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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.

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land."

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Two plays -- one I love, and one I've never liked -- are currently running in repertory on Broadway at the tiny jewel-box called the Cort Theatre.

Stage Door: Waiting For Godot, No Man's Land

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The current Broadway revival at the Cort Theater of Waiting For Godot is never less than riveting. That's thanks to the extraordinary chemistry between Ian McKellen as Estragon and Patrick Stewart as a determined, upbeat Vladimir/Didi.

The No Drama Guide

Tracy Crossley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

It's great to be supported while we're blowing off steam. Drama is about the details, venting is about an actual issue. Once you've vented, you can now focus on making a decision or taking action. You move past the disappointment and start feeling better.

Please Stay, Christine Day!

Julie Buckner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Julie Buckner

lululemon, please bring back Christine Day! Ms. Day, 51, who announced in June that she'd be stepping down as soon as a successor was named, is still acting in her capacity as CEO. But she's been rather quiet lately.

The Best Man Holiday

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Running into old friends often brings up mixed feelings. Fond recollections. Unfinished business. Bad memories. Petty rivalries. Insecurities. Unrequited love. That's the range of emotions and dynamics in this follow-up film to the 1999 romantic comedy.

Richard Pryor, Furious Cool, and an Early Thanksgiving

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In what is clearly (and beautifully) a labor of love, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming ...

Scratching One's Head About The Pain and the Itch

Brad Schreiber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

For some reason, those who vote for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama over at Columbia University are often smitten by the mufti-generational family saga. It worked quite a few times for O'Neill and plays like Sam Shepard's Buried Child and Tracy Letts's August: Osage County.

Tools for the Stage: Digital Technology in Theatres Engages Audiences in New Ways

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Access to arts education resources is one of the most problematic aspects of our school system, with wealthier schools invariably being better served than poor ones. Technology promises to help bridge that gap, as well as that of distance.

First Person Account of 1938 Martian Invasion

Tyler Moss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tyler Moss

It's a quiet night in the small central-Illinois city of Jacksonville on October 30, 1938. Lou Lemmons, a 19-year-old-waitress at Winston's Cafe, is...

The Snow Geese: Fighting On

Danny Groner | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Those drawn to The Snow Geese for the star at the center of it, Mary-Louise Parker, might be disappointed to discover a vulnerable, careless woman whose demons have been exposed after the untimely death of her husband.

Stage Door: Juno and the Paycock, The Winslow Boy

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Sean O'Casey's street poetry is on display in the Irish Rep's Juno and the Paycock, the second play in his Dublin trilogy.

My Failed Acting Career -- and Why It Wasn't a Failure at All

Roxie Sarhangi | Posted 10.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Roxie Sarhangi

Then something happened when I turned 30. I suddenly felt like time was running out. It is no secret that Hollywood spits out women over 35. When I didn't get a callback, I took the rejection as more personal than ever.