features a sharp cast, perfect lighting and sound design by Justin Townsend and Matt Kraus, respectively, and original music by Duncan Sheik. A Man's A Man is a rare opportunity to see early Brecht deftly presented.

That Awkward Moment

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

First-time director/writer Tom Gormican has one finger on the pulse of twentysomethings. Their swagger. Naïveté. Innocence. Ignorance. Arrogance. Testosterone overload. He cobbles together three young-turk characters who are feeling their oats on New York City streets.

A Mom and Daughter on the Too Much-ness of Loose Teeth

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

I believe this is one of life's greatest ironies. Kids work so hard to grow those cute little baby teeth. Us mommas buy the Orajel and the teething rings and and amber necklaces to help them through the discomfort. And before you know it, they start falling out of their heads.

Stage Door: Machinal

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Few know playwright Sophie Treadwell, but they should. An esteemed journalist and actress, she wrote 40 plays in the first half of the 20th century. Her best-known work, the 1928 Machinal, a high point in Expressionist theater, is being revived on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater.

6 Truths About Finding Happiness

Vanessa Dunne | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Dunne

I'm not saying forget about whatever it is that is bothering you. Those chapters in our lives shape us. What you can do though, is come at peace with these times. Accept them. Honor them. And move forward.

2013 Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions

Brad Schreiber | Posted 03.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Brad Schreiber

You'll see no numbers next to these exemplary, Los Angeles-area theatre productions, for they all deserve the greatest respect.