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New Play 'Discord' Is Like Your Philosophy 101 Class, But Funnier

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts

At some point in our lives, we've all asked ourselves the same two questions: "Why are we here?" and "Does God exist?" Scott Carter's new play "Dis...

First Nighter: Is Donald Margulies's 'Country House' Too Chekhovian or Not Chekhovian Enough?

David Finkle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Curiously, one of the reasons the play falls short of Pulitzer Prize-winning Margulies's usual vaunted mark is that he's chosen, as many playwrights before him have, to make The Country House an homage to Chekhov. To be more specific, he's saluting--if you want to call it that--The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, and he goes seriously awry doing so, falling far short of Chekhov's dramaturgically and emotionally involving level

Neil LaBute Q&A: The Controversial Playwright Talks About His L.A. Theater Takeover

Jose Martinez | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jose Martinez

It's interesting to have LaBute's unrelenting drama, often filled with self-absorbed characters and very poignant and disturbingly social themes, takeover Los Angeles theater.

The Piano Lesson

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On a Friday afternoon in Vienna in 1938, fourteen-year-old piano prodigy Lisa arrives on the trolley for her lesson to discover that Mahler Street has suddenly been renamed Meistersinger Street.

Orson Bean Stars in new Geffen Play, "Death of the Author"!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have been in awe of a fellow named Orson Bean almost all of my life. Since we are exactly the same age, I followed his career spanning nearly six decade as we both grew up, he to stardom and me to being a film producer and journalist.

Bette Middler at The Geffen; "Parfunerie" at Wallis!

Jay Weston | Posted 02.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

The live theatre scene in Los Angles is alive and well. All over town dramatic stage performances are springing up, and the prospects of seeing a ...

Neil Patrick Harris Brings the Magic of Nothing to Hide From LA to NYC

Victoria Ordin | Posted 02.01.2014 | New York
Victoria Ordin

My second and last time at the Magic Castle was during college for a fundraiser. I had therefore not been to a magic show in some twenty years, not even a cheesy, terrible one, as Derek quips this show is not.

Rapture, Blister, Burn Smolders at Geffen Playhouse

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

We're in a liberated America, but the point of the play is to expose the frequent clash between instinct and intellect as women enjoy the fruits of modernity while dealing with men who rarely conform to the supposed advances of a post-feminist America.

Mamet's American Buffalo Opens at the Geffen Playhouse!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On Wednesday evening, I attended a production of David Mamet's play American Buffalo at the wondrous Geffen Playhouse -- the first such production in L.A. in a dozen years.

Sasha Bronner

THE MAGIC TOUCH

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 02.28.2013 | Los Angeles

Many Angelenos would call LA a magical city, but the actual culture of magic has a ravenous fan base in the city of Angels. Derek DelGaudio and Helder...

Sasha Bronner

James Van Der Beek: 'Am I Crazy?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 02.13.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- James Van Der Beek will forever be known to most of us as Dawson Leery from the late-'90s hit television show "Dawson's Creek." But jus...

I Don't Like Magic

Sasha Bronner | Posted 04.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Sasha Bronner

The closest I get to enjoying magic comes in the form of watching Will Arnett's character on Arrested Development perform his atrocious "illusions." But Nothing To Hide has turned my personal relationship with magic from nonexistent to we're-in-love giddiness.

I Met "Vera Stark" Last Night at the Geffen Playhouse... and Liked Her!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

By The Way, Meet Vera Start, didn't change my life, but it did give me a great deal of pleasure, as well as little pain, as I tried all night to puzzle out the ending and collect my thoughts for this epistle.

A Powerful Exorcist Opens at Geffen Playhouse

Jay Weston | Posted 09.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

My curiosity got the better of me and I attended the world-premiere of the new play, The Exorcist, at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse Wednesday evening. I was rewarded with 95 minutes of superb, powerful drama.

A More Intellectual Take On 'The Exorcist'

AP | MIKE CIDONI LENNOX | Posted 07.06.2012 | Home

LOS ANGELES -- Forget the movie. This "Exorcist" is turning heads – by not turning heads. "We're not going to throw up all over the audience," ...

Kathleen Turner Stars as Molly Ivins at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse

Jay Weston | Posted 03.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

In the spring of 2010 Kathleen starred as Molly in the world premiere of Red Hot Patriot. It was a perfect fit, and at last night's opening at Westwood's Geffen Theatre, she again demonstrated why.

Superior Donuts at the Geffen Playhouse Bring New Meaning to "Play With Your Food"

Jay Weston | Posted 08.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I paid my two dollars fifty cents and sucked up a delicious, finger-lickin' sugar-coated vanilla-glazed cinnamon donut, served to me by some of the cast of "Superior Donuts."

Love for Sale -- The Escort Opens at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse

Jay Weston | Posted 06.07.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I was shocked, even stunned, by the play The Escort. I think it is one of the most engaging, interesting and finest depictions of sexual relations I have ever encountered in the theatre.

Ovation Award Winners Announced, 'Equivocation' Wins Big

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Coming smack in the middle of Hollywood awards season, the Ovations can get lost in the mix of glitzy, celebrity-packed parties taking place around to...

Daniel Beaty: Through the Night

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brad Schreiber

Daniel Beaty is the kind of theater artist who has Multiple Personalities. His ability to use voice, posture, and dialogue to create a whirlwind of characters is truly impressive.

One Remote Village, 4 Days, 250 Rapes

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

I remember the sick feeling in my stomach as I read the e-mail from our medical coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cynthia Stafford's $112 Million Lotto Prize And How She Uses It To Give Back

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Cynthia Stafford has always had a generous streak. As a child, Stafford donated her allowance money to UNICEF to help other children around the world....

Annette Bening Stars In 'The Female Of The Species'

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Patricia Zohn

2010-02-11-beningpull.jpg As played convincingly by Annette Bening in this Geffen Playhouse production, Margot, a successful -- but increasingly blocked -- feminist, feels she needn't be sorry about anything she's written.

Review: Carrie Fisher Drinks Her Way to Broadway

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Sims

How does a famous person cope with a litany of personal disasters and addictions? They do what every other actor seems busy with these days -- put on a one-person show.

FutureFest, Dayton's New-Play Competition, Thrives

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The fabulous invalid -- as theater has been termed for decades -- is alive, well and dancing a jig in Dayton.