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Vet LA Theater Critic To Launch Community-Funded Digital Pub

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

In the aftermath of severe cutbacks in local theater coverage by LA Weekly and other Southland publications, veteran theater critic Steven Leigh Morri...

Trainspotting at the Elephant Theatre: Daring, Gritty and Heartbreaking

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Roger Mathey's latest revival of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about a circle of heroin addict friends in Edinburgh, Scotland, Trainspotting, is one of the most visceral, blood and guts stage dramas I've seen in recent memory -- or maybe ever.

Placido Domingo Conducts Dulce Rosa Opera at Broad Stage!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On Friday evening, May 17, there will be a spectacular musical event at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage -- the first of six performances of a new opera, Dulce Rosa, based upon a celebrated short story by Chilean author, Isabel Allende.

Here Now: The Actor's Gang's Heart of Darkness

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The essence of theatre is wonder. The Actor's Gang understands this. And so does Brian T. Finney, the actor who performs his own stunning one-man adaptation of the Heart of Darkness, at the Ivy Substation Theatre in Culver City.

Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley Make Theatre Magic Together in Assisted Living

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Sometimes great pieces of original art take their own sweet time, as is the case with Assisted Living -- which should have Los Angeles theatre-goers sending a new batch of fan mail Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley's way.

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.

An Interview With Playwright/Director Daniel Talbott on Slipping at Rattlestick West

Jody Christopherson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

"Slipping... came out of reading an article in The New York Times about Sarah Kane, and her life and work. ... I just loved so much how she talked about experiential theater and why she attempted to write plays, and something just popped in me and I was like, 'I want to try this.'"

The Gift Opens at Geffen Playhouse in Westwood

Jay Weston | Posted 04.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I was a fierce fan of a TV show called Dawson's Creek during its six season run some years ago, probably because I adored the winsome Katie Holmes, who played Joey. I was reminded of that last night when I visited the wonderful Geffen Playhouse.

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.

Theater Review: Other Desert Cities at Mark Taper Forum

Jason Mannino | Posted 02.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Jason Mannino

It seems a rare theatrical phenomenon when a playwright understands how to emotionally connect with a generation. John Robin Baitz does this brilliantly in Other Desert Cities, running at Mark Taper Forum through January 6, 2013.

Theater Review: Anything Goes Sets Sail at Ahmanson

Jason Mannino | Posted 02.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jason Mannino

For a holiday treat overflowing with joy, fun, and some of Cole Porter's greatest classics, run to the Ahmanson theatre where the tour of the 2011 Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes sails through January 6, 2013.

Karen Carpenter Meets Judy Blume in a Glorious Musical at Hollywood's Hudson Theatre

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Calling occupants of the 1970s (and those who may have wished to experience the decade, but weren't born yet) run don't walk this weekend to the Hudson Theatre's gloriously fun Are You There God, It's Me Karen Carpenter.

Theater Review: You Can't Take It With You at Antaeus

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

While it has long been regarded as an old chesnut in the theater world, there is a refreshing contemporary resonance in the revival of You Can't Take It With You at the Antaeus Company under the thoughtful direction of Gigi Bermingham.

Ojai Playwright's Conference - Planting Seeds of Greatness

Jonathan Whipple | Posted 08.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Whipple

In the warm, artsy town of Ojai, California, actors, playwrights and theater lovers gathered at the annual Ojai Playwright's Conference, which brings some of the brightest and most vibrant voices in theater together in an intimate environment.

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.

Follies at the Ahmanson Is Musical Theatre at Its Finest

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.08.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Los Angeles, you are in for a treat. Follies, the 1971 landmark musical that collected seven Tony Awards, takes Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre by storm -- direct from Broadway, and bigger and better than ever.

Preview: When Lucent Met Herakut at Palace Theater

Carmen Zella | Posted 04.18.2012 | Arts
Carmen Zella

Herakut and Lucent Dossier Experience have joined forces to create a performance about broken dolls and broken dreams in a visual exploration of live music, costuming, live painting and dynamic cirque acts.

Cirque du Soleil's Ovo Drove Me Buggy... In a Nice Way

Jay Weston | Posted 03.27.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

When the lights went down, the 'insects' started crawling around the stage (and the theatre), and I was immersed in a headlong rush into their colorful ecosystem teeming with weird life.

Poison Apple Sweetens LA Theater

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Tony Bartolone

2011-11-14-20111029PAPub_1111111.jpg Poison Apple is Sean Galuszka's one-act play

My LA: Finding The City’s Beauty And Ugliness With Anna Deavere Smith

| Heather Wood Rudulph | Posted 09.24.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Anna Deavere Smith
 Current LA Gig: The New York writer/actress/director (and veteran of TV and film) is performing her latest one-woman sho...